My goal when making this Clean Eating Bloody Mary (Non-Alcoholic) was to keep it clean and keep it simple.
It’s really a basic recipe but I made mine with freshly juiced tomatoes using my Omega J8005 juicer, and using fresh juiced tomatoes instead of a processed pre-mix makes all the difference!
It had such a clean taste to it!
I was invited with a group of bloggers to participate in a Bloody Mary recipe round-up challenge by Williams-Sonoma and to be honest, had never had a Bloody Mary in my life.
I actually had to go to a local eatery and order a non-alcoholic Bloody Mary to see what it tasted like and what taste profile I was going to try to replicate.
So I had a nice little chat with the bartender who gave me the list of what was in the particular version I was about to drink.
When it was delivered to me, it had a piece of bacon on the side?? a piece of salami?? and a tower of other unknown miscellaneous food items on a stick.
After I tasted it, the flavors I detected were tomatoes, celery, salt and something hot (it was Tony Cachere’s).
One of the ingredients she gave me was a pre-mix called “Zing-Zang”.
Of course, as soon as I came home I looked it up on the internet and all I could think about was thank goodness I only took about three sips of it.
The ingredient list is horrible and full of GMO’s, processed sugar and salt, MSG and wasn’t gluten-free or vegan!
Zing-Zang Bloody Mary Mix
Ingredients: TOMATO PUREE (WATER, TOMATO PASTE), VEGETABLE JUICE BLEND (CARROT, CELERY, PARSLEY, BEET, LETTUCE, WATERCRESS, SPINACH), DISTILLED VINEGAR, SEASONING (SALT, HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE PROTEIN [CORN, YEAST, SOY AMINO ACIDS, WHEAT GLUTEN], SUGAR, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, ONION, SPICE, DISODIUM INOSINATE AND GUANYLATE, SPICE EXTRACT) LEA & PERRINS WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE (DISTILLED WHITE VINEGAR, MOLASSES, WATER, SUGAR, ANCHOVIES, ONION, TAMARIND, SALT, GARLIC, CLOVES, CHILI PEPPER EXTRACT, NATURAL FLAVOR), CELERY SALT, CELERY SEEDS, BLACK PEPPER, SODIUM BENZONATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, PEPPER SAUCE (VINEGAR, AND PEPPER, SALT). CONTAINS FISH (ANCHOVIES), SOY, WHEAT, GLUTEN. (source)
I won’t even tell you how much I paid for this GMO Bloody Mary.
Ok, I will. $8.00. Same price as the alcoholic version too.
The juicer I used, an Omega J8005 (a low-speed masticating juicer), is a powerhouse but I primarily purchased it because it was the best for juicing leafy greens and wheatgrass.
I also own a Breville juicer which is nice because you don’t have to cut up your fruits and veggies before juicing like you do with the Omega juicer.
But since I was juicing tomatoes today, it really wasn’t a problem because they were so soft, with a gently push, the went right down the chute in 1/4 size pieces.
Because the tomatoes were “soft”, I alternated hard/soft as I juiced…piece of celery, piece of tomato, piece of celery, piece of tomato, etc.
The celery helped to push the tomato through more easily.
Once I finished juicing the tomatoes and celery, I strained the pulp…and had to do this several times because of the tomatoes.
With a little patience, I ended up with a beautiful pale red juice that smelled unbelievable!
I played with the seasonings a little and got them exactly where I liked them…but everyone is difference so adjust them if you prefer.
One important note…start very light with the cayenne pepper!
I actually ruined the first batch I made because I put too much and couldn’t even drink it.
I would use just a tiny pinch and taste and see if it needs more before adding any extra.
You want a little, faint touch of heat, but not so much that it overpowers the drink or that it’s too hot to drink.
I would think getting a Bloody Mary from a bar or restaurant using fresh juiced tomatoes is a rarity, but if you make one at home, there is nothing like the flavor and aroma of fresh juiced tomatoes.
Skip the pre-mix with preservatives, GMO’s and other unhealthy ingredients…fresh is best!
Want more healthy recipes? Check out Beet and Celery Juice, Cucumber Apple and Beet Juice, Carrot Apple and Celery Juice or my Clean Eating Cookbook with over 140 healthy, clean eating recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Tomatoes:*
- contains lycopenes which are cancer fighting agents
- high in beta-carotene
- excellent anti-oxidant
- high in vitamin A and K
- high in chromium which helps control blood sugar levels
5 Fast Facts About Celery:*
- improves immune system
- reduces blood pressure
- extremely alkalizing food
- helps to lower cholesterol
5 Fast Facts About Garlic:*
- regulates blood sugar levels
- lowers high blood pressure
- contains anti-bacterial and analgesic properties
- helps to lower cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Cayenne Pepper:*
- increases metabolism
- improves high blood pressure
- has anti-fungal properties
- circulatory stimulant which aids in detoxification
5 Fast Facts About Himalayan Pink Salt:*
- contains 84 minerals
- unrefined, unprocessed, raw
- promotes stable pH balance in cells
- controls water levels in the body
- aids digestion and facilitates better nutrient absorption
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Tip #1: This recipe will make (2) small glasses or (1) large glass.
Tip #2: You can use your favorite variety of tomatoes…I used vine-riped tomatoes to make mine.
Tip #3: Adjust seasonings to your preference…start light with the cayenne pepper (just a tiny pinch).
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