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Too often seen as just a Bloody Mary mixer, a great tomato juice is its own reward. A lesser tomato juice can hide in a Bloody Mary with distractions like Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, lemon juice, garniture and the vodka. The rim of this beauty is dipped in Morton’s Hot Salt, which is seasoned with chipotle pepper. Photo courtesy of Morton Salt.



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KAREN HOCHMAN is editorial director of THE NIBBLE.

BETH COLLINS is a contributing editor.



April 2006
Updated September 2009

Main Nibbles / Beverages / Juices

You Say “Tomato” [Juice]

Page 2: The Best Tomato Juice

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The Best Tomato Juices


Tasting Notes Calories/8 Ounces



Second Best

Campbell’s Tomato Juice has a rich, deep flavor; it tastes almost exactly like a juice version of Campbell’s Tomato Soup. With a squeeze of lime, this is quite a tasty drink.

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Campbells tomato juice





Kagome Sweet Summer Tomato Juice has a thin consistency; it's light and refreshing, but the added lime flavoring distracts from the tomato flavor.  As with lime-flavored club soda, this can be a preferred solution for some people. For us, it’s better to squeeze fresh lime into a more robust juice.

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Kagome tomato juice

R. W. Knudsen

The Best

R.W. Knudsen Organic Tomato Juice is THE NIBBLE editors’ favorite, hands down. It's wonderfully substantial with a deep tomato flavor. Tastes like tomatoes at the peak of ripeness, and needs nothing more to be absolutely delicious, not even a squeeze of citrus, although we wouldn’t say no.

USDA Certified Organic

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Knudsen tomato juice



No Thanks

Lakewood Pure Tomato Juice is a bit sweet and viscous. Surprisingly for a bottle labeled “Pure Tomato,” the tomato flavor is weak, almost absent. (Note: all of the juices in this article are pure tomato, as opposed to mixed vegetable juice like V-8.)

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Lakewood tomato juice




Sacramento Tomato Juice is nice and full--bodied, but bland compared to the Knudsen and the Campbell’s juices. This is the brand THE NIBBLE’s founder grew up on; when she found herself adding too much lemon to perk up the flavor, we decided to see what else was out there.

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Sacramento tomato juice




Welch’s Tomato Juice has a consistency that falls somewhere between the Kagome and Knudsen juices. It has nice tomato flavor; in the middle of the pack.

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Welchs tomato juice


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