The key to making the best homemade apple juice is using a mix of red apples that are in season, along with fresh granny smith apples for the perfect balance of sweetness.
Apples are a juicing staple. They have great yield (meaning you get a lot of juice per apple) and loads of health benefits.
Most importantly, apple juice tastes amazing. There’s a reason its so many people’s favorite juice!
This apple juice recipe was formulated by expert chef Ari Sexner. The simple yet brilliant blend of red and green apples (along with an optional squeeze of lemon) will leave you wanting more.
Click here to skip the ingredient list and step-by-step instructions. Read on to learn why we love this juice recipe.
Don’t have a juicer? Check out this recipe (you’ll need a strainer, blender/Vitamix, stove top and pot).
Why We Love This Fresh Apple Juice Recipe
It’s hard to imagine a better tasting apple juice.
Chef Ari has tested countless different combinations of red and green apples over the years. You now get to leverage his years of experience by simply following his golden ratio of apple juice: 2 (in season) red apples for every 1 green apple.
The result is the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness. Exactly what you want from apple juice.
Juicing note: A squeeze of lemon helps preserve the juice and adds to the flavor profile. If you’re drinking this juice right away, feel free to leave the lemon out. If you plan on storing the juice in the fridge, however, we highly recommend including that squeeze of lemon. It will make your juice taste fresher for longer.
The Health Benefits of Apple Juice
There are a number of amazing health benefits that come with drinking fresh, homemade apple juice. These include:
- Great for heart health. Apple juice is high in potassium, which is crucial for heart health.
- High in vitamins and minerals. One glass of this fruit juice has the immune system-boosting vitamin C, bone-building calcium, and more.
- Can help lower cholesterol levels. A classic benefit of apples in general.
- Rich in antioxidants. There are a ton of antioxidant compounds in apples.
- Hydrating. Apple juice is great for replacing those lost electrolytes after a long day or night.
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What Type of Apples Should You Use?
For the red apple, we suggest choosing whatever type of apple is currently in season. Honeycrisp, Fuji, Comic Red, Gala, Red Delicious, or even Pink Lady will work, as long as they are in season. Feel free to experiment with different types of red apples until you find the best one for you.
For the green, we recommend Granny Smith apples. Granny Smiths are easy to find year-round, plus they have a nice tartness that pairs well with any red apple. Again, feel free to experiment if you happen upon another type of green apple.
Related recipe: Ginger Carrot Apple Juice
Equipment note: We used the M-1 commercial juice press to make this juice recipe, but you can use pretty much any type of juicer (masticating, centrifugal, etc). 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.
- supports immune system
- aids weight loss
- cardiovascular support
- lowers cholesterol
|red apple||11.5 oz||326 g||2 medium apples|
|green apple||5.5 oz||156 g||1 medium apple|
|lemon (optional but recommended)||0.25 oz||7 g||1 small slice (1/10 of a lemon)|
Wash and weigh the produce.
Quarter the lemon (leaving skin on) and place directly into the press. If you don’t have a juice press, peel the lemon and juice with the rest of the ingredients.
Grind remaining ingredients together and press.
Your red apple doesn’t have to be Fuji, but it does have to be in season!
Are you a fan of ginger? Spice up this simple recipe by adding a small chunk of fresh ginger root.
Garnish with a thin apple slice to take your presentation to the next level.
Try one of these healthy recipes:
- Sweet Grapefruit Juice
- Cantaloupe Pear Juice (great source of vitamin A)
- The Best Green Juice Recipe
- Carrot Pineapple Orange Juice