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

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.