A twist on classic orange juice, this freshly squeezed grapefruit orange juice is the perfect refreshing beverage any time of day. The sweetness from the orange balances out the tart and bitterness from the grapefruit. It’s a delicious fresh citrus juice combination.
Fresh grapefruit juice can be a little bitter on its own, so the natural sweetness of the orange juice makes the perfect balance!Jump to Recipe
Why this recipe works
- Super easy, made with clean and fresh ingredients.
- Fresh juice is better than store bought!
- You can control the amount of additives and added sugar when you make it yourself.
- Citrus fruits are high in vitamin A and vitamin C and great for the immune system.
- Gluten free
- Dairy free
There are many different kinds of oranges, and it can be difficult to know which ones are best for making freshly squeezed orange juice. For making this juice I highly recommend using an orange that is in season.
You can find out what is in season by using the Seasonal Food Guide’s comprehensive database of seasonal food in the United States to determine when different varieties of oranges are in season in your state. Your local farmer’s markets should also carry what is in season in your area.
My preferences are Navel oranges, Cara Cara or Valencia oranges. You can also try blood oranges which have a darker flesh and a slightly sweeter juice.
Grapefruits are sour and sweet with a slight bitter taste, aka the perfect balance with oranges. Pick ripe grapefruits that feel plump and heavy for their size. It should be slightly red in color when cut open - the deeper the color, the more intense the flavor will be. There are also white grapefruit and pink grapefruit varieties. Try to choose what’s in season for the best taste.
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
You have 3 options for juicing with this recipe:
- Citrus press/hand squeezed
- Classic juicer
Hand squeezing the citrus is the cheapest option, but can be strenuous if making big batches. The quickest way to juice any citrus is to use a citrus press.
To use a juicer, remove the citrus peels, and add the fruit into the juicer. There could be a lot of juice in the pulp still, so you may have to strain the remaining pulp to release enough juice.
To make this juice with a blender, peel the fruits and discard the peels. Add the citrus segments to the blender and blend at high speed. Next strain the pulp from the juice with a fine mesh strainer.
Transfer juice to an airtight container and chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes prior to serving.
When making citrus juice in a juicer or blender, it is best to peel the fruits first.
Storage directions: Fresh fruit juices are best enjoyed within 24 hours. I prefer to chill my fresh juices for about 30 minutes prior to serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours.
Freezing directions: If you won’t consume the juice in the first 3 days, you can freeze the leftovers. The best way to do this is with ice cube trays. Freeze the juice into trays, then transfer to a freezer bag. Store frozen for 2-3 months.
For more information on juicing, see 8 Juicer Recipes for Energy.
Of course this juice would be perfect served as is with breakfast (pair it with Savory Mexican Breakfast Quinoa Bowl or Huevos con Chorizo.
I love serving this grapefruit and orange juice with brunch. Some of my favorite recipes to serve this with are Authentic Mexican Chilaquiles Rojo, Healthier Brunch Burger, or Oat Milk Pancakes.
It would also be perfect for mocktails and cocktails as a mixer! Use it with champagne or prosecco for a twist on mimosas.
You can also combine it with other juices for a juice blend. Try it with fresh ginger juice, fresh turmeric, or pineapple ginger juice.
Use it for a refreshing agua fresca, like in Strawberry Agua Fresca, Agua de Piña, or Orange Agua Fresca.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will fresh juice keep in the refrigerator?
This juice is best when used in the first 24 hours, but keep it in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
How do you juice a grapefruit?
You can juice a grapefruit in the same way you would an orange! A hand juicer or juice press is great for this.
If you love juices, start with my guide to juicer recipes for energy, offering 8 different recipes!
More fresh fruit juice recipes:
- Kiwi Juice
- How to Make Ginger Juice (Juicer + Blender Recipe)
- Mandarin Juice
- Simple Pineapple Ginger Immunity Juice
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Grapefruit Orange Juice
- Hand juicer, electric juicer, or blender
- 3 fresh grapefruits
- 4 fresh oranges
Juice grapefruits and oranges either by hand, with a citrus press, juicer, or blender.
- By blender: remove the peels of oranges and grapefruits first by knife or hand. Next, add grapefruits and oranges to the blender and blend until smooth. If having trouble blending, add ½ cup of filtered water (juice will be less intense in flavor). Strain and enjoy.
- By juicer: remove the peels of oranges and grapefruits first by knife or hand. Next, juice grapefruits at LOW, and then juice oranges at TURBO.
- By citrus press or hand: Cut grapefruits and oranges in half. Juice (in any order). Combine and enjoy.
- Add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, fresh lime juice, or any natural sweetener if needed.
- When making citrus juice in a juicer or blender, it is best to peel the fruits first.
- Storage directions: Fresh fruit juices are best enjoyed within 24 hours. I prefer to chill my fresh juices for about 30 minutes prior to serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours.
- Freezing directions: If you won’t consume the juice in the first 3 days, you can freeze the leftovers. The best way to do this is with ice cube trays. Freeze the juice into trays, then transfer to a freezer bag. Store frozen for 2-3 months.
Ever since she taught herself how to cook, Elise has been making simple recipes with fresh ingredients. She believes the best recipes highlight the ingredients by using the best of cooking techniques. She’s an avid juicer and has juiced each and every fruit and vegetable there is. She also creates savory recipes inspired by what’s available in California. Many of her authentic Mexican recipes are passed down from her from mother in law and is a huge influence on her cooking.
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