spring. it’s here and although it’s not always warm outdoors, it has been bright and sunshiny, and the perfect time to start making one of our favorite drinks, citrus juice. we recently tried to remember where we first had this juice, (to no avail), but upon our first tasting, we were committed to making our own version at home. when i have a handful of citrus – anything from lemons, limes, grapefruits, mandarins, or oranges – on hand, i get the urge to fill our fridge with this refreshing beverage. please try it – it’s worth every hand squeeze (to me, till we get a juicer…) and fun for kids.
- Mix of citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, mandarins, etc..)
- Simple syrup (1 cup sugar in 2 cups water – stir slowly till sugar dissolves over med-high heat.)
- Dash of vanilla
Squeeze all citrus into a measuring cup until you have about 1 cup of juice. Strain juice into a large bowl to remove any pulp and/or seeds. Add small dash of vanilla. Measure out 1½ cups of simple syrup (may want to start less and increase sweetness per your taste), and begin stirring mixture together. Slowly add cold water starting with 3 cups and slowly adding more as needed. Drink immediately, or refrigerate till it’s icy cold for a sweltering day!
I realize this is a bit “rough” for a recipe… but it gives you an idea. Depending on how much fruit you have on hand this recipe yields approximately 1-liter of juice. It really depends on your personal taste for sweetness and tartness, so please add water slowly until you adjust appropriately. Each time will taste a little different, that’s what makes it fun!