Virgin Garden-Fresh Bloody Mary

Virgin Garden-Fresh Bloody Mary

Make this zesty garden-fresh drink when summer tomatoes and peppers are at their peak.

From EatingWell: July/August 2009
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 15
Total Time: 135


  1. 3 large ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges
  2. 1/4 cup lemon juice
  3. 2 jalapeños, stemmed and seeded
  4. 2-3 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  5. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  6. 1 teaspoon sugar
  7. 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  9. 4 caperberries, (see Shopping Tip) or large green olives for garnish
  10. 4 pickled dilly beans, for garnish


Puree tomatoes in a blender with lemon juice, jalapeños, horseradish to taste, Worcestershire, sugar, celery salt and pepper, scraping down the sides as necessary. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses. Spear caperberries (or olives) and dilly beans on toothpicks to garnish the drinks.

Tips & Notes

  • Shopping Tip: Capers are dried and pickled small flower buds from a shrub native to the Mediterranean. Caperberries are the more mature fruit produced by the shrub. They are about the size of an olive, starchier than the smaller caper and usually sold with the stem still attached. They typically used as a drink garnish, but can also be served as an appetizer—like olives. Look for them in well-stocked supermarkets near olives and pickles or find them online at


Nutrition Per Serving: 38 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 2 g fiber; 154 mg sodium; 375 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (45% daily value), Vitamin A (25% dv).

1/2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1 vegetable