Virgin Mary

I appear to have lived through quite a few decades and remained utterly naive about the world of cocktails and alcohol. I was at some friends’ for lunch recently and we had pre-lunch drinks, which is where I fell in love with the Virgin Mary. Not Jesus’s mum but the cocktail…

It’s a beautiful slightly spicy combination of tomato juice, lemon juice and other flavourful bits and pieces that culminates in a heavenly, healthy, non-alcoholic drink.

I understand that a Bloody Mary is the same but with vodka, which to my mind would totally ruin a nice drink.




  • 500ml of tomato juice
  • Half a big juicy lemon, squeezed
  • Sprinkle of celery salt
  • Few drops of Tabasco
  • Few drops of Worcestershire sauce

Nuush clients: Please apply the portion sizes stated in your account and divide the recipe so that you make only as much you need.


Swish it all up in a shaker, with ice. Serve in a nice glass.

Nutrition Info


Tomatoes are rich in lycopene which is a pokey antioxidant. Antioxidants are like bouncers at a night club, they go around finding stray electrons that are busy causing trouble in your body, and find them a love partner so they can both stay in and cuddle on the sofa.

Tomatoes are also a brilliant source of vitamin C, which supports skin and connective tissue health as well as immunity and iron absorption. The biotin in tomatoes is good for controlling blood sugar.

Good honest nutrition

A world without tomatoes is like a string quartet without violins.

Portion Guidelines

Instead of living with the bore of weighing food, counting points or calories and tapping everything you eat into a phone you can use nature’s custom-designed tool – your hands!

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