Fresh apple juice is a delicious sweet drink that can easily be made at home. The best apples for fresh juice are ones that are ripe and in season. A combination of a variety of apples can provide a broader flavor profile to the juice. Apple juice also has a sweet, though not overpowering flavor, that makes it a great base for mixed fruit and vegetable drinks. All apple varieties can be used for juicing, but there are a number of varieties that produce exceptional juice. The best apple juice often comes from a blend of sharp and sweet apples.
To make a sweet juice without adding any additional sugar, use McIntosh or Red Delicious apples. They are both very sweet and typically very juicy. Gala, Fuji and Rome apples are also great for making a sweet apple juice, as well as the Honeycrisp and Pink Lady. By using a combination of the above-mentioned apples, you can create a full-bodied, naturally sweet apple juice. The Fuji and Gala have more flavor when juiced, while the others offer a more subtle taste.
While all apples have a unique flavor, the Calville Blanc, the Queen Cox and the Spitzenburg offer an exceptional tasting juice. The Calville Blanc is a French variety with a spicy, tangy flavor. Queen Cox apples make a fresh, sweet juice. The Spitzenburg is a classic-flavored American heirloom, said to be a favorite of Thomas Jefferson. All three offer exceptional flavor quality.
Granny Smith apples are great for making a sweet, yet tart juice. The Braeburn offers a crisp, woody flavored juice, though it can be a bit bland in comparison to other varieties. The Jonathan apple also provides a tart flavor, though it can be a bit astringent for some tastes.
A fully ripe apple will yield more juice than one that is not. A ripe apple is firm and crisp. Generally, the Honeycrisp is a very juicy apple variety. The Stayman is a juicy apple with a tart wine-like flavor. The Empire apple is aromatic and crisp with a juicy flesh as well. Every variety of apple will be at its best, juiciest point when ripe.