TGIF: Fresh screwdrivers!

February 26, 2010

It’s Friday, which means it’s time to kick back a bit, and if you consume alcohol but don’t incorporate your juicer into your drinking I’m here to assure you that you’re missing out!

After my post about the R2D2-ness of my lemon juicer, I noticed that the photo I picked featured oranges, not lemons. Believe it or not, I’d never put an orange through the press-style juicer before!

And I had some Barnivore-approved vodka handy. Science beckoned!

So let’s get to it: I love my R2 unit for lemons, and now I know why: it’s only 2 lemons, max, at a time, which means 4 presses of a smallish fruit. Oranges are bigger, which means I have to press harder, and while I dilute the lemons heavily (usually 1 lemon per quart/liter of water,) these oranges were being diluted with alcohol, which meant I needed more of them.

Because I am somewhat lazy and also needed to retain the ability to write, I ended up using just one orange, which made for one small, if stiff, drink:

freshly squeezed screwdriver

(By the way, I highly recommend these Bodum Pavina Double-Wall Thermo Glasses (affiliate link) for lowball drinks with ice – the insides stay cold longer, and your hand stays warm, plus it just looks cool!)

If I was planning on more than one drink, I’d definitely fire up the Jack LaLanne and make a small pitcher of juice; it’s worth the cleanup time, and also establishes a cutoff point, because I probably wouldn’t make more juice later in the evening.

For one juice though, it was pretty tasty. One advantage (in my opinion) of the R2 over a shred-disc style juicer is that there’s no pith at all, which makes for a really sweet drink, and I guess that needs to be considered – I’ll try a taste test post on some Friday to come, if only because it makes “how’s work?” conversations totally awesome 🙂

Whatever your juicing technique, a fresh screwdriver is definitely worth the effort over store-bought juice. There was some noise last year about how concentrated orange juice is produced, and it was pretty nasty: a lot of the juice you can buy in stores has been in storage for a year or more, and that’s just for starters. Why, it’s enough to drive one to drink…

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