Low Carb Cocktail Recipe - Bloody Mary Cocktail

Bloody Mary
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Total Time 5 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 0 min
Yield 1 cocktail

A Bloody Mary is a great high-flavor reduced-carb cocktail. Have a nice brunch cocktail and get a serving of vegetables at the same time? Yes, it's possible!  This recipe is legal for Phase Two of the South Beach Diet. But even if you aren't on a restrictive diet, saving carbs and watching your sugar intake is better for your health. In any case, avoid canned or packaged "Bloody Mary Mixers" which have added sugars. This low-carb cocktail recipe is sure to help you keep your sugar intake in check and still get in an alcoholic beverage.

Tips to Make a Perfect Bloody Mary

Because of the ingredient list, the Bloody Mary has been called one of the most complex cocktails to make. Getting the flavor right requires skill and depending on your taste buds, a balancing act to get it just right. Because you're going for low-carb you have to be careful not to add more alcohol than the recipe calls for, nor add to much tomato juice. To get the taste just right, you may also want to make sure you're working with fresh ingredients. Another important technique is adding the ingredients in a certain order. Some people suggest that adding the spices first, such as the salt, pepper and Worcestershire sauce before adding the lemon and tomato juice, and finishing with the alcohol is the best way to perfect the Bloody Mary. But because it's shaken, this may have no real basis in terms of affecting the taste of the drink. What layering your ingredients systematically will do however is help you keep tabs on how much of each spice you like. Something else to consider when perfecting your Bloody Mary drink-making skills is whether or not you want it spicy. While ours does incorporate Tabasco, you may add cayenne pepper or a little more Tabasco. This will not add carbs, so it's perfectly safe to do.

See our notes below on how you can adjust carbs for other low-carb recipes.


  • 1 jigger (1.5 oz or 3 tablespoons) vodka (nutritional analysis uses 80 proof)
  • 6 oz tomato juice (or see note)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (fresh preferred)
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 to 3 drops hot sauce such as Tabasco
  • 2 to 3 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • dash pepper (fresh ground preferred)
  • dash horseradish (optional)
  • possible garnishes: lemon wedge, celery stalk, cocktail shrimp, olives


Note: An ounce of tomato juice has slightly over one gram of carbohydrate. Most recipes for Bloody Marys have anywhere from 3 to 6 ounces of tomato juice, so you can cut the 6 ounces in half and still be faithful to the Bloody Mary tradition.

In a tallish glass, such as a highball,  mix vodka, tomato juice, and ​lemon juice. Mix in the flavorings, adjusting to taste. Add ice cubes, and garnish with a celery stalk and/or lemon wedge (additional half a gram of carb each).

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