Sipping on a tall glass of plum juice is a fantastic way to quench your thirst, stay hydrated, and stock up on antioxidants all in one go. Instead of buying it, why not trying to make fresh plum juice yourself? It's easier than you think, and it tastes so much better! Let's do it!
All you need for this recipe are two simple ingredients: ripe plums and water. Stew the chopped fruit in simmering water, blend it, filter it with a nut milk bag or a sieve, and you're done! Get ready to savour the sweetness of this delicious purple juice.
If you want to make it even more flavourful, we'll give you the option to add a few spices like cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. Pick your favourite (or all of them) and add it in the boiling water. Let it infuse in the juice and filter it later on along with the plum pulp.
The best thing about this recipe is that you can make the juice without using a juicer. Juicers crush and grind fruit and vegetables, extracting their juice and leaving the pulp behind. In our recipe, instead, we used a cheesecloth bag and found that it does a great job separating the pulp from the liquid with very little effort.
If you blitz the plums with water without cooking them first, the juice won't have that beautiful dark red hue. That's because the plum purple pigments leek out from the fruit skin only in hot water. But to avoid damaging the plum's precious nutrients, keep the water at a gentle simmer and don't cook the fruit for too long.
While many plum juice recipes out there also include added sugar, we made ours sugar-free. The natural sugars found in the fruit will dissolve in the boiling water, making the liquid sweet with no need for extra sugar. And if you use very ripe plums, the juice will be even sweeter. Now, it's time to grab your basket of plums and get juicin'!