When you have fresh vegetables that you need use up, make your own Homemade Bloody Mary Mix! It's delicious!
You won't believe how easy it is to make your own Bloody Mary mix with the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender. You literally cook the ingredients and blend them with just a push of a button.
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Don't worry if you don't have the blender (although I really recommend looking into getting one), you can still make this recipe, and I'll get into the details later.
Is this Homemade Bloody Mary Mix Spicy?
Nope. At least not to me. I left out the hot sauce and limited the amount of horseradish so that this bloody mary mix can be the base on which you build to make your own signature Bloody Mary mix!
Everyone has different heat tolerances, so, if you think the horseradish will be too spicy for your liking, just leave it out.
If you LOVE spicy, be sure to add in a jalapeno pepper or even some red pepper flakes and your favorite hot sauce to spice things up a bit!
Can I Make this Without Fresh Tomatoes?
Yes, you can simply substitute canned diced tomatoes instead of fresh. I would use about 28 ounces of canned tomatoes for one batch of Homemade Bloody Mary Mix.
My favorite choice for using canned tomatoes would be Hunt's Fire Roasted Tomatoes. Don't worry, they aren't spicy... but, they do add a ton of flavor!
You can even use a plain tomato sauce if you like. Just make sure to adjust your seasonings to your liking.
What Ingredients Can I Substitute?
With the exception of some kind of tomato product, you can really substitute any of the other ingredients for what you have on hand.
The first time I made this Homemade Bloody Mary Mix, I didn't have a cucumber, but I had mini sweet peppers. I used about 3-4 mini peppers which would be the same as 1 large bell pepper and it was wonderful.
I do have to say that I really liked the flavor with the cucumber, so I think next time I will add both peppers and cucumber!
I wanted to keep this vegetarian for the most part, so I used a vegetable base from Minor's. This vegetable base adds a ton of flavor, and I really suggest you order some and give it a try; but, you can make this recipe with either vegetable stock, chicken stock, beef stock, or even clam base.
I would definitely adjust your seasonings to taste, because I have adjusted the seasonings in this recipe based on the Minor's vegetable base and not all bases or stocks will be the same.
Can I Make This Into a V-8 Vegetable Juice?
Absolutely! You can omit the celery seed and horseradish and even the Worcestershire sauce if you like, and it makes a great vegetable juice.
Personally, I like to drink it even if I'm not having a Bloody Mary and I leave all the ingredients in there.
Different Ways to Use Homemade Bloody Mary Mix
Besides mixing with vodka and serving up a bloody mary, this mix can be used in several different ways and some of them might shock you!
Bloody Mary Soup: Stay with me, I know this sounds so weird, but I accidently stumbled on this use when I was filming the video and gave the mix a taste while it was hot. To say I was shocked, is an understatement! You can see my reaction in this short video! The look on my face is priceless!
Bloody Beer: Or, Red Beer... or Michelada and I'm sure it's called many different things, but basically it is a beer with some bloody mary mix poured in. Sounds gross, right? I thought so. However, I tried it and again... shocked. It's really good!
Crab Soup: Yes, you can use this bloody mary mix as a base for some delicious crab soup. Simply add some Old Bay seasoning and jumbo lump crabmeat (preferably from Maryland) and you have yourself a quick cheat for crab soup!
Gazpacho soup: This mix could easily be turned into a Gazpacho soup by omitting the celery seed and the horseradish. Add in some lime and instead of using the smooth soup function, try the hearty soup. You can always pulse at the end to get that perfect consistency.
What Else Can I Make with the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender?
It's no secret that I love my Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender! I use it all the time to create recipes and I'm always surprised at how well it works.
It's great for dipping sauces like this Pineapple Sweet & Sour Sauce and I've made several types of BBQ sauces.
Here is the recipe for my 10-minute BBQ sauce.
I have several different drink recipes coming, so stay tuned!
How Can I Make this Homemade Bloody Mary Mix without the Cold & Hot Blender?
If you have a Ninja Foodi or an electric pressure cooker, I would add all of the ingredients and pressure cook on high for 3 minutes. Immediately release the pressure and then allow the mixture to cool some.
Once cool enough, either use an immersion blender to blend everything up or use a food processor or other blender to blend until smooth. Chill and then serve.
How to Make Homemade Bloody Mary Mix in the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender
The one thing about using the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender is how easy the prep is. Many times you don't even need to cut up the veggies.
I do cut the vegetables up in this recipe because it is a full blender and we need to make sure the vegetables cook and blend in the 30 minute cycle.
I had a little issue when filming this recipe because my tomatoes were not very ripe and they were in large chunks that were on the hard side. This prevented the blender blades from spinning freely. It was an easy fix, but that is why my instructions in the written recipe are going to differ slightly from the video.
You want to cut all the veggies up into about 1-2" chunks. You do not need to peel the carrot or the cucumber, but you can, if you prefer.
Add the veggies to the blender and remember to adjust amounts if you are using additional veggies. You might need to add the water and then pulse a few times before adding the remaining vegetables. I definitely pushed the envelope as far as a full blender goes, so use your judgement as to how full you make it.
Add in 2 cups of water, vegetable base, seasonings, horseradish, sugar, and Worcestershire sauce. If you are using a prepared liquid stock of any kind, use 2 cups and omit the water.
Now, here is were my instructions will vary from the video. Hit the pulse button a few times on the Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender. This will chop everything up a little smaller and allow the blades to spin freely.
You don't want to puree the mixture, just pulse a few times. This is what it should look like.
Then, select the smooth soup function and let the blender do its job.
When the cycle is over, you will have a bloody mary mix! If you want it smoother, select the extract button 1-2 times and this will really smooth out your homemade bloody mary mix.
Transfer to a pitcher and chill in the fridge for several hours or shake it with some ice to cool it down quicker.
Serve with vodka or just by itself! It's delicious!
Homemade Bloody Mary MIx
- Chop up the tomatoes into about 1-2" pieces. Chop the celery into 1" pieces. Cut the carrot (you don't have to peel it) into 1" chunks. Slice the cucumber into 1" slices and add all the vegetables to the blender in the order they are listed in the ingredients.
- Add 2 cups of water and pulse 2-3 times to break up the tomatoes.
- Add the vegetable base and the remaining ingredients. Select the smooth soup option.
- When the cycle is complete. Select the extract button for a smoother bloody mary mix. You can run this function 1-2 times.
- Pour into a pitcher and chill. Then pour into a glass with or without vodka and enjoy!
ABOUT THE RECIPE AUTHOR, LOUISE LONG
Louise is a full-time recipe creator and food blogger @ The Salted Pepper. She has over 30 years of experience with cooking and recipe development. She owned a restaurant for several years and was a full-time RN until retiring to blog full-time.
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