Whether of not you’re a fan of the taste of apple cider vinegar, you’ll hardly detect it in this vodka-free drink. An occasional Virgin Mary apple cider vinegar drink, or mocktail, is a tasty way to take in this beneficial probiotic ingredient.
Apple cider vinegar might be a bit of an acquired taste for some, but with regular use, you will eventually acquire it! This recipe makes one generous beverage; double the recipe for two.
Tomato juice and Bloody Mary mixes: Be aware that most commercial tomato juices and bloody Mary mixes are loaded with sodium, so you won’t want to have this drink every day — unless you like the taste of low- or no-sodium tomato juice (in which case you control the amount of salt, if any).
Also, note that some bloody Mary mix brands contain anchovies, so you’ll want to avoid those you follow a plant-based diet.
What kind of apple cider vinegar to use
For making apple cider vinegar drinks, you’ll want to use the raw, unfiltered, and organic kind. It’s a good-for-the-gut source of probiotics. You may have heard about the benefits attributed to it; learn more about the benefits of apple cider vinegar.
In the U.S., the best-known brand of this kind of apple cider vinegar is Bragg, but there are others. These include Dynamic Health, Trader Joe’s, and Vitacost, as well as store brands. Just remember the trinity: raw, unfiltered, and organic.
Ingredients for Virgin Mary Apple Cider Vinegar Mocktail
- Tomato juice or bloody Mary mix
- Organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar
- Lemon or lime (1; or use bottled juice)
- Freshly ground pepper
- Hot sauce (optional)
- Horseradish (optional)
- Celery (1 stalk)
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- 3 cups tomato juice or bloody Mary mix (see Note)
- 2 to 3 tablespoons organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar, to taste
- 2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- Hot sauce to taste, optional
- Horseradish to taste, optional
- Celery stalks for garnish
- Combine the first 4 ingredients, plus the optional hot sauce and/or horseradish in a pitcher or mason jar and stir together.
- Divide between two glasses over a few ice cubes.
- Insert the celery sticks and drink right away.
Be aware that most commercial tomato juices and bloody Mary mixes are loaded with sodium, so you won’t want to have this drink every day — unless you like the taste of low- or no-sodium tomato juice (in which case you control the amount of salt, if any).
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