You want to make your own grape juice? Then you’ve come to the right place!
Grape juice was one of our favorite beverages to gulp down as kids. There are few things better than chugging grape juice right out of the fridge. If you’re like us, however, you stopped drinking processed juices and juice concentrates as you got older due to their abundance of preservatives, sugars, and high-fructose corn syrups.
But there is an alternative…
Our homemade crisp, soothing, and fresh grape juice recipe!
If you’re interested in taking a walk down memory lane and treating yourself to some delicious homemade grape juice without any added sweeteners, you’re in the right place.
Before we get into the recipe, we’re going to dive into some history, varieties, and health benefits of grapes.
Note: This chef-created grape juice recipe requires a juicer. If you’re looking to make grape juice without a juicer, check out this article, which gives instructions on how to make recipes with a strainer and a blender.
Grapes: A Quick History Lesson
Grapes were reportedly first discovered around 3500 B.C. and were well-known as the main ingredient in wine. Wine was first associated with monasteries and then quickly began to expand beyond religious rights to become a “social custom.” The demand for grapes only grew internationally over time.
Grapes are now not only used for wine, but they can be eaten raw, dried, or pressed into delicious fresh juice!
Types of Grapes
There are three main grape categories, all of which grow on grape vines:
These are the “snacking” grapes with thin skins that we usually see in the grocery store and are perfect for snacks, salads, baking, and more.
These are typically red grapes with tough skins that are perfect for juicing or making grape jelly.
These are grown specifically to be used for wine – they are grown all across the world and vary in taste, size, and color.
Here are some of the most popular grape varieties we see today:
- Thompson Seedless (green grapes)
- Flame Seedless (red grapes)
- Cotton Candy Grapes (candy-like sweet grapes)
- Concord grapes (dark purple grapes)
Concord grape juice is one of the most common juices that we see on the market but for this recipe, you can use any red grape that you’d prefer!
We’re avid grape eaters all year long. They’re refreshing, sweet, and perfect for an afternoon snack. Not only are they great to munch on, but they’re full of some awesome benefits you don’t want to miss, such as:
- High in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, & Vitamin A
- Full of Antioxidants
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces cholesterol
- Decreases blood sugar levels – protecting against diabetes
- Benefit eye health
- Decreases inflammation
Now, let’s get into the process for making homemade grape juice with a juicer.