This simple recipe for a refreshing homemade pineapple juice, or jugo de piña, reminds of the freshly made fruit juices that my mom would make for us when we were growing up. It’s so easy to make and doesn’t compare to store bought juice. You also have complete control over the amount of sugar (or honey or your choice of sweetener), which you can adjust based on the sweetness of the fruit and your personal preference.
I highly recommend saving the skins and core of the pineapple to make chicha de piña – a spiced pineapple drink that is also very good. For an adult version of this drink you can add some cachaça (Brazilian sugar cane alcohol), aguardiente (Colombian/Ecuadorian sugar cane alcohol), or some rum.
1 whole pineapple, peeled, cored and cut in medium size chunks
6 cups of water, add more to taste
¼ cup to ½ cup sugar, adjust based on preference and sweetness of the pineapple
Juice from 1 lime or lemon
Working in batches place the pineapple chunks with the water, sugar and lime juice in the blender, and blend well.
Strain the juice and serve with ice.
- Remember to save the pineapple skins and core to make chicha de piña.
- Add rum for an adult pineapple cocktail
- Can also garnish with your choice of fresh herbs: mint, lemon verbena, etc
We are finally starting to enjoy some warm spring weather here in the Pacific Northwest (also known to be colder than Siberia in the spring). I love living in the Seattle area, but always have problems with the never ending winter. The winter isn’t extremely cold, just rainy and gloomy, and somehow seems to go into what should be springtime. Just reading about the nice warm weather in other cities was making me insanely jealous. But now, finally there are daffodils, tulips and cherry blossoms everywhere. The kids are more excited about playing outside than about watching TV or playing video games (yay!). Of course, after they are done playing they are thirsty and ready for something refreshing. Which is exactly what they get with this fresh jugo de piña or pineapple juice.
Step by step preparation photos for homemade pineapple juice:
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