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Tomato Water Bloody Mary – A Vodka Cocktail

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Last Updated on October 10, 2023 by Leah Hall

A twist on the classic Bloody Mary, this is a lighter version tomato water Bloody Mary cocktail!


Let’s talk for a second about that classic brunch cocktail that helps chase away hangovers and in some cases comes with a full meal in the glass, the Bloody Mary! A favorite of weekend breakfasts, fancy brunch spots, and dive bars alike, there is no definitive recipe for the Bloody Mary, but a couple of basic ingredients are always there, tomato, Worcestershire, vodka and lemon.

Two tall glasses of Tomato Water Bloody Mary Cocktails made with vodka, lemon juice and hot sauce, garnished with lemon and lime curls.

Tomato Water Bloody Mary

Beyond that, the variations in the recipes are nearly endless! So today, we share our take on a Bloody Mary, The Tomato Water Bloody Mary.


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We love a good Bloody Mary, but sometimes Bloody Marys can be hard to drink because the tomato juice or puree can be super thick. So, we wanted to find a way to get that great tomato flavor that gives the distinctive flavor of tomato to a Bloody Mary but in a lighter, more refreshing form.


Then we ran across a dish that used tomato water as part of a vinaigrette. This added an intense tomato flavor to the dish and just like that an idea was born!

Two tall collins glasses filled with Tomato Water Bloody Mary Cocktails, straws and lemon slices. Lemon peels in front

Highballs / Birch print Paper Straws

Tomato water is different from tomato juice or tomato puree as it uses very little of the pulp. The pulp that gives tomato juice or puree its thickness, and often times can be clear or slightly reddish pink.  We started out by roughly chopping a bunch of fresh ripe tomatoes from our garden along with a few cucumber slices and placing them into a cheesecloth lined colander with some salt.

What Ingredients are Needed for the Tomato Water Bloody Mary?

  • Tomato Water
    • Cucumber
    • Salt
    • Sugar and Pepper to Taste
    • Tomatoes
  • Tomato Water Bloody Mary
    • Tomato Water
    • Hot Sauce
    • Vodka
    • Lemon Juice
    • Worcestershire Sauce


Now comes the really easy part, which is just waiting!  The salt helps to draw the moisture out of the tomatoes and down into the bowl.  After a couple of hours, we had a nice bowlful of tomato water which smells just like a fresh cut tomato and pours just like water!


The mix of the cucumber and tomato water is a great combination. The cucumber giving a cool refreshing smoothness to the tart slightly acidic tomato.

A Tomato water bloody Mary Cocktail in a highball with straws, lemon slice, lemon and lime peels. Jigger and flowers in background

Potato Masher / Fine Mesh strainer

The Tomato Water Bloody Mary uses the fresh tomato water, fresh lemon juice, and vodka to make a light and refreshing drink that had a wonderfully bold and aromatic tomato flavor. We added a layer of bold spiciness to the drink by adding Worcestershire sauce and some of fantastic Chipotle Hot Sauce.


The resulting drink was smooth and fresh, hints of sweetness from the tomato water. It played well with the spicy smokiness of from the chipotle hot sauce, and very drinkable. If you want a spicier version, try our Spicy Bloody Mary!




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Two tall glasses of Tomato Water Bloody Mary Cocktails made with vodka, lemon juice and hot sauce, garnished with lemon and lime curls.
Yield: 1

Tomato Water Bloody Mary - A Vodka Cocktail

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A lighter, not thick version of a classic cocktail. This bloody Mary is spicy and delicious.


Tomato Water Bloody Mary

  • 1.50 ounces vodka
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 10-12 drops hot sauce, chipotle gives it a smoky flavor
  • 6 ounces tomato water

For the Tomato Water

  • 3 pounds tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • sugar and pepper to taste


For the Tomato Water

Combine tomatoes and cucumbers in a colander over a large bowl, sprinkle salt over.

Let sit an hour or two and you can squeeze out the extra liquid through a cheesecloth, or smash the tomatoes and cucumbers with a potato masher like we did!

Then run the tomato water through a fine mesh strainer as well to get out any seeds or pulp that made it through.

For the Cocktail

Combine tomato water, lemon juice, vodka, Worcestershire and hot sauce in a cocktail shaker and stir.

Pour over a glass filled with ice.

Garnish with a celery stick, lemon wedge, parsley or tomatoes.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 0.3gSaturated Fat: 0.2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8.1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 717mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0.8gSugar: 6.9gProtein: 0.1g

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Shann Eva

Tuesday 11th of August 2015

This sounds delicious! So refreshing and perfect for a summer brunch. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

The 'Noms.

Tuesday 11th of August 2015

Thanks for stopping by! It is pretty tasty!


Tuesday 11th of August 2015

Oh would my hubby love these. He loves Bloody Mary's but also thinks that sometimes they are just too thick. I will have to show him this post for sure!

The 'Noms.

Tuesday 11th of August 2015

It is the perfect solution to that! Enjoy!

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