Bloody / Virgin Mary

This classic cocktail can be enjoyed equally by drinkers and drivers alike if you serve two versions, but be careful not to confuse them! The tomato juice provides plenty of the antioxidant lycopene, which helps protect your skin from UV damage from the sun – ideal in warm weather.


Serves 4

4 shots of vodka (omit for a Virgin Mary)

600ml (1pt) tomato juice

juice of half a lemon

a good slug of Tabasco or hot pepper sauce

a good slug of Worcestershire sauce

celery salt or sea salt, to taste, depending on

tomato juice seasoning

freshly ground black pepper

2 sticks of celery, cut in half


1 Place ice in four short glasses and add a shot of vodka, if using, to each one.

2 Pour in the tomato juice, lemon juice, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce and stir. Add salt and pepper, and adjust the seasoning to taste, then add a stick of celery to each glass before serving.

Cook’s Notes

Gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, yeast-free • V • Can be made in advance

From Delicious, Health Sugar Free by Patrick Holford and Fiona McDonald Joyce. With special thanks to Fiona McDonald Joyce for use of these recipes for Holford Health Club members.

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