It’s hard to get enough fruits and vegetables every day, even when you have deep and abiding love for them. Luckily for me, I also have deep and abiding love for V8. I don’t need it to stand up straight so much as to feel emotionally fulfilled.
A couple of years ago, though, I learned that my beloved V8 is preposterously high in sodium. I switched to low-sodium V8, only to find that it has a strange, off, taste. I doctored it with Tabasco and lemon juice, and all was well.
But only in the past few months have I realized that my deep and abiding love for tomato-based juice products extends to Bloody Marys. And a Bloody Mary without the alcohol is still pretty darn delicious. So now–adding healthy doses of worcestershire sauce, horseradish, and celery salt, along with the Tabasco and lemon juice, directly to the V8 bottle–I’ve turned my daily glass of vegetables into a Virgin Mary. And the bottle’s all mixed up and ready to satisfy all your non-virgin brunch needs.
We will leave for another day the perplexing question of why I love V8 and Bloody Marys yet detest raw tomatoes. Someday science will solve this eternal dilemma.