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Bloody Mary Cocktail


Updated February 17, 2009

Bloody Mary Cocktail

Bloody Mary Cocktail

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Have a nice brunch cocktail and get a serving of vegetables at the same time? Yes, it's possible! A Bloody Mary is a great high-flavor reduced-carb cocktail. This recipe is legal for Phase Two of the South Beach Diet. See notes below on how to adjust carbs for other low-carb diets. In any case, avoid canned or packaged "Bloody Mary Mixers" which have added sugars.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 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 Tobasco
  • 2 to 3 drops Worcestershire sauce
  • dash pepper (fresh ground preferred)
  • dash horseradish (optional)
  • possible garnishes: lemon wedge, celery stalk


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, 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).

Nutritional Information: Each serving has 7 grams effective carbohydrate plus 1 gram fiber, and 129 calories.

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