Holiday® Grapes and Apple Juice

This healthy and delicious Holiday Grapes and Apple juice recipe has minimal steps, doesn’t require a juicer, and can be easily stored in the fridge or sipped on immediately. The recipe is vegan, gluten free, and only naturally sweetened by fruit!

Course: Drink

Author: Natalie Mitchell

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of Holiday grapes (off the stem)
  • 3 apples (core and seeds removed)

Instructions:

  1. Start by washing your Holiday grapes and apples.
  2. In a high speed blender, place the Holiday grapes and cored apples in together. Blend together for about 1 minute or until it seems like it is blended. Note: it will be a mix of juice and grape peel and apple peel. If you have a smaller blender, you can do half at a time.
  3. Using a cheesecloth or milk bag, spread it over a large pot or mixing bowl.
  4. Gently pour the blended Holiday grapes and apples mixture slowly over the pot or bowl covered with the cheesecloth or milk bag. Make sure you are slow and steady here so that the cheesecloth or milk bag does not collapse in.
  5. Once the blended juice is completely poured out, lift up the cheesecloth or milk bag and squeeze the remaining amount to get as much juice out as possible (see notes on tricks for this). You will wind up with the fruit pulp left inside the bag or cloth.
  6. Add juice from the bowl, cup or pot to a glass to serve immediately or a container that can seal. Store in the fridge!

Tips:

  • For the blending, if you have a smaller blender, work in batches.
  • If you would like a sweeter juice, add 1-4 tablespoons of white sugar to the blending process or mix in at the end.
  • To get the most out of the cheesecloth or milk bag, gather the outside with one hand to create a closed bag look. With your other hand, gently slide it down until you cannot squeeze any more juice out and the leftover scraps are compact in the cheesecloth or milk bag (there should be so little excess moisture that the leftover scraps almost make a compact ball!)
  • Set aside a few extra grapes to freeze while you make the juice so that you can serve as “ice cubes” when served!
  • For storage, I like to use mason jars or any other empty glass containers. However, any container, jar or glass that can be completely sealed will work to store properly.

Substitutions:

  • You could use pears as a replacement for apples in this recipe for a similar taste and texture
  • If you want to use already made apple juice, use 1 cup of already made apple juice to replace the 3 apples in this recipe
  • If you want to leave out the apples completely, add 2 more cups of Holiday grapes to have the same amount of juice and add 1-4 tablespoons of sugar