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You say tomato, I say tomato juice


Take a trip to the roots of our favorite zesty, red drink.


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A spicy bloody mary is the perfect drink for brunches or even curing a hangover. /Photo by Holly Dodds

With all the excitement around the state’s Bicentennial, we might overlook another important anniversary right around the corner. Ninety-nine years ago, Chef Louis Perrin ran out of oranges for juice at the French Lick Springs Hotel. In a stroke of genius, he tried tomatoes instead. The rest, they say, is history.

Thomas O’Connor, the food and beverage manager at the French Lick Resort, says they still serve their specialty tomato juice. “We use bourbon smoked salt and black cracked pepper, put it in a grinder and grate it over the top of each glass,” says O’Connor. “The guests really love it and ask for it in their bloody mary’s in the mornings. It’s a really cherished flavor.”

But tomato juice can also be used for a lot of other things, like creating a zesty salad dressing or shrinking skin pores.

Tomato juice can be used to:

-Lighten up spicy dishes. Use it to tone down spicy salsa or red sauce or substitute it for tomato paste for a lighter topping.

-Remove unpleasant smells. Soak food containers or work it into the fur of a dog that was sprayed by a skunk. The concentrated acid tones down the odors.

-Enhance your skin and hair. Apply it to your skin or hair to boost vibrancy. This DIY beauty trick comes the high volumes of vitamins A and C.

-. . . But be careful! Tomato juice can leave a permanent stain on clothes. If you spill, remove all excess juice before it spreads. White clothing can be bleached. Colors need more work. Stretch the piece of clothing over a bowl and fasten with a rubber band. Pour boiling water onto the damaged area and soak in warm water and detergent until the stain has disappeared.

Source: WikiHow and How Stuff Works

TJ vs. OJ

The Juice Smack Down (per one cup serving)

Here is a nutritional comparison of tomato versus orange juice; winner of each category was awarded a star.

Tomato Juice

Calories: 42 ★

Sodium: 24 mg

Potassium: 556 mg ★

Carbohydrate: 10 g ★

Vitamin A: 21% ★

Vitamin C: 74%

Total: 4 stars

          Orange Juice

Calories: 111

Sodium: 2 mg ★

Potassium: 496 mg

Carbohydrate: 26 g

Vitamin A: 9%

Vitamin C: 206% ★

Total: 2 stars