Homemade Spicy V8 Juice Recipe

April 20, 2013

Homemade Spicy V8 Juice Recipe

I've always wanted to find a good homemade spicy V8 juice recipe, since the store-bought juice is just too darn salty. I absolutely love it, but the sodium level gives me salt bags of epic proportions. Not a good look, and definitely not good for you.

I'm a total juice fiend lately – ever since I started having green juice every day – so I decided to try my hand at a homemade spicy V8 juice recipe. I have to tell you that I'm thrilled with the results!

Store-bought V8 juice is made of reconstituted juices of carrot, tomato, watercress, lettuce, parsley, beet, celery and spinach. I didn't have any watercress, my spicy healing green juice used all my lettuce up, and I don't like the flavor of parsley, so I used spinach for all the greens this first go-round.

I think using a variety of greens would give the juice even more depth of flavor, so that will be the first change I make in the next batch o' BigSis V8. Technically, what I have here is V7. 🙂  Next time, I'm going to use romaine and a few kale leaves for part of the spinach, so I guess I'll have V9 juice then.

I love the balance of tomato to carrot to beet, and the celery and bell pepper are adding in the right touches of flavor too. The spinach and lemon bring it all together.

This first version leans a little spicy, but it's not quite as zippy as my green juice. Feel free to leave out the garlic, horseradish and cayenne to make a more pure V8.

One last note about this recipe is that it's raw. I've seen some homemade V8 recipes online that were cooked, which baffles me a little. Cooking the veggies defeats the purpose of juicing for me, so we're going raw here. I betcha you could lightly run some tomatoes through the blender and mix them into the fresh juice if you really want a thicker texture to your juice.

Homemade Spicy V8 Juice Recipe

6 carrots
1 very small beet
8 Roma tomatoes (you want a firm tomato for juicing)
1 red bell pepper
3 huge handfuls of spinach
3 stalks celery
1 clove garlic
4 small or 2 large lemons
1-2 tablespoons prepared horseradish (not creamed)
1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Wash all the produce thoroughly. Remove seeds and stem from pepper, and cut into large chunks. Cut ends from carrots and beet, and cut into chunks. Peel the lemons and cut into quarters. Half the tomatoes, and cut celery into big pieces. Juice everything together, and season to taste.

This recipe makes round 32 ounces. Drink within 2 days for maximum nutrition.

I don't drink vodka, but I also think this juice would make a heck of a Bloody Mary! 🙂


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4 Comments so far

  1. Posted by Paije

    July 11, 20137:25 am

    Just found you via Pintrest. I love a bloody mary every now and then and could use this recipe instead of those bottled brands to make it less salty and healthier! We’ve invested in a VitaMix and I could throw all these yummy vegi’s in it thereby keeping the fiber I don’t get nearly enough of! Thanks!

  2. Posted by Linda Ramsey

    December 28, 20139:36 pm

    Just tried this recipe with my Jack Lalane juicer and I don’t know what I did wrong, if anything. The pulp bin was completely full and very little juice came out for the whole pile of veggies I put in. I even put some of the pulp in my NutriBullet but it didn’t touch the stuff. I love the taste but so far this seems like a lot of money for very little juice. Is this what usually happens. My first time for trying V8.

  3. Posted by Ken

    November 30, 201410:51 am

    it is wonderful with beer I mix about half and half

  4. Posted by Linda Ramsey

    August 21, 20155:24 pm

    I first tried this with my juicer and had a big mess and very little juice. Have since moved to a NutritBullet. No waste. More fiber and better taste.

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