Homemade orange-pineapple juice

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March 21, 2014Recipes9 Comments

Homemade orange pineapple juice

Lately, whenever people ask me, “How’s New York?” I answer, “Fine.” Then I realize that might sound negative, so I add, “Good! Fine. You know. Good.” What I really want to say is: I’m not sure if I like this place.

Yesterday the temperature hit 51 degrees, it hit me that maybe it was just winter that I didn’t like. In the sunshine, with the slush finally melted and people milling about running errands, untethered by scarves and jackets, my neighborhood seemed like a real neighborhood again. People walked a little slower on the sidewalks. The open doorway at the Chinese grocery store around the corner suddenly seemed more inviting, as did the roast ducks hanging in the window at Shun Wang. Even the eight-minute walk to the 7 train seemed brighter, maybe literally because of the sun.

All of this happened to coincide with another discovery: New York actually gets pretty great oranges and pineapple. I’ve grumbled much of the winter about the city’s lack of fruit variety (sorry if you had to hear my discourse on apples), but then I discovered that my local bodega carried guavas, the kind that hit you with their perfume immediately. Another bodega carried fresh, juicy pineapple in February.

Combined with a bag of juice oranges that I bought on Fresh Direct, I decided to make a juice yesterday in the blender, reminiscent of Mexico’s streets. The guavas weren’t quite ripe this time around, so I used orange, pineapple and grapefruit. (I don’t have a juicer, so I hand-squeezed the orange and grapefruit, making sure both were at room temperature. It was easy, and actually pretty cathartic.)

The juice was perfectly sweet and tart, with a bit of pleasant bitterness from the grapefruit. Think I may be on my way to loving the city again.

Homemade Orange Pineapple Juice
Makes about 3 1/2 to four cups (enough for at least four juice glasses)

Ingredients

Juice of 1/2 grapefruit (about 1/2 cup)
2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (about 5 to 6 oranges)
2 cups freshly chopped pineapple

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend on high.

2. Strain into a pitcher or airtight container. Serve immediately, or chilled.

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9 Responses to “Homemade orange-pineapple juice”
  1. Eileen Donohue

    Lesley, that sounds fantastic. I love that you squeezed the fruit by hand. a little papaya juice would add nother dimension, the papaya has to be really ripe.

    And IMO it just cries put for some vodka and a swizzle stick, then bingo, springtime is here.

  2. Lesley Tellez

    Oooh, like the papaya idea. And I LOVE the vodka and swizzle stick. Gonna have to do that for brunch one weekend soon. :-) Thanks for the ideas, Eileen!

  3. gloria

    . Sounds like you are getting used to NY. Happy Days to you.

  4. Chantal

    Lesley, what a fabulous idea for a drink to carry us through the rest of this winter. I love Eileen’s idea, though I think a shot of dark spiced rum would do the trick for me…

    • Lesley Tellez

      Thanks, Chantal. I’m totally unschooled in dark spiced rum. What else do you do with it?

      • Chantal

        I also love adding a spoonful of rum to fresh fruit that I heat up with a bit of sugar and cinnamon to turn into an instant sauce for ice cream, and if I want a rum cocktail, I usually have a Dark & Stormy (dark rum and ginger beer), or my recent favourite, The Sidecar Revisited, which I recently posted a recipe for on my blog:
        http://thelitkitchen.com/sidecar-revisited/

        Enjoy!

  5. There is nothing better than fresh orange juice for breakfast and pineapple makes it even better! Cheers!

  6. Hahaha. Your story makes me miss NYC. I just moved to San Francisco, and though I don’t miss the weather, I loved my corner bodega and fresh food there.

    This recipe sounds delicious! I might add a little ginger for spiciness, and serve this with dessert. :)

  7. Lesley Tellez

    Miachel: Oooh, I like the ginger idea! Let me know how it turns out.

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