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A Virgin Mary isn't missing all the spice and lush of a full Bloody Mary, it's just missing the alcohol. Whip up a batch of these tomato cocktails to accompany brunch or for a spicy kick any time of day. A Virgin Mary offers greater flavor dimensions than a plain glass of tomato juice.
- 4 ounces tomato juice
- Juice from 1/2 of a lime
- 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon prepared horseradish
- Shake or two of hot sauce
- Pinch celery salt
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cracked ice
- Celery stalk for garnish
Combine the tomato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, hot sauce, celery salt, salt, pepper and ice in a cocktail mixing glass and shake rigorously until completely incorporated -- about 10 seconds. Pour into a serving glass -- a highball, hurricane or flared pint -- and garnish with the celery stalk.
If you like more heat, add additional hot sauce and horseradish. Alternative garnishes include a toothpick skewer of olives, a lemon or lime wedge, a dill pickle or even a single cocktail shrimp. Customize the basic drink above with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of clam juice, olive brine, brown sugar or molasses.