Can You Make Tomato Juice From Tomato Sauce?

Come Saturday or Sunday morning after a fun night out, indulging in a Bloody Mary at brunch may be just what the doctor ordered. But, it's actually the tomato juice that holds the most curative effects — electrolytes, water, vitamin C, and vitamin B6 — not the hair of the dog.

But even if you're not nursing a hangover, tomato juice is a great way to start your day: That sweet, salty, sour flavor combo might as well be summer in a glass, no matter the time of year. Plus, tomato juice is incredibly satiating thanks to all the fiber packed in each glass, which can also aid in digestion.

But if you're craving tomato juice and only have tomato sauce on hand, there's no reason to dismay. You can easily turn that can of sauce into juice faster than a trip to the store.

Just blend equal parts tomato sauce and water to make tomato juice

Tomato juice is typically made completely from tomatoes with a little salt added. Sauce generally consists of the same ingredients: tomatoes, water, and salt, plus a little lemon juice to ensure proper acidity during the canning process. The only real difference between the two is that sauce is cooked down to a thicker consistency.

It's worth noting you'll want to be sure to use plain tomato sauce, not one that has already been flavored with spices like chili, garlic, or oregano. (Though if you're making the juice for Bloody Marys, using a spiced sauce may get you ahead of the game, depending on your taste prefrences.)

As the two are essentially the same thing, making tomato juice from a can of tomato sauce is quite simple: Start with equal parts of sauce and water and mix well. You can use a whisk, but a blender will achieve the best result. Be sure to use an even measurement of each, as eyeballing it could leave you with a bland, watery concoction.