Detox Bloody Mary

Detox Bloody Mary | A Couple Cooks

I was never much of a Bloody Mary fan, but after being married to Alex for a while, his love for the drink started to wear off. Alcohol isn’t the first thing I turn to in the morning either, so when Alex suggested this “detox” Bloody Mary, I was game. His philosophy was this: Bloody Mary mix is made of incredibly healthy stuff: tomatoes, horseradish, garlic, lemon; without the alcohol, it would be the perfect cleansing drink for the post-holiday malaise.

After whipping up some Bloody Mary + chard smoothies, which turned an unappetizing shade of brown, we settled on this tomato-based concoction. Spicy and perfectly seasoned, it’s full of vegetable goodness. Since it’s easy to mix up, it’s a great alternative to pre-made mix – and refreshingly delicious.

If you don’t have plans for New Year’s Eve brunch, try this one! It’s a great way to detox from the rich food of the holidays (or add the vodka for a non-detox version; see below!). Happy New Year!

*PS Thank you to everyone for your kind comments on our last post. Your support means so much to us! xo


Detox Bloody Mary

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Tip: To use vodka for a “non-detox” version, add it at a ratio of 4 parts Bloody Mary mix to 1 part vodka.


  • 1 lemon
  • 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning (plus additional for garnish)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Celery (for garnish)
  • Pickles, olives, and wooden skewer (for garnish)


  1. Juice 1 lemon. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. To serve, place Old Bay seasoning on a plate; wet the rim of each glass and dip it into the seasoning to rim the glass. Pour in the Bloody Mary and garnish with a celery stalk and a wooden skewer speared with pickles and olives.


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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


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    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    December 30, 2014 at 9:01 am

    I’ve never been the biggest Bloody Mary fan either, but my husband loves them and made a few during the holidays. So I’m warming up slowly, and your recipe looks delicious and easy – I’ll have him use this recipe the next time he whips them up!

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    December 30, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    My husband drinks a glass of low sodium veg juice every morning. When we put it on the grocery list, we just write ” gross juice.” Very juvenile, I know… so maybe I would like a version with fresh ingredients? I so want to drink this and have tried to drink his, but have such an aversion! I pledge to try this because, separately, I love each and every ingredient. I think I can, I think I can…

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    Jessie @ Straight to the Hips, Baby
    December 31, 2014 at 8:51 am

    This looks stellar for any morning! I’m just getting into ‘whole juicing’ and this looks like a great way to get an extra dose of veg. Have a happy New Year!

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    Cynthia @ The Simple Fare
    January 2, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I totally hear you about needing perhaps a booze free drink first thing in the morning :) I actually love drinking Bloody Mary mix without the vodka (especially on flights for some strange reason). Thanks for sharing this – excited to try it out!

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