Making your own pineapple juice at home allows you to savor the pure, natural sweetness of ripe pineapples without added sugars or preservatives. This delicious recipe gives you the creative freedom to personalize the flavors, experiment with different fruits and herbs, and enjoy a refreshing, customized beverage!
Why you’ll love this recipe
- Bursting with freshness. This recipe combines the vibrant flavors of pineapple, apple, mandarin, and mint, resulting in a juice that’s bursting with the freshness of ripe, natural fruits and aromatic mint leaves.
- Nutrient-rich delight. Homemade juice is packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants from the fruits, making it a nutritious addition to your diet.
- No artificial additives. The homemade option ensures there are no artificial additives, sugars, or preservatives, giving you a healthier and purer beverage option.
- Endless customization. Experiment with different fruit combinations, sweetness levels, and herbal infusions, ensuring each glass is a unique and personalized treat tailored to your taste.
- Pineapples. The star of the show, pineapples provide the sweet and tropical flavor base for the juice, offering natural sugars and a pleasant acidity.
- Granny Smith Apples. These tart apples add a delightful contrast to the sweetness of the pineapple.
- Mandarins. Mandarins contribute a sweet and citrusy note to the juice and provide additional vitamin C.
- Fresh Mint. Mint leaves infuse the juice with a refreshing and aromatic quality, elevating the flavor and adding a pleasant herbal twist.
- Ice Cubes (optional). Ice cubes help chill the juice quickly, making it even more refreshing when served on a hot day or as a cold beverage.
How to make pineapple juice
Step 1 – Prepare the ingredients. Wash, peel, and chop the pineapples into chunks. Wash and slice and core the Granny Smith apples. Peel and separate the mandarins into their segments. Rinse the fresh mint leaves.
Step 2 – Begin juicing. Start by feeding the pineapple chunks, apples and mandarins through your cold press juicer (or blend if using the straining option – see Step 4 below). Allow the juicer to extract all the juice from the pineapples. Collect the pineapple juice in a jug.
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Step 3 – Add mint. Once you’ve juiced the fruits, you can add the fresh mint leaves to the juicer. The mint will infuse a refreshing aroma and flavor. Gently stir to ensure the mint flavor is evenly distributed.
Step 4 – Strain (optional). If you prefer a smoother texture and want to remove any remaining pulp or if you used a blender instead of a juicer, strain the juice through a mesh strainer into a clean container.
Step 5 – Chill and serve. Refrigerate the juice for about 30 minutes to allow it to chill. If you’d like your juice even colder, you can add ice cubes.
Tips to make the best recipe
- Choose ripe fruit. Opt for ripe pineapples, Granny Smith apples, and mandarins. Ripe fruits are sweeter and more flavorful. Customize the types of fruit you use to tailor to your own taste preferences.
- Chill ingredients. If possible, chill the fruits and mint leaves in the refrigerator before juicing. Cold ingredients will result in a more refreshing juice, especially if you’re serving it immediately.
- Clean your juicer thoroughly. Make sure your juicer is clean and well-maintained before starting. Leftover residue from previous juicing sessions can affect the taste and quality of your juice. Clean all parts of the juicer according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
To store: Transfer any leftover pineapple juice to an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator. It’s best to consume the juice within 2-3 days. Before enjoying your stored juice, give it a gentle shake or stir to recombine any settled particles.
- Cold press juicer. A worthy investment if you’re a fan of fresh juice!
- Blender. In place of a juicer, if needed.
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Frequently asked questions
Yes, you can use a regular centrifugal juicer if you don’t have a cold-press juicer. However, keep in mind that the cold-press juicer typically retains more nutrients and produces a smoother juice with less foam.
While using fresh pineapples is recommended for the best flavor, you can use bottled pineapple juice in a pinch. However, be aware that bottled juice may contain added sugars or preservatives, so check the label.
Straining the juice is optional. Straining will remove any remaining pulp and small particles, resulting in a smoother texture.
Yes, you can prepare the juice in advance and store it in the refrigerator. However, it’s best to consume it within 2-3 days for the freshest taste.
- 2 small pineapples
- 2 Granny Smith apples
- 5 small mandarins
- 1 sprig mint fresh
- Wash, peel, and chop the pineapples into manageable chunks. Wash and slice the Granny Smith apples, making sure to remove the cores. Peel and separate the mandarins into segments. Rinse the fresh mint leaves.
- Start by feeding the pineapple chunks, apples and mandarins through your cold press juicer (or blend if using the straining option – see below). Allow the juicer to extract all the juice from the pineapples. Collect the pineapple juice in a container or jug.
- Once you've juiced the fruits, add the fresh mint leaves to the juicer. The mint will infuse a refreshing aroma and flavor into the juice. Gently stir to ensure the mint flavor is evenly distributed.
- (Optional) If you prefer a smoother texture and want to remove any remaining pulp or if you used a blender instead of a juicer, strain the juice through a mesh strainer or a nut milk bag into a clean container.
- Refrigerate the juice for about 30 minutes to allow it to chill. If you'd like your juice even colder, you can add ice cubes to your serving glasses.