How to Make a Virgin Mary Cocktail

By Andrea Cespedes

Start to Finish: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Difficulty: Beginner

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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.