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