There’s been a shift in the grapefruit juice world that I wasn’t aware of until this taste test. For a long time, white grapefruit juice was the default grapefruit juice. Pink grapefruit juice—which is sweeter and less bitter than the white kind—was something different altogether and came in bottles specifically labeled “Ruby Red.” When we ordered grapefruit juice from local grocery stores for this taste test, I was pretty pleased to discover that, nowadays, “grapefruit juice” largely means “pink grapefruit juice.” Sorry not sorry, white grapefruit!
Suffice it to say, this taste test ended up being even more delicious than I thought it would be. The Sporked team tried more than a dozen popular brands to find the most delicious and freshest tasting grapefruit juice for people who want something a little more nuanced than OJ to sip in the morning. These were our five favorites.
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- Evolution Fresh Organic Grapefruit Juice
Evolution’s juices are pricey (as anything “cold-pressed” tends to be), but they’re consistently delicious. They’re super natural and tend to separate, but don’t be turned off by it. The second you twist the lid off this bottle, you can smell the freshness here. And the taste lives up to the smell. Literally the only thing I romanticize about once being a homeowner in Florida is that I had an extremely prolific pink grapefruit tree in my front yard. Evolution came closer than any other brand to bottling that fresh-from-the-Florida-front-yard flavor.
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- Trader Joe’s Grapefruit Juice
Trader Joe’s makes an excellent grapefruit juice. It’s the color of the L.A. sky at sunset and it’s among the sweeter juices we tried in the taste test. It’s not gross sweet by any means, but it has enough of a sugary burst to really temper the natural bitterness of grapefruit. If you’re having grapefruit juice alongside breakfast and don’t want something that’s going to burn out your taste buds, give this a shot. There’s still bitterness in this bottle, but not enough to ruin whatever you’re having it with.
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- Simply Grapefruit
I’ve always thought of Simply as a good brand, but my adoration grows with every juice taste test we do. For being a grocery store behemoth, Simply really manages to make juice that tastes farm fresh. A real feat! In this bottle I tasted hints of rind, so it kind of mimicked the experience of eating a halved grapefruit right out of its peel with one of those little serrated spoons. Anytime you can compare a juice to the experience of eating a piece of fresh, whole fruit, you know they’re doing something right.
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- Tropicana Red Grapefruit
I live in an apartment and don’t entertain much. I’m pretty sure if I did entertain more often, I would serve big bowls of punch, because every time we do a juice taste test, I wind up saying, “This would be great for punch!” In my fantasy life as a party host, I’m making a lot of punch. Sue me! Anyway, this red grapefruit juice from perennial citrus juice purveyor Tropicana is delicious on its own, but it has a flavor that would mesh well with other fruit juices rather than overpowering them. Mix this with pineapple juice and maybe some champagne and a bit of vodka and you’re in biz.
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- Uncle Matt’s Grapefruit Juice
I’m genuinely not sure whether or not grapefruit juice goes with coconut rum, but that was the cocktail idea I got when I took a sip of this guy. Uncle Matt’s grapefruit juice is super crisp and refreshing, but its sweetness is tempered enough that you get the sense it would be good mixed with a sweeter booze. If coconut rum is too out there, maybe give a flavored vodka a shot. Uncle Matt just kind of sounds like a dude who loves to mix you drinks at family functions, so let’s just go with it, okay?
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Best of the Best
Best Fresh Flavor
Best for Punch
Best with Booze
Other products we tried: Florida’s Natural 100% Premium Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice, 365 Whole Foods Market Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice, Kroger Pulp Free Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice, RW Knudsen Organic Just Grapefruit Juice, Lakewood Grapefruit Juice, Izze Sparkling Grapefruit Juice, Fever Tree Sparkling Pink Grapefruit
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Love the Evolution grapefruit juice – definitely a go-to. If anyone is ever in TX, the H-E-B fresh-pressed juice made in-house is my absolute favorite.
My favorite grapefruit juice which my sister and I drink regularly is Ocean Spray Ruby Red. I’m actually shocked none of the Ocean Sprays made it to the main/alt list.