Jungle Juice

Healthy(ish) Jungle Juice Recipe

  • by Robin Frey
4.5 from 2 Reviews

 

Our healthy, cold-pressed version of a popular college party drink. This (optional alcoholic) jungle juice recipe is all about fresh produce and no processed ingredients.

Yield 13.5 oz
Calories 120 cal
Yield and calories may vary depending on produce used and method of extraction.
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Time

Prep Time
03:00
Juice Time
03:00
Total Time
06:00

Jungle juice is the centerpiece of many college parties. The party punch is an eclectic alcoholic drink, usually served from a punch bowl.

Our jungle juice recipe is easy to make with a short prep time. Plus, it's a lot healthier than the concoctions they throw together at New Year and Super Bowl parties.

2 glasses of jungle juice surrounded by ingredients

Click here to jump straight to the best jungle juice recipe. Or read on to learn more about jungle juice and why our recipe towers above the rest.

What is Jungle Juice?

our jungle juice recipe

If you’re unaware of the term Jungle Juice, it’s essentially a large batch of alcoholic fruit punch. What did we expect when a handful of early-twenty-somethings got together with their own bottles of liquor? 

According to most recipes, Jungle Juice can be a combination of vodka, tequila, rum, fruit liqueur, triple sec, fruit juice, Hawaiian punch, cranberry juice, club soda, and fresh fruit as a garnish. Some even include highly-processed pineapple juice, orange juice, fruit punch, lemon-lime soda (Sprite), pink lemonade, or Kool-Aid.

Seems like a lot, right? The result is a truly stomach-churning concoction (in my opinion).

Kids will typically mix their "carefully chosen" ingredients in a large container with ice cubes and a bottle vodka. They may also throw some watermelon, kiwi, or orange slices in for style points. 

Heck, some even opt for Everclear as their alcohol. Luckily, you never have to subject yourself or the people around you to such a trainwreck of a drink. Just follow the directions below for a delicious and healthy (minus the alcohol) alternative.

Why This is the Best Jungle Juice Recipe

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Although this beverage can be delicious (and dangerous), we’re here to give you a healthy alternative to this party staple.

This cold-pressed jungle juice cocktail recipe has less sugar and more nutrients to help boost your energy.

Instead of processed orange juice or apple juice, this recipe includes fresh apples, beets, lime juice, and more. Making this punch recipe will give you something unique to try at your next event and help you impress your friends (or the kids).

Jungle Juice ingredients

Ready to make jungle juice that actually tastes good? Let's dive into the recipe.

Equipment note: We used the M-1 commercial juice press to make this recipe, but you can use pretty much any type of juicer. Just keep in mind that the quality will always be higher when using a juice press.

Learn more about the industry-leading commercial juicers we use to make our recipes.

Health Benefits

  • lowers blood sugar
  • antioxidant
  • promotes healthy skin

Ingredients

  • carrot
    6.5 oz
    3 medium carrots
  • pineapple
    4.8 oz
    1 cup of pineapple chunks
  • apple (red)
    4.4 oz
    2/3 medium apple
  • grapes (red)
    2.8 oz
    16 grapes
  • ginger
    0.5 oz
    1 thumb-sized piece of ginger root
  • beet (red)
    0.3 oz
    1/10 beet
  • lime
    1 oz
    1/2 lime
  • vodka, gin, or white rum
    1.5 oz
    one shot per serving

Directions

  1. Wash, prep, and weigh produce.

  2. Prep the pineapple by removing the green crown from the pineapple and cut into chunks.

  3. To prep the beets, remove the top ends and clean the bottoms thoroughly.

  4. Quarter the lime (leaving skin on) and place directly into the press. If you don't have a juice press, peel the lime and juice with the rest of the ingredients.

  5. Grind remaining ingredients together and press.

  6. Mix in your alcohol of choice (optional).

Pro Tips

  • If you have a sweet tooth, throw in some extra pineapple or your favorite natural sweetener.

  • We highly recommend using a white liquor for the alcohol. Flavored liqueur, like Malibu coconut rum or peach schnapps, goes especially well in this jungle juice.

  • This doesn’t have to be an alcoholic punch! Hold the shot for a delicious glass of fresh, cold pressed juice.

 

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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Love the color of the juice and sounds like it tastes amazing too!

    Reply

  2. 4 stars
    Sounds great! But can you explain how it is only 120 calories for all of that??

    Reply

    1. Hi Macy!

      This recipe’s main ingredient is carrots which are super low in calories and very good for you! 🙂

      Reply