Fresh Starts

Strapped for cash, struggling to make ends meet as the year winds down, the time had come to sacrifice some of my extraneous toys. I finally bid adieu to an old friend, and sold my juicer. The behemoth had flown with me from Connecticut to California made the drive from Oakland to Austin, surviving both treacherous journeys without so much as a scratch. Don’t get me wrong; I loved the masticating monster. It just never found a stable place in my daily routine. Peering out from the cabinet periodically, it would catch my eye as the light glinted off its stainless steel facade, only to return to the darkness untouched.

It deserved better. A machine should be used, not just stored. Helping to kick-start a neighbor’s newfound fervor for juicing, it’s a relief to see the old gal find a loving new home, as hard as it is to let go. Before that fateful day, we gave it one last whirl, squeezing the last drops of joy from our time together.

Releasing a golden wave of liquid sunshine into my glass, tropical notes of pineapple spiked with the bright acidity of fresh lemon flowed freely in this last hurrah. Naturally sweet without any sugar, the blend was tart, tangy, bright and bold. It glistened with vitality, fresh and invigorating. That would be enough for a morning wake up call, but to celebrate the occasion, a splash of sparkling white wine felt like an appropriate final touch.

As I raise this glass, to friendship and new beginnings, my heart swells with hope for the future. May 2021 be better for all of us.


Yield: Makes About 6 Cups

Sparkling Pineapple Punch

Sparkling Pineapple Punch

Naturally sweet without any sugar, this sunny blend is tart, tangy, bright, and bold. Adding a splash of sparkling white wine makes it a downright celebratory sipper.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 Medium (About 3 Pounds) Pineapple, Peeled, Cored, and Cut into Chunks
  • 2 Meyer Lemons, Thoroughly Scrubbed, Seeded, and Quartered
  • 1 Fuji Apple, Quartered and Cored
  • 3 Cups (1 750ml Bottle) Sparkling White Wine or Champagne


  1. Prep all the fruits and run them through the juicer. Chill or use right away. Top off with sparkling wine or champagne and serve!


If you don't have a juicer, you can combine 3 cups pineapple juice, 1/3 cup lemon juice, and 1/3 cup apple juice for similar results. Just make sure there's no sugar added and always as fresh as possible.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 109Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 0g

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7 thoughts on “Fresh Starts

  1. What a delicous punch:)Sorry that you had bid goodbye to your juicer, but it will surely be appreciated in its new home.
    Happy New Year Hannah.

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