Wondering about V8? We'll tell you everything you need to know about the taste and texture as well as some helpful tips and tricks for turning it into a dazzling breakfast beverage or mocktail.
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V8 is like tomato juice, but fancier. It has a blend of vegetables added to a tomato base, including carrots, celery, parsley, beets and spinach. As you might imagine, it tastes quite vegetal.
There are no pronounced flavors from any one ingredient in V8—it's not bitter from the parsley or particularly earthy from the beets. Instead, it's really quite like herby, slightly salted tomato soup served chilled.
What Can You Add to V8?
If V8 is too much like tomato soup for you, there are plenty of ingredients you can add to make the flavor more appealing. The first step is to go the homemade V8 Splash route and add your own fruits in a blender like oranges, mangos and berries.
You can also add hot sauce, horseradish and lemon to make it more like a virgin Bloody Mary. It may sound far-fetched, but adding some fizzy water to a V8 and fruit concoction can produce a darn refreshing drink.
What Can I Substitute for V8 Juice?
Whether your craving it or you need it for a recipe but you don't have any, V8 juice can be swapped for various things, including—did you see this coming?—tomato juice.
You can even use tomato paste and add water until you get the desired flavor and consistency. This is like a hack for tomato juice, and you can add a pinch of celery seed to make it taste a little more like V8.
Tomato soup is also an option, but you have to be careful of garlic and creamy (potentially non-vegan) ingredients. If some garlic and spices won't affect the outcome of your recipe, then it's totally doable.
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Believe it or not, you can use V8 if you don't have tomato sauce. Simply thicken it with a starch like arrowroot or cornstarch or just cook down a bit in a saucepan.
V8 can be used in place of tomato sauce in anything from vegan chili to pasta. Just add the usual seasonings and you'll end up with a dish that's quite close to the tomato sauce-based version.