Food trends come and go with the flip of a calendar, but at one point the biggest food trend of them all wasn’t even food — it was juice. Despite its inconsistency in mainstream food culture, juicing is still all the rage in the Magic City, with both longstanding and newfangled juice bars proving that their feel-good, cure-all refreshments remain a hot commodity no matter the season. From Green Garden Organics, South Florida's oldest wheatgrass grower, to the über-trendy cold-pressed juice chain Jugofresh, these passionate local purveyors squeeze out
Different techniques are used to create such nutrient-rich fruit and vegetable blends. Some employ the traditional centrifugal extraction
Photo by Aran S Graham
10. Miami Juice
A Sunny Isles Beach staple for premium-quality juices and freshly made fare, Miami Juice (18660 Collins Ave.) even has a healthy food emporium chock full of wholesome produce and other necessities. Flush out your system and start fresh with seasonal vegetable or fruit juices that start at $4.95 for a small cup to $20.95 for a half-gallon. Quench your thirst with a piña colada — the nonalcoholic, healthful kind — that uses pineapple juice, organic coconut milk, and honey. Fresh grapefruit, organic apple, or papaya juice also works wonders.
Photo by Maureen Aimee Mariano
9. Gables Juice Bar
Located at 230 Almeria Ave., this Coral Gables mainstay offers an eclectic, no-frills atmosphere with a focus on what matters most: the juice. The result is flawless, made-to-order juices and smoothies packed with bold flavors. Take, for example, a delightful twist to your classic lemonade that’s turned up a notch with fresh ginger, apples, and lemons. Veggie and fruit juices cost $6.75 for 16 ounces or make it jumbo for $7. Either way, your complexion, metabolism, and immune system will thank you.
Courtesy of Raw South Juice
8. Raw South Juice
In the far reaches of downtown Dadeland, Raw South Juice (9804 SW 77th Ave.) fuels South Miami with organic juices, smoothies, açaí bowls, and other nutritional selections that are as heart-healthy as they are picture-worthy. A cup of I Am Raw South is just what the doctor ordered for an energizing morning treat featuring spinach, kale, dandelion, celery, lemon, green apple, ginger, and cucumber, while Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot! adds a little Miami spice to your day with its blend of apple, pineapple, cucumber, and jalapeño. All juices cost $9 for 20 ounces.
Courtesy of Miami Squeeze
7. Miami Squeeze
A nondescript gem known to North Miami Beach's top insiders, this breezy roadside bungalow, located at 18315 W. Dixie Hwy., brims with hearty and healthy options, from pre- or postworkout juices like the Fat Burner, which uses pineapple, celery, mint, and grapefruit, to soothing remedies like the Flu Shot ($4.95), a dose of ginger, lemon, and honey. Prices range from $5.95 for 16 ounces to $24.95 for a half-gallon. Pair your liquid goods with scrumptious Mediterranean, Asian, and pan-American eats for a complete meal outdoors.
Courtesy of the Juicery Bar
6. The Juicery Bar
For the past six years, this cheerful juice joint on Brickell Key serves made-to-order juices and smoothies using the freshest, unpasteurized ingredients and bottles them only by customer request. At the helm is certified holistic health coach Mariela Maldonado-Keen, who says that to the rest of the world, juicing has become a fad, but at the Juicery Bar, it’s a lifestyle. Cure your hangover with the After Party, made with tomato, kale, cucumber, celery, lemon, and cayenne, or splurge on a nonguilty supercharged treat like Yogurt Bliss, made with spirulina, pineapple, Greek yogurt, apple, and banana. Juices cost $6 to $8.
Courtesy of Juice & Java
5. Juice & Java
Juice & Java opened in South Beach at 1346 Washington Ave. in 2002. Since then, it has expanded to a location in Aventura (20335 Biscayne Blvd.) as well as a quick-service station inside Aventura Mall — and for good reason. The
Courtesy of Ten Fruits
4. Ten Fruits
If you’re considering a juice cleanse, all roads lead to Ten Fruits Miami at 143 NE Third Ave. Downtown’s healthful hot spot is a great option for those taking the plunge — it offers daily cleanse programs for $50. Tasty single-serving bottles are perfect for those less willing to give up their solids. Elect the Prom Queen ($7.50) for a mix of peach, strawberry, and banana blended with coconut water and agave, or indulge in the Amazon Refresher ($8.50), made with organic açaí, pineapple, and banana blended with Florida oranges. Feeling a little under the weather? Ten Fruit’s Juice Pharmacy — offering liquid fixes such as Doctor C and Cold Killer ($7 each) — has you covered. Skip the trip to CVS.
Courtesy of Under the Mango Tree
3. Under the Mango Tree
Nestled off Euclid Avenue and Sixth Street in Miami Beach, Under the Mango Tree (714 6th St.) has found its niche selling organic made-to-order juices, smoothies, açaí bowls, coffee, and a plethora of other healthful items to South Beach denizens craving a healthy pick-me-up in a down-to-earth setting. If you don’t feel the warm, positive vibes as soon as you enter, order the Happy Buddha ($6.95), made with beets, carrots, and oranges, which makes you feel exactly that — happy. Organic juice cleanses for beginners, athletes, and experienced customers are also available starting at $50 a day.
Photo by Gabriella Canal
2. Green Garden Organics
A health-food lover’s haven, Green Garden Organics (4750 Jefferson St., Miami) has been ahead of the "go-organic" curve. Husband and wife Louis and Kim Duncanson have been growing organic wheatgrass for more than 30
Courtesy of Jugofresh
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) - please keep an eye on your mailbox, we're movin' in!
Summer will be here in the blink of an eye, and thanks to the trendiest juice bar Miamians have ever seen, Operation Beach Bod is more feasible with "Jugospots" spread throughout the 305. Boasting locations from the Wynwood Walls and Sunset Harbour to multiple Whole Foods Markets, the Miami-based chain serves organic cold-pressed juices and smoothies with names like "Vamos Green" and "Sexy Beetch," in addition to vegan comidas and refreshing açaí bowls. Juices cost $7 to $13.
Follow Maureen on Twitter.