When was the last time you made a Bloody Mary with the wrong juice? Well not any more!
Since I was little, some say, ta-MAY-toe (tomato) and others say ta-MAH-toe. However you say it, the fact that is known is that the tomato is the most popular vegetable in America and enjoyed by millions all over the world. And I say, vegetable, lightly because some would argue that the tomato is a fruit.
Today I want to talk about what I feel is the BEST Tomato Juice for Bloody Mary’s out there. I have gone on a search to figure out what tastes, smells or looks the greatest of all tomato juices. My goal is to find the tastiest, zingiest, full bodied, tomato juice for a Bloody Mary! Click here to see what we did with several liquor brands in our latest Blog Post - Alternative Liquor to use in your Bloody Mary.
Let us give you some advice including flavor profiles of some of the more popular brands of vegetable juice out there.
Outside of the bars, I found a combination of grocery store, organic and specialty brands to check out before I started taste testing them with our Bloody Mary Sticks. If you've never tried a dry Bloody Mary Seasoning before, you absolutely should!
Tomato juice has so many health benefits in it. It offers an excellent source of Lycopene, the antioxidant linked to fighting certain types of diseases like the dreaded Cancer or Heart Disease. Tomato juice is also rich in potassium, folate and vitamins A and C. Pretty much one glass (8 oz) can provide you with a full serving of vegetables. The best part is, that all of these ingredients in Bloody Marys, actually cut down on the chances of you getting heartburn? So yeah, drink as much Devil Daves as you want!
So let’s begin our list. You can rearrange them for yourself, but here they are in my favorite order from absolute best tomato juice to use for Bloody Marys to the not so favorable!
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- Mott's Clamato Juice - Do we really need to mention this one? Of course because we get asked all the time about Clamato and Devil Daves..! One of our favorite questions to answer too. Bloody Caesar is our most favorite way to make a Devil Daves Bloody (we even formed the recipe around it) - Mott's has been in the juice game for awhile now and this offering from our Northern friends in Canada is a winner! Yes it has clam juice, yes it's tangy and zesty and yes, it tastes awesome with Beer or Vodka mixed in!
- V8 Vegetable Juice - V8 has been around for more than 75 years! Wowsa! This juice is delectable! Not to mention extra healthy! It has no extra sugar in it and it tastes amazing! It’s MY personal FAVORITE EVER!! It has a great consistency and feels “real” in your mouth. It has substance, you know? I just love the mix of the other 7 ingredients in it. It truly is the best of the best (to me!) Not only is the Original V8 amazing, so are it’s other sister and brother versions. I like it HOT!! I love the Spicy V8 and sometimes I like to be extra healthy in my choice of drinking tomato juices and I choose the low sodium version. V8 has over NINE DIFFERENT VERSIONS of vegetable tomato juices! It’s just great!
- Sacramento Tomato Juice -I do love this brand a lot and I would consider this to be my second best but everyone always says V8. Don't count Sacramento out though. It has that store bought flavor but higher in quality. I really enjoy that this juice is smooth in your mouth; the way it runs its way through your “sea” of taste buds. It’s a full-bodied juice with this fresh squeezed, sweet and tangy in one. It just hits me in a good way.
- Mott’s Picante Clamato Juice - You know what? This is really popular among tomato juice drinkers and especially for uses in specialty drinks. It's hot and spicy, bold and tangy. Calamto definitely has a cult following spawning Caesar Festivals across North America. Making a classic Michelada is nothing without Clamato or their Picante Flavor. The subtle hint of clam juice offers that extra punch some people look for in a tomato juice. It has a "briny" flavor but not "clammy" by any means.
- Del Monte 100 % Tomato Juice - We all know the Delmonte name is a brand that has been around for a long time and they make great tomato products outside of juice. And we can also say that this tastes natural. It’s simply just good tomato juice. Wholesome. Trusted. That aside, this feels like it has a heavier character to it. Maybe it’s the kind of tomatoes they use? This is just a straight forward, delicious, tomato juice. Nothing in it to surprise you.
- Campbell’s Tomato Juice - It has a deep flavor and kind of like a souped up, creamy version of Campbell Tomato Soup with a little extra kick of lime in it. This too has been a staple in the tomato juice industry. It’s plain, but in a good way. It’s not as thick feeling to drink.
- Dei Fratelli - Surprisingly this Italian brand is kind of thin. Definitely sweet, but at the same time it seems to have a touch of lime in it. Definitely has a tart texture and acidity. In this particular juice the acidic balance works with the tomato flavor in my opinion. Depending on whether you like your taste buds to stand up or not against the tang of citrus…perhaps will decide for you your own ranking of it.
- W. Knudsen Organic Tomato Juice - is often found by many, a favorite juice with its substantial tomato-y flavor. It’s described like having just picked tomatoes fresh out of the garden taste. You know what I mean? Freshest fresh picked flavor. They even have a Sriracha flavored blend. Natural. Simple and delicious. Aromatic.
- Lakewood Pure Tomato Juice - well it just didn’t really cut it for me. A lot of our fans swear by it. Thin and not much flavor, but again that is my opinion. It’s flat tasting. I wanted it to kind of pop in my mouth but just didn’t compare to some others.
- Red Gold Tomato Juice - has a consistency that is in comparison to the other plain tomato juices, a middle of the road rating. It’s semi-sweet tasting, with that a middle of the road consistency. It’s not too thin, but not too thick either when it wallows on down. What I like about the no salt added thing is that it works great with our Bloody Mary Seasoning. It really stands up to our flavor!
- Mott’s Tomato Juice - This tomato juice was in a can and sometimes that can do something to a tomato juice I think. It changes it somehow. It was abstract in flavor, like a certain acidic taste to it. It tasted viney or earthy which can be alright for some. It was thick and had that tomato flavor but overall was just OK.
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