We adore a freshly squeezed glass of OJ—especially in winter, when citrus is at its peak—but sometimes you want something a little more unusual. Ever tried to juice a kumquat? Or a sweet potato? Curious about how to make good-tasting green juice? Here are 15 of our favorite recipes.
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Maybe you've been curious about vegetable juices but a little nervous about how they might taste. Knudsen's new 'Nature's Peak' juice blends (around $4.99) are one answer: think of them as vegetables juices with training wheels. They're beginner-friendly fruity blends...and you don't have to clean the juicer afterward.
Some of the smoothies and juices we tested this past month are vibrant and green, some sweet and mellow. Here they all are, in case you're looking for a little inspiration for your still-kinda-the-New-Year-resolutions.
Bright, fresh orange juice, made a bit heartier and less acidic with the addition of sweet carrots.
A simple carrot juice sweetened with fresh oranges and spiced with ginger.
This recipe combines the tropical flavor of fresh pineapple with the tang and lovely blush color of blood oranges, one of winter's tastiest and prettiest citrus fruits. A dose of parsnip juice rounds out the sharpness of the other two ingredients and brings a smooth, rich texture to this invigorating cold weather drink.
Bright in taste and creamy in texture, this mix of pineapple, parsnip, and blood orange juice is a winning combination.
Hey, jerky January jet lag. Meet Green Grapefruit Ginger Juice. It's crisp and refreshing and positively buzzworthy, in that fresh grapefruit juice always gives me sort of a weird little buzz of mild hyperactivity that's exactly what a girl needs to combat jet lag phase two.
This juice is simple, crisp, and refreshing. Though bright green and full of spinachy goodness, it tastes mostly like a lightly gingery grapefruit juice.
Sweet potatoes juice up extra thick and frothy, with a mellow sweetness that I felt cried out for a hit of acidity. Enter apples, whose tartness provides the perfect counterpart. A hit of fresh ginger brings some spice to the party, rounding out this simple, satisfying three-ingredient juice.
This winter juice turns boring old sweet potatoes into a rich and mellow drink that's lightened with apple and spiced with fresh ginger.
I don't have the time or money for that southeast Asian vacation this year, but I can transport myself to Thailand's tropical climes with just my juicer and a few pieces of sweet, ripe fruit.
This frothy concoction is sweet, sour, and spicy, too.
This rich berry-avocado-date smoothie plays homage to the flavors of the Golden State.
I kind of hate the word 'mocktail'—it seems girly and fake, and makes me think of overly sweet and pink virgin strawberry daiquiris used for toasting at a baby shower. Non-drinkers deserve better. Here's the best freshly-made cocktail substitute I know: a mixture of ripe pear, fresh ginger, and kumquat.
This tangy juice is an excellent cocktail substitute: kumquats give it brightness, tartness, and a touch of bitterness, ginger adds a little spice, and pear make it smooth and rich.
This juice combines the delicate, floral sweetness of Asian pear with sophisticated, complex basil and a generous splash of bright, tart lemon. A little bit of celery brings it all together for a smooth finish. It's interesting without being too crazy, as evidenced by the fact that my two pre-teen taste testers not only didn't roll their eyes at it but seemed to genuinely enjoy it.
Asian pear lends a delicate, floral sweetness to this light and refreshing juice, while the lemon and basil chat with each other in little bursts of excitement.
We bought every type of blend-able fruit we could find along with every type of plain bottled juice in the juice aisle, and brought them home to see if we could figure out our favorite 1-juice, 1-fruit combos. Some blends were great, others were passable, and some downright vile (I'm looking at you, orange juice with papaya). Here are some general tips we figured out, along with a few of our favorite flavor combinations.
Yup: the best way I know to improve the flavor of a hardcore vegetable juice is with some hard alcohol. And with the five or six juices you drink over the course of a day when you're on a cleanse, you have the golden opportunity for a boozy journey around the world without ever changing out of your yoga pants.