A NON-ALCOHOLIC BLOODY MARY cocktail made with water kefir is the perfect, stylish cocktail for parties or healthy summer brunches! The non – alcoholic version is refreshing, energising, low – cal and rich in vitamins, antioxidants and live cultures.
A very popular cure for the Saturday morning hangover, the NON-ALCOHOLIC BLOODY MARY is a fun way of serving fermented drinks or soft drinks at your next party. Try my recipe for a VIRGIN MARY MOCKTAIL: all the goodness of fermentation with an extra dash of modernity and style!
A tasty, trendy and cool alternative to the classic mid-morning green smoothie. Farwell green monster, welcome healthy cocktail 😉
The Virgin Mary is the alcohol-free version of the famous Bloody Mary cocktail, just leave out the vodka or substitute it with something else (NB: vodka is vegan!) to make a tasty Virgin Mary, full of flavour but with no alcohol!
Summer is the brunch season, that glorious, lazy, highly instagrammable weekend meal, where sipping a drink before 10am is socially acceptable and even encouraged.
But what is a Bloody Mary Cocktail?
The Bloody Mary cocktail is a mixture of tomato juice, vodka and spices, decorated with celery sticks and various toppings. Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, black pepper, lemon juice and a spicy sauce, usually Tabasco sauce are among the basic ingredients.
Combining these ingredients, you have an easy to prepare cocktail with an intense, complex flavour.
Why is Bloody Mary such a famous brunch cocktail?
The tomato juice base gives the drink its rich flavour and no wonder many people consider it a ‘meal in a glass’, making it vaguely healthy and perfectly acceptable socially, as a mid-morning drink!
Tomatoes contain high levels of glutamic acid, the compound that gives food the fifth taste known as umami. This characteristic flavor, combined with the spices and the acidity of the lemon (only in terms of taste, because the lemon is alkaline!), gives the beverage a rich consistency, lightness and a refreshing taste!
The beautiful thing about the Virgin Mary Mocktail is that anyone can enjoy it at any time of the day! Families can order it at the table even in the presence of children, colleagues can sip it during a business brunch with the boss without appearing out of place, girls can enjoy it with besties to catch up on the latest news on Friday evening! Bloody Mary adapts to any situation, adding a touch of vivacity and energy to the lazy mornings of summer weekends.
Preparing a non-alcoholic Bloody Mary from scratch could not be easier. You can make it more spicy or delicate at your taste simply by changing the amount of the ingredients.
In the U.S. you can find tomato juice ready in the fridge or in a can. If you think about it, however, the juice is the base of the recipe so what’s better than a homemade clod pressed tomato juice? During the summer months, when the garden is full of juicy and fragrant tomatoes, take some at home and extract the juice to make a fresh drink from scratch.
Make your own tomato juice
Choosing the best, freshest and tastiest tomatoes will really make the difference. But making tomato juice without an extractor is not possible or it’s really complicated.
That’s why I used my slow juicer to make my homemade tomato juice!
Now that we are in season I want to fully enjoy the flavor of fresh harvest tomatoes and the richer consistency really make this cocktail way more interesting than the classic green juice we all sip in the morning before breakfast!
For my Water Kefir Virgin Mary Mocktail, I’ve used water kefir instead of vodka. Most recipes say to just leave the vodka out, but it didn’t seem right to me. At first, I didn’t know what to suggest as an alternative, but with a dozen kinds of flavoured water kefir in the house, a fermented beverage seemed the best option. Mostly because fermented drinks are healthy and very slightly alcoholic (around 1%) and also because vodka is distilled from the fermentation of cereals or potatoes, so the connection between the two seemed both logical and sooo clever!
Why leave one ingredient out when you can use another one as an alternative? However, don’t worry if you don’t have any kefir, simply use mineral water instead, more tomato juice, or vodka, if you want to use alcohol!
What is water Kefir?
Water kefir is a fermented probiotic drink that contains good bacteria and strains of yeast. Vegan and gluten-free, it’s made from natural water, grains of kefir and natural sweeteners rich in vitamins and minerals. Lightly sparkling with very low alcohol content, it is very refreshing and can be flavoured however you prefer.
Obviously, I thought of alternatives! You can replace the horseradish with wasabi, a Japanese paste that has is very similar to horseradish. Other ingredients that you will probably want to replace are the horseradish and Worcestershire sauce, notoriously not vegan.
Know that many versions of Bloody Mary, even the ones made by the most famous barman, omit this ingredient so we can do the same, right?
The third and last ingredient is the spicy sauce, but original Tabasco is in all supermarkets and it’s vegan!
Personally, I prepare the vegan Worcestershire sauce at home because it is very hard to find here in Italy.
The NON-ALCOHOLIC BLOODY MARY | WATER KEFIR VIRGIN MARY MOCKTAIL is
tasty, energizing and hypo-caloric
refreshing and tasty
contains probiotics and live cultures
rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin A and antioxidants
vegan and gluten-free
not too sweet
easy to make
perfect for a brunch with friends or as an aperitif
So, without further delay, here is the recipe of the Non-alcoholic Bloody Mary Cocktail | Water Kefir Virgin Mary Mocktail!
Add it to your personal cocktail book, along with all the variations that I suggested. Amaze your friends with this cocktail when you feel confident enough as a young Tom Cruise back in the golden age of the movie Cocktail!
NON-ALCOHOLIC BLOODY MARY | WATER KEFIR VIRGIN MARY MOCKTAIL
- 600 g cherry tomatoes or fresh and juicy tomatoes - you will 500ml ~ 2 cups of tomato juice
- 170 g~3/4 cup water Kefir - or mineral water, other juice or Vodka for the alcoholic version - read the post
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- juice of 1 lime - + more to decorate
- 8 drops of Tabasco - or other hot sauce
- 8 drops of Worcestershire vegan sauce - you can omit
- 4-5 drops of wasabi - or vegan horseradish paste
- celery salt - or table salt
- a pinch of pepper
- to serve
- fresh celery - a must!
- ice cubes
- cherry tomatoes or other vegetables
- capers - optional
- lime wedges
- 4 Tumblers - cocktail glasses
- Wash the tomatoes and place them in the slow juicer. Juic until you obtain about 500ml ~ 2 cups of tomato juice.
- Add the lime juice and lemon juice (you can also juice them in the slow juicer) and all the remaining ingredients in an airtight jar. Add the tomato juice and shake well.
- Moist the edges of the glasses with a slice of lime and pass them in the celery salt, (optional).
- Divide the cocktail into the 4 glasses, add 3-4 ice cubes, a small stalk of celery and decorate with a lime wedge.
- Serve immediately.