Fresh Pineapple Juice Recipe – Costa Rica

Pineapple fruit, glass of pineapple juice, and carafe placed on a striped cloth.

Homemade Costa Rican pineapple juice (jugo de piña) is so healthy and delicious- all you need is a pineapple and a blender!

Pineapple fruit, glass of pineapple juice, and carafe placed on a striped cloth.

Pineapple Juice Costa Rica Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • One ripe pineapple, cored and diced.
  • 1 quart of water (4 tazas de agua)
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Blender (does not have to be high-powered)

Instructions:

Peel the pineapple. Slice and core your pineapple so that you have 1/2-inch cubes. Place pineapple chunks, sugar, and water into your blender and blend until smooth. You could also use a food processor here if you prefer. 

Strain the resulting liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher, pushing the pineapple pulp through with a spoon.

Once you can no longer get any more pineapple pulp through, pour the remaining two cups of water over it, and continue mashing the pulp through the sieve until only the pineapple fibers remain.

Discard the pineapple remnants and check the juice for taste, adding additional sugar and water if desired. Chill the pineapple juice about an hour before serving and enjoy!

Note- Depending on how ripe your pineapple is, you may not even need sugar!

Carafe of fresh Costa Rican pineapple juice resting on a striped cloth.

About This Costa Rican Pineapple Juice Recipe

With its signature warm climate and abundance of tropical fruits, Costa Rica is renowned for its frescos— delicious fresh fruit-and-water blended drinks that can be found just about everywhere. 

In honor of summer, I wanted to share a traditional fresco recipe with you all! In this case, I’m using one of Costa Rica’s most recognizable exports: the pineapple. Costa Rican is known for the most high-quality pineapples in the world (yes, I’m biased) and  if I bring a pineapple home from anywhere else my husband refuses to eat it. 

I especially love working with pineapples because of their health benefits. Not only are they naturally sweet and low calorie, but pineapples are also excellent sources of vitamin C and antioxidants. Thought to boost immunity and aid in digestion as well, pineapples are a great addition to any diet!

This recipe is very simple- it only requires raw pineapple, water, and sugar. It’s also a great way to consume extremely ripe pineapple– it’s sweeter, so the drink is even more delicious! Plus, you are reducing food waste. A win/win! I hope you love this Costa Rican fresco de piña as much as we do!

Related Recipes You’ll Love:

The Costa Rican fresh fruit juices don’t stop here! If you enjoyed this homemade pineapple juice, be sure to check out these other fresco recipes: 

Fresh pineapple juice with a purple striped straw and a whole pineapple fruit in the background.

Substitutions

About three cups of store-bought frozen pineapple cubes (or enough to fill 1/3 of your blender) can be substituted in place of fresh pineapple. 

Stevia, maple syrup, honey, and brown sugar can also be swapped in for cane sugar.

Variations

There are so many types of fun pineapple drinks with alcohol. My favorite is to combine 1/2 cup of pineapple juice with 1/2 cup of mango juice and your favorite coconut liqueur for a single serving of tropical punch.

You can make a mocktail, too! Mix 1/3 cup of your pineapple juice, 1/3 cup of orange juice, and 1/3 cup of Sprite in a tall glass and serve.

Serving Suggestions

Once your pineapple fresco has chilled for about an hour, pour the juice into a glass, pop in some ice cubes, and enjoy! (You can always garnish with pineapple wedges on the rim of the glass if you’re feeling extra fancy!)

FAQ

  1. What are the nutritional benefits of pineapples? – Pineapples are nutrient powerhouses! They are packed with Vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. Plus, they are sodium and fat-free and have been known to aid in digestion. 
  2. Who should NOT drink pineapple juice? – Those suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease should refrain from drinking pineapple juice as it may upset their system. 

Fresh pineapple juice with a purple striped straw resting on a multicolored cloth.

Printable Recipe

Yield: 6 small glasses

Fresh Pineapple Juice Recipe

Pineapple fruit, glass of pineapple juice, and carafe placed on a striped cloth.

This 3-ingredient Costa Rican pineapple juice recipe is a quick, easy, and delicious treat for the whole family! Perfect for a hot afternoon (or whenever you like!) this homemade pineapple drink is a summer staple. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • One ripe pineapple, cored and diced.
  • 1 quart of water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • Blender (does not have to be high-powered)

Instructions

  1. Slice and core your pineapple so that you have 1/2-inch cubes.
  2. Place pineapple chunks, sugar, and water into your blender and blend until smooth. You could also use a food processor here if you prefer. 
  3. Strain the resulting liquid through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher, pushing the pineapple pulp through with a spoon.
  4. Once you can no longer get any more pineapple pulp through, pour the remaining two cups of water over it, and continue mashing the pulp through the sieve until only the pineapple fibers remain.
  5. Discard the pineapple remnants and check the juice for taste, adding additional sugar and water if desired.
  6. Chill the pineapple juice about an hour before serving and enjoy!

Notes

Depending on how ripe your pineapple is, you may not even need sugar!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 30Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 0g

Please double-check this information with your favorite nutrition calculator.

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    Noelle
    August 3, 2020 at 10:10 am

    This was amazing! Such a refreshing drink idea, making again this weekend