A simple method on how to make your own V8 juice at home. Homemade V8 juice costs a fraction of the price and is loaded with nutrients from all the fresh vegetables. You control the flavors and the salt!

Copycat V8 juice recipe poured into a mason jar lined with salt and garnished with parsley, lemon and cucumber.
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Last week before a flight out to California I bought my first V8 juice. I paid $4.29 plus tax for it thanks to the lovely price gouging at JFK.

It was a last ditch attempt to get some vegetables in a pretty lackluster airport dinner.

I’ve had the tomato juice airlines carry before. Once, as a “hmm, let me try that out since everyone on a plane seems to love this stuff” kind of whim and many other times in the form of a Bloody Mary after a lucky upgrade to first class here and there.

To be blunt, it’s disgusting.

I have a strong hatred towards jarred/canned tomato sauces and to me, that’s exactly what that stuff tastes like.

So I had high hopes for the V8 I purchased.

Fast forward 3 hours later and somewhere over the plains of Kansas, I broke it open, asked for a glass of ice and tried it out.

First thought — hmm, not bad at all. A bit earthy but I guess that’s the point.

It really is like drinking your vegetables, their marketing is on point. Of course my immediate thought was — I totally need to try making this at home and tweaking it to my flavor/spice liking.

So, I made homemade V8 juice.

When you pile up all the vegetables that eventually end up being gulped down in a glass, it’s pretty impressive. Or weird, depending on how you look at it.

It’s hard to deny that drinking an entire onion isn’t a bit odd.

Homemade V8 juice recipe in a salt rimmed glass on a wooden table.

The original V8 juice recipe

V8 juice, whether it comes in a can or a bottle, includes 8 ingredients: tomatoes, carrots, spinach, lettuce, watercress, parsley, celery and beet.

It’s pretty balanced in flavor and can be used for many things besides just drinking. V8 juice can be frozen into cubes and added to smoothies for a nutritional boost or used in soups, stews and even chilis to replace tomato sauce.

Ingredients for homemade V8 juice

When creating this copycat V8 juice to make at home, I decided to simplify things a bit and include just 6 vegetables. So while you may not technically be able to call it V8 any more, the taste is on par with the commercial stuff and it’s a bit more accessible to the average person to create.

Vegetables used in this homemade V8 juice recipe:

  • tomatoes 
  • onion
  • garlic
  • beet
  • carrot
  • cucumbers

Then there are some other ingredients included for both flavor and freshness:

  • honey
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • tabasco
  • fresh parsley

These flavoring agents are not something to skip. Original store-bought V8 has a salty taste to it that is very distinct. The use of Worcestershire sauce in this homemade version is imperative to recreate that flavor. 

Fresh vegetables in a wooden bowl on a white background.

The secrets to making your own V8 juice

The thing about making your own V8 juice is that there’s more to it than just blending a bunch of vegetables together. Trust me, that’s not a smoothie you want to drink.

This is a little more involved than making a vegetable smoothie (but if you want something like that try this detox green smoothie or a blueberry beet smoothie, you can’t go wrong with either of those) or running some vegetables through a juicer. This guide to juicing will tell you everything you need to know about that though. 

The key step to making V8 juice at home is cooking the vegetables.

In fact, the whole process includes cooking, blending, processing the vegetables for the copycat V8 juice through a food mill (my mom always used this appliance to make tomato sauce – it brings such nostalgia every time I take it out of the cabinet) and then blending again.

It’s not rocket science by any means, just a few added steps to get a more juice-like consistency and develop a flavor that you’ll actually want to drink. This method also preserves all the nutrients of the vegetables at the same time.

This is one time where I will encourage you not to take any shortcuts and try blending it up without the other steps, you’ll realize pretty quickly why the extra steps are worth it.

Trust me, chewing something that’s supposed to be a drink is just gross.

How to make this homemade V8 juice recipe

Add olive oil to a large pot over medium-high heat. Once hot, add all the ingredients except for the cucumbers and parsley to the pot and bring to a simmer.

Cook the vegetables on a low simmer for 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally to break down the vegetables.

Season to taste as needed with more salt, pepper, Worcestershire and tabasco. Add the parsley and cucumber and turn off the heat. 

Transfer to a high-power blender and give a quick blend to break up the big chunks of vegetables but it doesn’t have to be completely smooth. The mixture should be the consistency of a chunky, thick soup.

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Pour the contents into a food mill and using the smallest hole plate available, run the entire mixture through the food mill over a large bowl working in batches as needed.

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Pour the mixture back into the blender and blend on high until completely smooth. If the consistency is too thick for your liking, add up to one cup of filtered water to the blender to dilute it a bit. 

Can I make this without a food mill?

If you don’t have access to a food mill in your kitchen, you can still make this V8 juice!

Blend the mixture until smooth straight from the pot (adding water if desired to dilute) then strain through a fine-mesh sieve. It will take some batch work and a little more time than a food mill but still result in a delicious tasting V8 copycat.

A mason jar filled with homemade V8 juice garnished with a salt rim and a slice of lemon and cucumber.

What does the homemade version taste like?

The end result of homemade V8 juice is a perfect balance between the tomatoes as the main ingredient with the supporting vegetables and spices.

I personally love rimming a chilled glass with some coarse salt, squeezing a bit of lemon juice on top and enjoying a nice cold glass of this. Suddenly, veggies become way cool.

My Pro Tip

Recipe Tip

• Try this recipe as a base for a homemade Bloody Mary.
• Adjust the amount of tabasco to your preference for spice.
• Looking for more natural salt flavor? Add some celery to the recipe.
• Add leafy greens if desired. Use mild flavored options like lettuce or spinach.

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How To Make Your Own V8 Juice

Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
Copycat V8 juice recipe poured into a mason jar lined with salt and garnished with parsley, lemon and cucumber.
This easy recipe shows you how to make your own V8 Juice at home. A great alternative to the expensive store bought stuff and you can tailor it to your preferences.

Ingredients 

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 5 medium-large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 beet, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 dash tabasco sauce
  • 1 dash worcestershire sauce
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 small cucumbers, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley

Instructions 

  • Add olive oil to a large pot over medium-high heat.
  • Add everything except cucumbers and parsley to the pot and bring to a simmer.
  • Cook on medium for about 30-45 minutes, stirring occasionally to help break down the vegetables.
  • Season to taste with more salt, pepper, tabasco and Worcestershire sauce as desired.
  • Remove from heat and transfer to a blender.
  • Add parsley and cucumbers.
  • Pulse 2-3 times just to break up the chunks of vegetables remaining. The consistency should be like a thick, chunk soup at this point.
  • Transfer from blender to a food mill.
  • Using the smallest holed plate, run mixture through the food mill.
  • Transfer the mixture back to the blender and blend for about 1 minute on high to get a nice smooth, juice consistency. It will still be thicker than a normal juice, but not chewy. You may add up to 1 cup of filtered water to dilute the juice if desired.
  • Chill before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 104kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 3gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 108mgFiber: 3gSugar: 12g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
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  1. Loved this recipe! I was able to use items from our garden like beets, garlic, and cucumbers (will have to try carrots next year). Since I don’t have a food mill, I just pulsed it 3-4 times and then ran it thru my ricer. A thinner juice for those who want it thinner and very flavorful!

  2. It was a lot of work but good. I only used half a beet and it looked a little too purple. I didn’t have parsley, so I skipped it. I ran it thru a strainer since I didn’t have a good mill. I put in quite a bit more Worcestershire. It was yummy.

  3. The beet and Worcestershire sauce made me a little skeptical, but I went ahead and tried this recipe. It’s great! Using fresh tomatoes makes a HUGE difference and I love being able to control the amount of salt. Probably won’t ever buy store-bought again.

  4. I love your homemade V8 juice. I’m not a huge fan of beets, but I think the cucumber and carrot flavors really balance it out!