Tomato Juice Cocktail

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Editor's Note: When life hands you a bounty of fresh tomatoes, you should make this recipe for Tomato Juice Cocktail! This recipe includes an assortment of ingredients that you might already have growing in your backyard or can purchase at your local farmer's market. This beverage is easy to make and will be the perfect recipe to serve for a light snack in the middle of the afternoon. If you'd like a little bit of heat with your beverage, then consider including the recommended amount of cayenne pepper. There is also a note of caution after the recipe's instructions, too.

The sodium in the celery lends its natural salt to this refreshing late-summer cooler.




Recipe CourseBeverage

Taste and TextureHerby

Type of DishBeverage, Juicer, Non-alcoholic Beverage


  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 handful fresh basil
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 sprigs fresh parsley (see Notes)
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 beet
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, optional (0.5 mL)


  1. Using a juicer, process tomatoes, basil, zucchini, garlic, parsley, celery and beet. 

  2. Whisk together with cayenne and pour into glasses.


Parsley should be avoided during pregnancy and in cases of kidney inflammation.


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