My System: How to Get More Juice From Citrus

Who: The Vamp

Job: Food blogger for

System: “If I need to juice a lemon, lime or any sort of citrus fruit, I microwave the little buggers on medium for 45 seconds, so they’re warm and squishy inside, and are much more amenable to juicing.  I usually find I get more juice out of the fruit that way.”

How much juice does this get me? ”One regular-sized lemon should produce about 2 tablespoons of juice, if not more.”

Best use of this system? ”It’s particularly useful when you’re prepping cocktails for a large group.  It is amazing how much citrus you can go through when making a batch of drinks.”

Favorite citrus-enhanced party cocktail?  Vamp’s all-time fave is the classic Gin & Tonic – served with a wedge of lime. Natch!  But she also recommends the Zombie as a great party drink. Here are Vamp’s Zombie particulars:

The Zombie

1 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice

1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice

1 oz. pineapple juice

1 oz. passionfruit nectar

1 tsp. brown sugar

1 oz. white rum

1 oz. gold rum

1 1/2 oz. dark rum

1 dash Angostura bitters

Shake furiously. Serve over ice.

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