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Thoughts on lime juice?
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From: Palm Springs, CA
Posted: 2012-05-11 7:14 pm   Permalink

I have a juicer and try to keep fresh lime juice on hand, but it's quite a chore and I go through a lot of limes! Also, not necessarily convenient when travelling and making cocktails away from your own equipment. I guess I should break down and do a taste test with the bottled "from concentrate" lime juice, but would like to hear others' thoughts on this cocktail staple!
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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2012-05-11 7:25 pm   Permalink

Try Nellie & Joe's key lime juice. It's worked for me when in a pinch.

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From: Cincinnati, Ohio USA
Posted: 2012-05-11 10:01 pm   Permalink

Personally, I would only use bottled lime juice as a very last resort. Hand juicers like the one below are small and pretty easy to travel with and use on the fly:

For home use I picked up the below Black & Decker electric citrus juicer on clearence at Big Lots for $16, it's the best investment I ever made cocktail-wise; makes juicing a cinch.

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From: Miami
Posted: 2012-05-12 04:21 am   Permalink

1- Refrigerated, fresh squeezed lime juice doesn't lose quality for about 6-8 hours. It will keep at high quality, frozen, for 2-3 days.

2- If you use a handheld juicer, do NOT get an enameled one. The acid in lime juice will eat away at the enamel. AMHIK.

3- Bottled Key Lime juice is the best of the bottled juices...and even then, it should be the very, very, very last resort. In fact, I'd avoid making drinks calling for lime juice if I couldn't get fresh juice.


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From: Palm Springs, CA
Posted: 2012-05-13 1:14 pm   Permalink

Thanks for the input! I have a champ of an electric juicer for home, but will definitely have to pick up a handheld for travelling!

Might try the key lime sometime, but for now I'll stick to fresh

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Posted: 2012-05-14 01:47 am   Permalink

Heelgrinder I use the yellow hand-held for Persian limes and the green hand-held for key or Mexican limes. Yellow is for lemons of course but the larger Persians are a breeze to squeeze as opposed to fussing with the green h-h. I use a larger stand-up press made by the ice-amatic folks when I'm making more than a few mai tais. I'll use bottled when they figure out how to grow em on trees.My 2 cents!Cheers,David
P S Mine are enameled So I rinse my squeezers asap after using cuz I have the same valid concern jokeiii has.

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From: Miami
Posted: 2012-05-14 06:15 am   Permalink

In my case -- and I freely admit this may have more to do with the quality level of mine than any sort of inherent flaw in the design -- rinsing the enameled handheld lime juicer, religiously, nanoseconds after using didn't prevent the enamel from eventually flaking and chipping off. The plain polished stainless ones (available at Williams-Sonoma) are my choice now.

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Chip and Andy
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Posted: 2012-05-14 08:16 am   Permalink

Fresh is always best when it comes to citrus.

Fresh is not always an option.

There is a middle ground....

Any quality bottled juice can be spruced up by adding a bit of fresh to it. If you need a gallon lime juice, but only have access to a dozen limes? Get a quality bottled product and then add the fresh juice to get at least some of the sparkle and life that comes from fresh squeezed.

It isn't as good as fresh, but it is better than bottled/canned/frozen.

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From: Rockledge, FL
Posted: 2012-05-14 12:18 pm   Permalink

I've found that the Stirrings people have a pretty good product when it comes to a bottled lime juice. And despite what one might think, the mojito tastes more like lime juice than the margarita. There are also various organic products at the local grocer that are also pretty good and less expensive, but still a pale imitation of the real thing.

And like suggested above, I kind of do the opposite and sometimes use the bottled stuff to extend the fresh stuff. Some times its necessary when you have a larger (or thirstier) crowd than expected.

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Posted: 2012-05-15 09:16 am   Permalink

Asking this group a simple question like that can open up a large conversation!

Limes keep pretty easily and the simple scissor type hand juicer is fine when mixing for 2 to 4 people. Fresh lime juice is the difference between good and bad cocktails a lot of the time. And you should not worry about speed as these drinks are strong and taking some time will keep the pace better.

The only bottle I use is Nellie's which you will likely find at the grocery store in the baking aisle. It is stronger than persian lime juice, so mix it at about 3/4 normal amounts.

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Posted: 2015-01-23 1:04 pm   Permalink

I was on a business trip to LA this week and FINALLY got to visit Tiki Ti, which was completely awesome. Five cocktails later (an an Uber ride back to the hotel) I am a convert.

However.... somewhere between the Rays Mistake and the Missionary's Downfall, I happened to notice them refreshing their lime juice... from a large can (gulp).

So what's the protocol on this? As an avid listener of 5 Minutes of Rum, and reader of Beachbum Berry's books, it's been drilled into me that I should ALWAYS squeeze fresh lime juice, and yet, here in one of the top tiki bars in the world - they're getting it out of a can?


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Posted: 2015-01-23 1:51 pm   Permalink

Interesting you saw that. Keep in mind that just because they're the oldest tiki bar in LA (sorry Tonga Hut) doesn't necessarily mean they're willing to go through all the efforts. Certainly we all know that the cocktail scene has gone through some crazy changes over the decades where fresh juices were out and cheap mixes were in. I think the Ti still goes by a lot of the conveniences - they use Finest Call sweet and sour as well as other "syrups." Now most of us would turn our nose up at the thought of Finest Call (I certainly do) but that doesn't take away from the originality in many of their concoctions. I can't imagine the three Buhen boys sitting at home manually juicing lime after lime after lime every morning. Trader Sam's, for example, uses bottled Odwalla lime juice.
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From: Tampa Bay
Posted: 2015-01-23 5:40 pm   Permalink

i think its been posted by those in the know that the Tiki Ti uses frozen lime concentrate, the kind that comes in a can...

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Joined: Jun 07, 2008
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From: 16 miles from The Mai-Kai
Posted: 2015-01-24 11:23 pm   Permalink

For what it's worth: The Mai-Kai is a high-volume restaurant, so they're lucky enough to have a long-standing relationship with a food distributor who provides fresh-squeezed juices daily, including lime, lemon, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, etc. The consistency of these juices is one of the key factors that keeps their drinks among the best in the world, IMHO.

You don't get that quality in canned or bottled products, of course. And you don't always get the consistency if you're juicing fruit in-house.

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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 2015-09-17 1:59 pm   Permalink

I picked up a bottle of Santa Cruz 100% Organic lime juice at the grocery store the other day. I always squeeze fresh juice for cocktails but thought I would by this as an emergency stopgap in the event of a lime shortage at the home bar. It states that it is 100% juice and not from concentrate. I have not tried it yet but plan on giving it a shake soon.

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