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Ways to Make Tomato Juice Taste Better

by Esperance Barretto, studioD

You can use a variety of ingredients to enhance the flavor of lycopene-rich tomato juice. Choose from different herbs, spices, vegetables and fruits to combat the mildly bitter taste of tomato juice and enhance its flavor. Whether you have prepared tomato juice at home or purchased it from the store, you can combine a range of preparation techniques to improve its taste. You can add some of the flavor enhancing ingredients while preparing the tomato juice, or mix them into commercially prepared juice.

Sweeten tomato juice with sugar if you prefer a sweeter juice. Alternatively, add natural sugar substitutes such as honey or stevia while preparing tomato juice or just before serving.

Hot sauces liven up tomato juice with a spicy kick. Combine sauces such as Worcestershire, Tabasco or any hot sauce of your choice with prepared tomato juice. Use approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons of sauce for every liter of tomato juice.

Add the juice of other fruits to enhance the taste and nutritional content of tomato juice. Mix apple, carrot, pumpkin or cucumber juice into prepared tomato juice. Use 1/4 cup of fruit juice for every cup of tomato juice you use.

Add herb and spice powders to flavor tomato juice with a savory taste. Mix in a pinch of ground salt, pepper, cumin, coriander or chili, or any other spice of your choice.

Add vegetables such as celery and onion while preparing tomato juice for a filling and flavorful drink. Chop a handful of celery stalks and one onion along with the tomatoes. Parboil in a saucepan with a little water on medium heat. Discard the water and juice the parboiled vegetables in a blender for three minutes. Strain the juice through a kitchen strainer to extract any seeds, peeling and large bits of vegetable. Chill the strained juice in the refrigerator before serving.

Items you will need
  •  Sugar
  •  Honey
  •  Stevia
  •  Worcestershire sauce
  •  Tabasco sauce
  •  Apple, carrot, pumpkin or cucumber juice
  •  Salt
  •  Pepper
  •  Cumin
  •  Coriander
  •  Chili
  •  Celery stalks
  •  Onion
  •  Kitchen strainer
  •  Vanilla extract
  •  Saucepan
  •  Water
  •  Blender


  • Chill the glass in which you plan to serve the tomato juice. Slice a lemon in half and place a wedge on the glass before serving the juice.

About the Author

Based in London, Esperance Barretto has been writing professionally since 1996. Several of her featured articles have appeared in Indian publications such as the "Cuffe Parade-Colaba Express" magazine, the "Times of India" and the "Afternoon Despatch and Courier." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Mumbai.

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