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A Lighter Bloody Mary

Bloody Marys are the quintessential brunch time drink; some might even argue that it's liquid salad. My feeling is that as long as you don't overdo it, they're a fun way to get lycopene in your diet.

Ever since I discovered shochu — a low-calorie alternative to vodka — I've been playing around with different cocktail recipes. My latest is a lighter version of the Bloody Mary but with an Asian twist, and using shochu saves you abut 100 calories. If you can't find shochu in your area, use sake or soju instead. All of these spirits contain fewer calories than vodka and complement the Asian flavors of the drink nicely.

To see the recipe,


Asian Bloody Mary

Asian Bloody Mary


2 ounces shoju
4 ounces tomato juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated wasabi or 1 teaspoon wasabi paste
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce
Pinch of freshly ground pepper
Juice of 1/2 large lime
Celery stalk, tomato, lime, or cucumber spear for garnish


If I don't have homemade tomato juice on hand, I'll use R.W. Knudsen's organic tomato juice. It has no added sugar, and the sodium content is relatively low compared to other store bought brands.

  1. Combine all ingredients except garnish in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake to combine.
  2. Strain over fresh ice into a glass and garnish with assorted veggies.

Makes one drink.

Source: Flickr User kthread

onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 5 years 44 weeks
mmm i love bloody marys. I make mine at home with low sodium V8, but i will have to try this version next time. Yum!
Spectra Spectra 5 years 44 weeks
If I liked Bloody Marys, I would try this. But I don't really care much for them, so I'll pass. I'm still on the lookout for shochu, though.
jkat jkat 5 years 44 weeks
I am more of a mimosa gal myself. Vitamin C!