Why should you start compiling homemade juice recipes? Because the juice you make yourself is more nutritious, delicious, and wholesome than the juice you buy at the store, the coffee shop, or Jamba Juice, of course! You control what goes in and, more importantly, you control what you leave out, like preservatives or too much sugar. Whatever fruits or vegetables you prefer, you'll find that the following homemade juice recipes are fantastic on their own but still endlessly adaptable.
1. Lemon Lime Ginger Ale Recipe
This is one of my favorite homemade juice recipes, especially come summer time. The lemons and limes give you a serious boost of vitamin C, not to mention a lovely, refreshing zing wonderfully complemented by the ginger. And you get all the sweetness you need from the apple and the grapes. The whole juice is just lovely!
handful of grapes
1 apple, cored and sliced
½ inch fresh ginger (less if you find the taste too strong)
sparkling mineral water
Remove the grapes from the stem. Juice the apple and ginger together, then juice the rest of the fruit. Pour the juice in a large glass and fill to the top with sparkling water and serve with ice.
2. Power Gulp
A lot of these recipes are health driven, starting with this wonderful green juice. The veggies mix beautifully with the fruits, coming together to create a crisp, sweet, refreshing drink that really boosts your energy. Thanks to the kale, especially, you get so many nutrients – it's a super juice made from a super food! Drink this if you're pregnant or around your period, especially if you get really bad cramps.
1 cup sliced kale (from about 3 large leaves)
1 cup seedless green grapes (about 28)
1 English cucumber, thickly sliced
1 small Granny Smith apple (4–6 ounces), cored and cut into chunks
1/2 cup water
In a blender, combine kale, grapes, cucumber, apple, and water; blend, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth. Strain juice and, if desired, thin with additional water. Before serving, garnish with a fresh kale leaf and a cucumber slice (optional). Refrigerate up to 2 days (shake before serving).
3. Tropical Morning
This juice is very aptly named. It's a fantastic early morning juice. In fact, you might be tempted to give your OJ a rest for good. I love the way the tropical flavors come together. The mix of peaches and mango is excellent, and the coconut water is super healthy.
1 cup diced peaches
1 cup diced and peeled mango
1 freshly squeezed orange
½ cup coconut water
1 teaspoon agave nectar
Blend ingredients until smooth, and pour through a strainer if desired. Serve chilled and garnish with a peach slice.
4. Total Health Booster
This one's aptly named too, because you'll receive vitamins A, B, C, and E all at once. It gives you just the boost you need in the morning, and the mix of ingredients is actually incredible for your skin. If you're on a health kick and trying out new beauty foods, this is the beauty drink for you.
1 medium apple (8 ounces), cored and cubed
2 medium soft pears (such as Bartlett), cored and cubed (about 1 pound total)
1/2 cup cherries (fresh with pits removed or frozen and thawed)
In a blender, combine apple, pears, and cherries; blend, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth. Strain juice and, if desired, thin with water. Before serving, garnish with fresh cherries, if desired. Refrigerate up to 2 days (shake before serving).
5. Homemade Vegetable Fruit Juice
Vegetables and fruit go together so well in juices. If you're worried about including veggies, don't be – the fruits lend all the sweetness you need. Besides that, both carrots and kale are actually quite sweet, and they lend a lovely, earthy flavor that perfectly complements the apples, oranges, and berries.
2 gala apples
2 large carrots
3-4 large kale leaves
1 cup blackberries
Juice all ingredients into a large measuring cup or bowl.
Strain if you have a picky drinker who like thin juices. Serve immediately.
6. Antioxidant Supreme
Just as the name suggests, this juice is packed full of helpful antioxidants. They come from the blueberries, although the strawberries do their part as well. The mango provides a much needed dose of tropical flavor, so you'll probably never want another juice. Besides, a glass a day will keep you looking and feeling young and gorgeous.
1 cup fresh blueberries (or frozen, thawed)
1 cup (about 5) fresh strawberries, halved (or frozen, thawed)
2 cups peeled and coarsely chopped mango (from a 1-pound mango)
1/4 cup water
In a blender, combine blueberries, strawberries, mango, and water; blend, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth. Strain juice and, if desired, thin with additional water. Before serving, garnish with sliced mango, blueberries, and strawberries (optional). Refrigerate up to 2 days (shake before serving).
7. Homemade Good Morning Juice
You'll definitely be off to a good morning with this juice! The spinach is so good for you, and gives you a huge vitamin boost to get your day started off right. The carrots and strawberries provide just enough sweetness to balance out the wonderful tartness of the apples – but then, I prefer Granny Smiths myself.
3 large and/or extra-large strawberries, rinsed and greens removed
3 medium apples, gala, golden delicious, fuji and empire apples work best to keep it sweet. Use macintosh or granny smith if you prefer a bit of tartness
3 raw large carrots - the long skinnier type is what juices best. The thicker carrots tend to cause the juicer to bounce all over and isn't that great on the blades.
1 cup of Fresh Baby Spinach OR Full-grown Spinach, rinsed & bunched together - no chopping needed
Rinse apples, spinach, strawberries and carrots.
Remove stems and greens from apples and strawberries.
Peel one layer off of carrots after rinsing. Turn on Juicer.
Bunch spinach in your hand (using a 1c measuring cup really worked well too) to make as much of a ball as you can, which is actually easier with the baby spinach. Stuff the spinach in the juicer and using the plunger push it all the way through. Add the remaining ingredients in the same manner, pushing through with the plunger.
Drink and ENJOY!!
Root vegetables are so good for you, so they're perfect to include in your homemade juices. You might not think this juice tastes sweet, but it's delicious! Carrots and beets, in addition to being huge vitamin powerhouses, have inherently sweet flavors that mix flawlessly with the apple. Yum!
2 tablespoons peeled and chopped fresh ginger (1/2 ounce)
1 medium beet (8 ounces), scrubbed and coarsely chopped
4 medium carrots (8 ounces total), scrubbed and sliced
1 medium apple (8 ounces), cored and cubed
1 cup water
In a blender, combine ginger, beet, carrots, apple, and water; blend, scraping down sides occasionally, until smooth. Strain juice and, if desired, thin with additional water. Refrigerate up to 2 days (shake before serving).
9. Apple and Kiwi Juice
Both apples and kiwis are chock full of nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. Add to that the refreshing nature of the combination of the two fruits and you'll have a go-to juice recipe for any day of the week.
Wash the apples, then remove the core and cut into quarters. Peel the kiwis and chop into small pieces. Put the ingredients into a juicer. Stir before drinking.
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10. Homemade Vegetable Juice Cocktail
If you love vegetable juice, this is the recipe for you. It's got a tang and lots of flavor you're going to love. Plus, it's loaded with a plethora of essential nutrients. You'll never feel guilty drinking this!
15 pounds fresh tomatoes
2 cups chopped celery
3 large onions, peeled and cut into chunks
1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 medium beets
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1/3 cup lemon juice
6 quarts water, or more as needed
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, or to taste
1 cup white sugar
1/4 cup salt, or to taste
Process the tomatoes, celery, onion, bell pepper, beets, carrots and garlic in a juicer. Transfer the liquid to a large pot and stir in the sugar, pepper, horseradish, lemon juice and water to create a thin consistency. Bring to a boil and boil the mixture for 20 minutes. Spoon the juice into quart jars, leaving a 3/4-inch gap at the top. Stir 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 teaspoon of salt into the juice in each jar. Wipe the jars, place lids and rings on the them and process in a pressure cooker for 35 minutes.
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11. Homemade Cranberry Juice
Cranberries have a tart and delicious flavor that makes them perfect for juice. They're also super healthy with loads of antioxidants in each little gem. Cranberry juice is great for a hot summer day, but it also works perfect for mixing cocktails at your next party.
2 quarts water
8 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup orange juice
Place the cranberries in a pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the cranberries, pressing with a spoon to get all the juice. Throw away the fruit. Put the juice back into the pot and add the sugar, lemon juice and orange juice. Return to a boil and cook until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove, cool and then refrigerate the juice.
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12. Fresh, Homemade Apple Juice
Apple juice is perfect at breakfast and it offers up plenty of antioxidants to prevent a myriad of health problems. Apple juice is also wonderful for making smoothies.
Core and peels from 3 apples, seeds removed
5 cups water
1/4 cup white sugar
Put the peels, cores and water into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer the mixture about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain and discard the chunks. Stir in the sugar and mix until dissolved. Cool before serving.
13. Peach, Apple and Apricot Juice
Talk about a tasty combination of fruits. This juice is sure to become your favorite in no time. The apricots add a new and interesting flavor you won't find anywhere else. On top of that, there's plenty of nutrition too.
Wash the fruit, cut each in half and discard the pits, core and seeds. Cut the fruit into small pieces and put into a juicer.
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Making your own juice is easier than you might imagine. If you prefer totally organic fruits and vegetables, you always know that's exactly what you're getting. You can use seasonal fruits, frozen fruits, and interesting garnishes – whatever you like. But with the weather warming up, you'll find that these are sweet, healthy treats that help you battle the heat. Do you have any homemade juice recipes you'd like to share?
This article was written in collaboration with editor, Eliza Martinez