Our green jungle juice recipe is a simple and delicious cocktail. It’s a party punch that can liven up a day and a crowd.
All you need to prepare it is your best vodka, cordial, and choice of fruit juice. We’re going with lemon and orange juices, club soda for a fun fizz, and sugar for a sweet, balanced finish.
It also has moderate amounts of sugar and alcohol to help you watch your health. Read on to learn about green jungle juice, whether it’s healthy, and how to prepare your own cocktail.
Is Green Jungle Juice Healthy?
Alcoholic drinks are not exactly health-friendly. But this green jungle juice recipe keeps your body and health in mind by limiting alcohol and sugar to moderate amounts.
1. Moderate Alcohol
It contains 1.5 fl oz of alcohol per serving, which is within the USDA guidelines for moderate alcohol consumption.
It’s easy to lose track of your alcohol intake, which can lead to adverse effects like waking up to a severe headache after a night of drinking.
Fortunately, you can counteract this by drinking plenty of water (that, and a wholesome breakfast dish).But never mind the hangover; excessive drinking can also result in long-term sickness. It could contribute to liver disease, high blood pressure, and depression.
So what’s the best way to avoid these health risks? Drink alcohol in moderation or cut it completely from your diet.
You can either have alcohol or a healthy lifestyle. Thankfully, our recipe gives you the option to maintain both.
2. Less Sugar
Added sugar itself doesn’t cause obesity or diabetes. But consuming too much of it may contribute to the development of both conditions.
Thus, it’s important to limit it in your diet.
Our juice contains one teaspoon of added sugar per serving, which is well within the recommended daily added sugar limit.
What Is Green Jungle Juice Made of?
1. Rum, Blue Cordial
Our recipe includes rum and blue cordial liquor as an alcoholic base. Rum gives it a bitter-sweet essence while the cordial imparts citrus flavor and a bright color.
2. Lemon & Orange Juices
For a more refreshing taste, we’ve added lemon and orange juices. They give a vibrant citrus quality that combines to make a sweet, yet bitter drink.
Omitting both ingredients will produce a less zesty beverage. And we love fruits for their unique, natural taste that makes a bitter drink more palatable.
Adding sugar is also a great way to bring the flavors together to create a delicious balance. But don’t hesitate to reduce the amounts to suit your preferred taste.
4. Club Soda
Club soda brings an appreciable bubble and fizz to our green jungle juice, helping to make it the ultimate refreshment for scorching hot days.
5. Fresh Fruits
Lastly, you can elevate this brightly colored beverage even more with some fresh fruit slices. Simply slice them into neat pieces and add them to your glass of green jungle juice.
How to Make Green Jungle Juice
Start by washing all the fruits thoroughly, and pick strawberries and some oranges for slicing. Cut them into neat, thin slices and set them aside.
Combine rum, cordial, club soda, and freshly-squeezed orange and lime juices in a large pitcher (about 34 oz). Add sugar to the mixture and stir to dissolve.
To serve, pour into cocktail glasses. Garnish them with fresh fruit slices, and enjoy your green jungle juice with or without ice.
If you’re curious to try other flavors, we’ve got you covered with this list of Top 10 Jungle Juice Recipes. It’ll guide you on how to prepare each drink and shed light on other properties of jungle juice.
How Long Does Jungle Juice Last in the Fridge?
Jungle juice can last up to 3 days in the refrigerator. That’s because it contains homemade orange juice, which loses nutrients quicker compared to store-bought varieties.
You may wonder whether the alcohol content causes it to extend its storage period.
It’s true, alcohol tends to have a much longer shelf life (up to 20 years when opened). But even though the main component in jungle juice is alcohol, adding fruit juices can cause it to spoil quicker.
So, consume it within 3 days to be safe. Just make sure to use an air-tight container to prevent oxidation and quick spoilage.
This green jungle juice contains 204 calories per serving, whereas typical jungle juice can range from 230 to 250 calories per serving.
The most significant difference in ours is the restriction of sugar and alcohol. Together, both ingredients constitute 72% of the calories in this beverage.
That’s a large percentage, even if we’ve made sure to limit the amounts. But you can reduce them further to shave off more calories, making your drink safer to consume.
Green Jungle Juice Recipe
- 3 fl oz 80-proof dark rum
- 3 fl oz blue cordial
- 10 fl oz orange juice from about 12 oz fresh navel oranges
- 5 fl oz club soda
- 4 fl oz lemon juice fresh
- 4 tsp sugar
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 2 oz strawberry slices fresh
- 3 oz navel orange slices fresh
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- Wash fruits and pat them dry with a kitchen towel. Slice the strawberries and oranges. Set aside.
- In a large pitcher, combine rum, blue cordial, orange juice, club soda, lemon juice, and sugar. Stir to combine. Add the sliced fruits to the pitcher.
- To serve, divide into four glasses filled with ice. Top each glass with the green jungle juice, along with strawberry and orange pieces.
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