Pineapple ginger juice is my idea of the beginning of a perfect power packed morning. Loaded with nutrients and anti-oxidants, this immune boosting juice is something our family enjoys all year round. While I do love a bowl of chilled smoothies, I rely on these ginger shots to give me a kick of energy in the mornings.
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In this post, I will walk you through how to make this juice using a high speed blender and a juicer. I have both but I personally prefer using the blender for this juice because I do not strain this. Let me get to the nitty gritty of it in a bit but in the meanwhile, let us have a look at the ingredients.
You can call this ginger shots, pineapple ginger energy shots or by whatever name you fancy. But I am this old school person and I will stick to juice. To make this at home, you will need-
I prefer coring and prepping my own pineapple. But you can buy precut pineapple if you want to minimize the labor. Canned pineapples will not work in this recipe. I also recommend that you buy a pineapple that is just ripe. In fact, a slightly under ripe one works very well for this recipe.
While buying pineapples, look for ones that are beautifully golden brown on the outside. If you find too many green spots on the surface, it means the fruit is under-ripe. If it looks too brown and dry on the outside, it is likely that the fruit is over-ripe.
The perfectly ripe pineapple will have a distinct pineapple smell. You can also give it a little squeeze when you press on the shell. The fruit should feel heavy and not hollow too.
This Asian ingredient needs no introduction, does it? Ginger roots are full of nutrition benefits. They aid in digestion, reduce bloating, have anti-oxidants and cancer fighting properties. I can wax eloquent about ginger.
Here is a tip- To peel ginger easily, wash the roots well. Use the flat edge of a sharp spoon and scrape away at the peel. Always chop ginger along its length. When you slice across the breadth, the fiber does not allow you to get a smooth and even cut.
Freshly squeezed lemon juice is what you need here. I personally love Meyer lemon juice but you can use whatever you have on hand. Use lime juice in a pinch if you do not have lemon juice handy.
If you are going to use the juicer to make this juice, then you do not need water. But for the blender method, we need water. This is because the pineapple chunks cannot be fully blended if we do not add enough liquid.
Adding ground turmeric is nothing new in Indian cuisine. But in the west, it is still an unique spice. If you are keen on reaping the benefits of turmeric, adding them to your morning smoothies is a great way to include turmeric in your diet.
Wondering why cayenne? Because it helps in better absorption of nutrients here. Other alternative for cayenne can be black pepper. You will need ½ teaspoon ground black pepper for this recipe.
There are so many ways to make this juice. Here are some ways that I have tried-
- Use yellow ginger (turmeric root) instead of ground turmeric. This has more nutritional value than ground turmeric. You can find this in Asian stores.
- Add some carrots while you juice. The result is a delicious concoction of pineapples and sweet carrots. Make sure you chop the carrots into small cubes before juicing.
- Make this into a cocktail by adding alcohol of your choice. White rum or gin is great here.
- Add some orange juice for a tangier version of this juice.
- I recommend taking only a small portion of this juice on empty stomach in the morning. Unlike other juices, this is a kind of detox juice and should be had in a limited quantity only.
- Adjust the quantity of cayenne based on your spice tolerance.
- Chop the pineapple into small chunks for easier blending.
- For easier chopping of pineapple, first remove the fronds using a chef’s knife. Then cut the fruit into two halves vertically. Chop the pineapple into smaller pieces and then peel them. Use a sharp paring knife to peel your pineapple.
- Every 2 cups of chopped pineapple along with the remaining ingredients mentioned here gives about 20 fl.oz of juice.
- This juice tastes best when drunk chilled.
- Turmeric may stain your blender jar or juicer attachments. Wash the jar and attachments immediately to remove the stains easily.
- If you are using a juicer, save the pineapple and ginger pulp. You can add them to your bakes or energy balls later. You can also freeze them in an ice cube tray and use these frozen cubes to flavor your water.
Shelf life and storage
Store this juice in a non-reactive container. Glass or stainless steel is great. This juice keeps well in the fridge for 1 week. I generally make this over the weekend and we enjoy these shots through the week.
Wash and prep the pineapple and ginger. If you are using turmeric root instead of ground turmeric, then wash, peel and chop the turmeric root as well. You will need 10 grams ( 0.35 oz) for this recipe. Squeeze the lemon and extract the juice. Assemble the remaining ingredients.
Pineapple ginger juice using blender
Steps 1 and 2
To the blender jar, add the ginger and ground turmeric. If you are using turmeric root, add that instead of the ground turmeric.
Steps 3 and 4
Add the lemon juice and chopped pineapple chunks next.
Steps 5 and 6
Add water to the blender jar. Tip in the cayenne.
Steps 7 and 8
Blend on high speed till the mixture is smooth. I blended this for about 3 minutes on high speed till I got a very smooth juice.
Steps 9 and 10
At this stage, you can choose to strain the juice using a double strainer. But I prefer not straining to prevent loss of nutrition and fiber. This is also why I prefer making this juice using the blender. Transfer the juice into small containers. I have used tiny glass vials which hold ⅓ cup ( 2 fl.oz) of juice here.
How to make pineapple juice using a juicer?
For best results, I recommend a slow juicer. Once all the ingredients are prepped, begin by adding chunks of pineapple, ginger and turmeric root (if using) to the juicer. If you are using ground turmeric, stir it into the juice at the end.
Once the juice has been expressed, stir in the cayenne, lemon juice and ground turmeric. Mix well. Serve immediately or chilled over ice.
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Pineapple Ginger Juice
- 1 high speed blender I use a Ninja Foodi Hot and Cold blender. Any high speed blender will work.
- 1 juicer Use a juicer instead of the blender if you have one.
- 2 cups chopped pineapple canned wont work
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric or 10 grams raw turmeric root (refer blog post for more information)
- 10 grams peeled and chopped ginger
- ¼ cup water
- 3 tablespoon Lemon juice
- Wash and prep the pineapple and ginger.
- If you are using turmeric root instead of ground turmeric, then wash, peel and chop the turmeric root as well.
- Squeeze the lemon and extract the juice.
- Assemble the remaining ingredients.
Pineapple juice using blender
- To the blender jar, add the ginger and ground turmeric.
- If you are using turmeric root, add that instead of the ground turmeric.
- Add the lemon juice and chopped pineapple chunks next.
- Add water to the blender jar.
- Tip in the cayenne.
- Blend on high speed till the mixture is smooth.
- At this stage, you can choose to strain the juice using a double strainer.
- Transfer the juice into small containers.
How to make pineapple juice using a juicer?
- For best results, I recommend a slow juicer.
- Once all the ingredients are prepped, begin by adding chunks of pineapple, ginger and turmeric root (if using) to the juicer.
- If you are using ground turmeric, stir it into the juice at the end.
- Once the juice has been expressed, stir in the cayenne, lemon juice and ground turmeric.
- Mix well.
- Serve immediately or chilled over ice.
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