Learn the simple formula for making healthy fresh juice shots. You won’t believe how easy and affordable it is to make juice bar-style juice shots at home!
All of us love freshly pressed juice for how easy it makes fitting the nutrients from a boatload of fruit and vegetables into a tall glass that’s a pleasure to drink. Fresh juice is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals to add to your day and can help support your body’s immunity, wellness, skin, weight loss and more.
The downside? Buying a juice at a local shop runs about $8 a day in my area, which is a staggering $160 a month if you buy one every weekday in a month.
If the cost or inconvenience of buying it pre-made means you opt to consume juice less often, well you’re missing out on a lot of healthy nutrition!
Making fresh juice at home is the obvious choice if you want to have a daily juice habit, but you have to keep large amounts of fresh produce on hand (impractical with my small fridge!), and the cost of all that produce still adds up even for a single glass of juice. Take a basic juice: apple: $1+, cucumber $2+, lemon $1 plus greens, ginger, etc…prices can even be higher if you take it seriously and buy organic.)
All about fresh juice shots
Juice shots are the latest trend in fresh juice, one I personally love because you get all of the benefits of juice along with some compelling perks!
Juice Shots vs Juice
While I still love standard fresh juice, juice shots have many compelling advantages.
Juice shots are:
Because juice shots limit heavy, water-dense produce, juice shots automatically save several dollars per serving, not to mention you’ll have less shopping, hauling and storage to deal with!
Lower sugar, lower calories.
By design, juice shots are only a few ounces in size – you can shoot them like a shot, if you want! Their small size means you need less high-sugar fruit even for a drink packed with leafy greens and ginger. Juice shots also have much fewer calories than a full-sized juice.
Faster to make and clean.
Less washing and peeling to prep, and less cleanup when you’re done! All in, it takes me 5 minutes to prepare, make, drink and cleanup my daily juice shot for two every day.
How handy is it to get the nutrients of ingredients like two cups of organic baby spinach and four inches of ginger in a juice that takes only seconds to drink? And if you need to travel with your juice, shots are smaller to store and lighter to tote in a cooler.
A vehicle for superfood and supplement add-ins.
A quick, flavorful, nutrient-dense shot is the perfect vehicle for many of the powdered superfoods and supplements most of us struggle to include everyday. Shaking a juice shot with “boosts” like collagen, spiraling and baobab make it easier to reach your supplement goals.
How to Make a Juice Shot
With the growing trend in juice shots, new store-bought and juice bar to-go options are popping up every day. I love to grab them if I’m out and about or traveling, but at $3-$5 a pop, I prefer to make them myself. Juice shots are so easy and fun to make!
1. Choose a base:
green apple, lemon, carrot, celery, mango, cucumber, melon, tangerine etc
The base options are water-heavy fruits and vegetables that create the volume in the juice shot.
2. Choose nutrient-dense:
spinach, ginger, turmeric root, kale, peppers, garlic, herbs
The nutrient-dense ingredients provide loads of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and flavor.
3. Choose boosts:
Juice “boosts” are superfoods and supplements that can be mixed into a juice shot. These ingredients do not go through the juicer. To add a boost to your shot, shake your mix-ins and juice shot in a blender bottle or alternatively, blitz with an immersion blender for a few seconds.
Superfood Mix-ins + “Boosts” for Homemade Juice Shots
- Baobab Powder
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Fire Cider
- MCT Oil or MCT oil powder
- Blue Green Algae (for the brave)
4. Optional: Shake with ice to chill.
I prefer to drink my juice shots very cold. (They taste best that way!) After shaking my “boosted” juice in a blender bottle, I shake it in a cocktail shaker full of ice then strain the shot into a glass. To simplify with fewer dishes, you could use a blender ball to shake, then remove to shake with ice. Whatever gets it cold!
The Best Affordable Juicer under $100
I will tell anyone who will listen how much I love my juicer, the Breville Compact Juice Fountain. This juicer has the power of a large juicer but doesn’t take up much more room on your counter than a blender.
I initially chose it years ago as the best inexpensive juicer option with the assumption I would get a more expensive model later. However, after five+ years of consistent use juicing for two people, I still don’t need to upgrade!
You don’t have to take my word for it, though! Last time I checked, it has almost 6000 reviews and a 4.5 star rating on Amazon.
Juice Shot Recipe
Green Ginger Lemonade with Baobab
This is one of my go-to juice shot recipes using ingredients I almost always have on-hand: Apple, Ginger, Lemon, Spinach, Celery and Baobab. Use the noted quantities as a guideline for creating your own juice shot creations!
1/2 green apple
1 Meyer lemon, (do not need to peel)
2 stalks celery
Two large handfuls spinach
4 inches fresh ginger, peeled (scrubbed clean if organic)
- Press the apple, lemon, celery, spinach and ginger through the juicer.
- Shake juice with baobab and glutamine in a blender bottle.
- Shake juice with ice to chill (optional).
How to convert a juice recipe into a juice shot
There are way more juice recipes on the internet than juice shots – what gives?! With a few helpful tips, it’s easy to learn how to convert a full-sized juice recipe into a juice shot.
The #1 thing you need to do is limit “base” ingredients with high water content. Vegetables like celery, cucumber and fruits like apple have their share of vitamins, but with that comes a lot of excess water. Cut down the amount of water-dense fruit and vegetables or eliminate them all together.
Apple: 1/4 per shot vs whole
Cucumber: 1-2 inches per shot vs whole
Celery: 1 stalk per shot vs many
Orange: 1/4 per shot (or sub small tangerine) vs whole
Don’t touch the amount of Nutrient-Dense ingredients! These are the crucial, vitamin-rich ingredients in your shot that we want to juice and consume with just enough of a base to add some volume and sweetness so it tastes good and is easy to drink.
With some juicing experience, it won’t take you you long to learn which ingredients yield pure nutrients vs excess water content.
Juice Shot Recipe Inspiration
Get creative by narrowing down your ingredient list to what’s available organic and in season and otherwise craft juice shots with your current health needs and environment. Juice combinations can be immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, energy or simply support your overall wellness.
When I feel stumped for ideas, I love to get inspiration from the menus of popular juice bars. Two juice bars I like in NYC are Liquiteria and Joe & The Juice, but my favorite menu of all for inspiration is from an unexpected place: Vela Juice Bar, a little cute and unassuming juice bar I found over the holidays in Plymouth, MA. (They were the only place for miles that juices fresh turmeric root!)
Just check out some of these creative juice combinations from their website:
Farmer’s Market Punch: Carrot, Beet, Sweet Potato, Apple, Romaine
Flu Shot: Lemon, Ginger, Honey, Cayenne, Turmeric
Buzzard’s Brew: Carrot, Pineapple, Orange, Apple, Turmeric
Look beyond juice bars in your local town and get inspired by creative juices from all over the world!
Fresh Juice Tips & FAQS
Can fresh juice shots be stored in the fridge?
Fresh juice retains the most vitamins and nutrients when consumed immediately, but in a pinch you can keep it for up to 48 hours (72 max, if you must!). The benefits you get from making homemade juice, even if you drink it later, greatly outweigh not having the juice at all.
If you need to travel with your juice, keep it on ice in a cooler.
What are the best containers for storing fresh juice?
If it’s unrealistic for you to make fresh juice shots every day, it is best to store fresh juice in glass bottles or jars in your refrigerator. (These cute 4-oz mason jars are perfectly sized for shots!)
If you want to take juice to-go to enjoy later (like at work), keep it on ice in a cooler when you don’t have access to a fridge.
Tip for storing juice in mason jars
I love mason jars, but I hate cleaning and keeping up with the two-piece lids that easily rust and are really only meant for canning. If you want to store juice in a mason jar, Amazon now sells leak-proof, one-piece mason jar lids in fun, bright colors. Some mason jar lid sets even come with a dry erase marker so you can label or date your juice right on the lid! This set comes with a marker, and I especially love the lid colors!
Mason jars come sized as “regular mouth” or “wide mouth” so just pay attention when you order so you get the right lid size for your mason jars!
Unrelated but I can’t resist…how cute is this coffeeshop-style lid for mason jars?!
Can you make juice shots in a blender?
If you poke around online, there are a handful of people who claim it is “easy” to juice without a juicer…if you have a high-end blender like a Vitamin or Blendtec and the patience to strain your juice through layers of cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. For all of that trouble, and especially if you plan on making juice a regular habit, save the headache and buy an affordable, entry-level juicer.
5 Tips for Starting A Daily Juice Shot Habit
Add juice, and nothing else!
Add a juice shot to your current breakfast. (And don’t change anything else!) Adding a new juice habit and overhauling your current daily breakfast, adding a morning workout, etc. creates a huge amount of change that can be hard (if not impossible!) to stick to in the long term.
Choose a cue/trigger.
Pick an event, time or action to follow with making juice. Make sure you pick something you do every day and not something that’s not quite a habit yet. (For instance, even if you are “mostly good” about taking your vitamins, if it’s not a no-brainer behavior that happens like clockwork, skip using it as a cue.)
A great trigger for most people new to creating habits in their morning routine is making coffee – something coffee drinkers never forget to do!
People who post on Instagram and Facebook love this approach! Take a photo of your juice shot every day and and at the end of nine days, use an app like Layout to create a 3×3 photo grid and share your new healthy habit with your friends!
Your juice habit journal could be as simple as a “check” on the days you included a juice, or you can design it as a health journal and keep notes on the ingredients and supplements you used and how it affected major health factors like mood, energy, sleep and weight.
Get a “Habit Girlfriend” aka a lifestyle accountability partner.
Sharing personal goals with a like-minded someone who is on a similar path can make a huge difference. Accountability partners especially work magic when they’re not someone close to you in your daily life.
Relationships with friends, siblings and spouses are complex and despite good intentions, they usually don’t work as effective accountability partners.
My goal with Habit Girlfriend is to build a friendly network of women who are working on lifestyle habits and want the support, ideas and accountability from other women doing the same. If you’re interested in this concept, email me to get added to the waiting list. I will always personally reply and keep you updated for when we have enough interest to launch a FREE group where “Habit Girlfriends” can meet each other and find lifestyle accountability partners.