I was really surprised at how delicious this tasted. Then again, if I thought a moment longer I would've realized it shouldn't be surprising at all. I love tomatoes, garlic, lemon and spices! But I've never been into alcoholic drinks, so the idea of Bloody Mary was not exactly a turn on. However, it's one of my moms favourite cocktails so I decided to make a healthy vegan version just for the challenge. It turned out splendidly. I actually didn't want to hand the glass over to mom because I wanted it for myself! I didn't add any booze (to my mothers dismay) but if you want to, don't let me stop you. This is great a juice recipe on it's own, or a terrific healthy base for a real cocktail.
I basically just researched what a Bloody Mary actually is (mostly tomato juice with booze) and added my own twist by juicing it all fresh. I rimmed the glass with salt, pepper and chili; and used garlic and ginger in the juice to add a spicy punch. It kinda tastes like V8... but approximately ten million times more flavourful and vibrant. Enjoy this before summer is over (here in North America)!
P.S. if you're on the market for a new juicer, check out this page from Williams-Sonoma that lists some of the best juicers and blender available. Yes! You can make juice with a Vitamix!
RAW VEGAN BLOODY MARY
3 large field tomatoes
3 celery stalks1 garlic clove
1 tablespoon chunk ginger
1/4 teaspoon each of salt, pepper and chili powder (mixed together)
Put the tomatoes, 2 of the celery stalks, garlic, ginger and 1/2 of the lemon into your juicer. Wet the rim of a glass and dip into the salt, pepper and chili mix. Pour in your juice and decorate with a lemon slice and celery stalk!
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