Basil Mary

You'll love the fresh basil flavor in this classic cocktail. We liked it without vodka, but if you prefer a spirited version, add 3 cups chilled vodka to the pitcher before serving.


16 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup)

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Recipe Time

Prep: 14 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 31
Caloriesfromfat 1 %
Fat 0.0 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 1.1 g
Carbohydrate 6.7 g
Fiber 0.7 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.7 mg
Sodium 133 mg
Calcium 20 mg


8 cups low-sodium tomato juice
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon hot sauce
1/2 to 1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon celery seeds
Garnish: fresh basil


Place 1 cup tomato juice and 1 cup basil in a blender, and pulse until basil is pureed. Add lemon juice and next 4 ingredients. Add remaining tomato juice as needed to fill blender, and pulse to blend. Pour mixture into a serving pitcher; stir in remaining tomato juice.

Fill glasses half-full with crushed ice. Pour drink to fill glasses. Garnish, if desired.


Christmas with Southern Living 2008

May 2008