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SUPER JUICE - How to Get 8x as Much Juice From One Citrus?

Updated: Apr 27, 2022


Have you ever thought about how to get more juice from one citrus? Using citrus is a must for a number of cocktails, but is it really necessary to use one whole citrus for only one cocktail and then throw it away? It’s on us to think more environmentally friendly and try to be sustainable with our hobby/passion/profession. But when it’s also cheaper it’s easier to get the boss on board as well - there’s a method that can get you up to 8 times more juice from each citrus, the juice has a longer shelf life and a more prominent citrus flavor in a cocktail - those are wins all around, right? This is possible thanks to Super Juice - the brainchild of Nickle Morris, a bartender, and owner of Expo Cocktail Bar, in Louisville, Kentucky. I studied his technique, combined it with Dave Arnold’s formula for acids, and implemented it into my way of making ingredients. Our recipes may be a bit different but I kept the environmentally- and wallet-friendly approach. And so can you! Are you ready for Super Juice?!


LIME Super Juice

●Organic lime

●Citric Acid - 0.66 × weight of lime peels

●Malic Acid - 0.33 × weight of lime peels

● Water - 16.66 × weight of lime peels


LEMON Super Juice

● Organic lemon

● Citric Acid - the equal weight of lemon peels

● Water - 16.66x weight of lemon peels


ORANGE Super Juice (acid-adjusted)

● Organic Orange

● Citric Acid - 0.9 × weight of orange peels

● Malic Acid - 0.1 × weight of orange peels

● Water - 16.66 × weight of orange peels


Peel the citrus of choice, weigh the peels, and put them in a jar with the appropriate amount of citric (and malic, for lime and orange) acid. See the formula above. Shake well and leave it for up to two hours. This will give you “oleo citrate” which will give our juice acidity and citrus flavor. Then place everything from the jar (including the peels) into a blender and add water (again see formula above). Make sure to rinse inside of a jar with water to get out all the oleo citrate. Juice the lime/lemon / orange and add the juice into the blender as well. Blend for half a minute then strain through a cheesecloth. Bottle the Super Juice, keep it in the fridge and use it within a week.






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I have made SJ before by peeling the fruit. I am wondering if zesting the fruit would affect the juice in a negative way. Thank you! Love the channel!

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if doing this for a solitary batched cocktail, would it be appropriate to use the base liquor of that cocktail as the solvent, instead of water, being that the liquor should be able to better interact with the hydrophobic essential oils in the citrus? and then adjust your recipe to account for the fact that the citrus juice is basically a liqueur now?

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Kevin Kos
Kevin Kos
May 16
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Absolutely! You can make delicious "Cello" style of liqueurs here. In this case, I would instead use sugar than acid to extract the essential oils from the peels since liqueur needs sugar more than acidity.

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Do you want peel and pith as you would supreme a citrus? Or just the peel, no pith?

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Kevin Kos
Kevin Kos
May 04
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Try to peel it so you get as little pith as possible. 

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Has anyone tried this method with blood oranges? Is it even possible or will it just end up being orange?

Where I live we very rarely get fresh blood orange in so would love to be able to extend the usage.

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Kevin Kos
Kevin Kos
May 04
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Hi! Sadly, I haven't tried this method with blood oranges since I can't get organic ones, where I can use peels, too. I would love to hear the results from someone who tried it, though.

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I made some lime super juice and the next morning it had a kind of reddish magenta type sediment in the bottom. Is that expected? Or did I mess something up? I believe I followed the recipe well.

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Kevin Kos
Kevin Kos
Jan 30
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Hi! I haven't had or heard of such an experience before. Interesting! Can you send the photo to me by email or Instagram? I am curious about this. Thanks!

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