A Healthier Bloody Mary Cocktail

Bloody Mary
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Total Time 5 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 0 min
Yield 1 cocktail (134 calories)

A Bloody Mary is a great high-flavor cocktail, but it can be loaded with sugar and sodium, especially if you use a pre-made Bloody Mary mix. If you make your own, however, you can have a nice brunch cocktail and get a serving of vegetables at the same time! Plus, this low-carb cocktail recipe is sure to help you keep your sugar intake in check while you enjoy this classic alcoholic beverage. Because this recipe is a healthier version, though, you have to be careful not to add more alcohol or tomato juice than the recipe calls for. 


  • 1 jigger (1.5 oz or 3 tablespoons) vodka
  • 6 ounces tomato juice (or see note)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon celery salt
  • 2 to 3 drops hot sauce such as Tabasco
  • 2 to 3 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • Dash freshly ground pepper
  • Small dollop horseradish (optional)
  • Ice cubes
  • Optional garnishes: lemon wedge, celery stalk, olives, cocktail shrimp


  1. In a tall glass, such as a highball, mix vodka, tomato juice, and ​lemon juice. Mix in the seasonings, adjusting to taste.
  2. Add ice cubes, and garnish with a lemon wedge, celery stalk, olives, or cocktail shrimp, if desired.

Note About Tomato Juice

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.

Tips for Making 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. It is key you're working with fresh ingredients, and some believe that you need to add the ingredients in a certain order, suggesting the spices—such as salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce—are added before the lemon and tomato juices. And finishing with the alcohol is the best way to perfect the Bloody Mary. You can decide whether this technique is for you, but 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 this recipe does incorporate Tabasco, you may add cayenne pepper or a little more Tabasco if you prefer more heat.

(This will not add carbs, so it's perfectly safe to do.)

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