Rose's Shop Watch-January '15: Big Tom
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A ready spiced tomato juice.
Virgin Marys are my salvation during January. If I am cutting down, or cutting out alcohol in the gloomy first month of the year, then I need something to keep my spirits up, although, ironically, the point of this drink is the lack of spirit. I can’t tell the difference between a Virgin and a Bloody Mary – I can’t taste the vodka in it. So I can look forward to an evening cocktail with no guilt whatsoever. And because the drink is quite substantial, I find I can make it last ages, and, at only around 36 calories a large glass (200ml), I can indulge when trying to lose weight.
Big Tom is my favourite brand of tomato juice for making Virgin (and Bloody) Marys. It even has a Royal Warrant so maybe the Queen enjoys a drink named after her ancestor! It is a spiced tomato juice, which contains a celery and mustard spice blend and Worcestershire sauce. You can drink as it is, since it already contains most of the ingredients of a Virgin Mary, but I like to pep it up even more with some horseradish, and Tabasco and I always like some lemon juice too (but there is enough celery salt!). Serve with ice and pretend.
It gets you through January!
Price may vary - around £2.50 for a 750ml bottle