Here’s how to make grapefruit juice: a mix of citrus and apple juice made in a blender! It’s naturally sweetened and refreshing.

Grapefruit Juice

Here’s a delicious, refreshing juice you can make in a blender: Grapefruit Juice! Sure, you can simply squeeze out the juice of a grapefruit and slurp it up: but it can taste sour and bitter on its own. Add a few apples to make it naturally sweet and just a touch of honey, and it’s an incredibly refreshing beverage! Here’s what to know about making grapefruit juice in a blender.

Grapefruit juice benefits: why drink it?

Why consume grapefruit in juice form? There are loads of inflated health claims around juices like celery juice and green juice. Here’s what we do know:

  • Drinking juice gives you all the benefits of the fruit: except the fiber. It’s actually even better to eat the whole fruit. So if you’re debating whether to simply eat a grapefruit: go for that instead!
  • Avoid juice cleanses. Research associates juice cleanses with disordered eating and a negative relationship with food (read more here).
  • Grapefruit is low in calories, but high in nutrients like Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Drinking the juice gives you all the vitamins in this fruit. One grapefruit has 128% of your daily Vitamin C and 56% of your daily Vitamin A (source).
  • Grapefruit juice is a good alternative to soda or other sugary drinks. It’s a better choice than drinking the empty calories and sugar in a soda.
Grapefruit Juice

Ingredients in grapefruit juice

Drinking straight grapefruit juice squeezed from the citrus fruit can taste intensely sour and bitter. So adding a naturally sweet fruit like apples makes the flavor pop: it brightens it into a refreshing beverage! We like it sweetened with just a hint of honey: it brings out the flavor of the fruits. Here’s what you’ll need to make homemade grapefruit juice:

  • Pink grapefruit
  • Apples
  • Ice
  • Cold water
  • Salt
  • Honey, maple or agave syrup, optional

How to make grapefruit juice (in a blender)

It’s easy to make grapefruit juice in a blender: it comes together quickly! The only part that takes a little time is straining. Here are the main steps:

  • Blend all ingredients on high until pureed and smooth. Pureeing it with ice will help to chill it a bit before you drink it.
  • Strain! This is the important part. Strain the juice through a medium or fine mesh strainer / sieve or using a nut milk bag (a nut milk bag is faster). Using a medium mesh strainer results in juice with more pulp, which will give you more fiber. A fine mesh sieve makes it perfectly clear. Discard that pulp, or see below for some uses.
Grapefruit Juice

What to do with juice pulp

Do you save your juice pulp? In all honesty, we typically throw it away. It feels wasteful to dump all that fiber. But truthfully: there aren’t many genius things to do with it. Here are a few ways we’ve used it:

  • Add to smoothies. Save the pulp and add it to smoothies: you can even freeze it to get an icy texture! Try it in a Grapefruit Smoothie.
  • Put it in the compost! Really, this organic matter is best in your compost pile. Here’s more about Composting 101.

More grapefruit recipes

There are so many ways to use this tasty citrus fruit! In fact, grapefruit cocktails are one of our favorite ways. Here are some ideas:

This grapefruit juice recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Grapefruit Juice

Grapefruit Juice


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 ¾ cup 1x

Description

Here’s how to make grapefruit juice: a mix of citrus and apple juice made in a blender! It’s naturally sweetened and refreshing.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 pink grapefruits
  • 2 large apples
  • ½ cup ice
  • ¼ cup cold water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon honey, maple or agave syrup, plus more to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Chop the grapefruits into quarters, then slice off the skin. Chop the apples, keeping the skin on.
  2. Place the grapefruit, apples, ice, water, honey (if using), and a pinch of salt in a blender. Blend on high until a juice forms.
  3. Pass the juice through a fine mesh sieve or a nut milk bag to strain out the pulp, which you can discard. Drink the juice immediately over ice, or refrigerate until enjoying.
  • Category: Juice
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Juice
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Grapefruit juice

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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