Southern Tomato Aperitif is a non-alcoholic, warm, tomato-based drink that is offered at social gatherings in the South.
Southern Tomato Aperitif is a spicy blend of tomato juice and seasonings, usually served with appetizers at winter gatherings. The term “aperitif” implies an alcohol-based drink served before dinner, but this recipe can be served with or without any booze.
This wonderful concoction is frequently served at brunches or baby showers and goes great with Cheese Wafers or Shrimp Cocktail!
What Type of Tomato Juice Should I Use for the Southern Tomato Aperitif?
You can use plain tomato juice, or a blend, like V8® or Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix®. I use plain tomato juice so I can control the levels of sodium, heat and spices in the recipe.
Can I Make the Tomato Aperitif in Advance?
If you make this aperitif in advance, store it in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge until ready to serve. Once you’re ready to serve, heat it on the stove.
If I Want to Make the Aperitif with Alcohol, What Alcohol Should I Use?
You could use vodka or gin. Just heat the drink first, then add the spirits to individual cups.
Warm and spicy tomato juice blended with seasonings! Non-alcoholic and perfect for winter gatherings, brunch, baby or wedding showers!
- 2 cups tomato juice
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 cup beef broth/stock
- 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco red pepper sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- pinch of salt
- pickled okra, celery, dill pickle spear optional garnish
Combine all ingredients into a sauce pan and heat on medium low
- This recipe is delicious and perfect for winter gatherings, showers, or daytime events
- If you want to add alcohol, heat the recipe first, then add 1/2 jigger of your spirit (vodka, gin) to the individual cups; stir and serve
- This recipe allows for a 1 cup serving per person; that's usually about as much as each person will want, but you might want to make a bit more, especially if you have several guests who do not drink alcohol;
- To make more than two cups, increase all ingredients in proportion to the recipe