Soursop juice recipe with lime (With and without milk)

27.3.24 | Recipe by Renz

Looking for a refreshing thirst quencher? Then this Soursop juice is definitely for you. This tangy drink is just what you need with these rising temperatures. It's also packed with amazing health benefits. Learn how to make this refreshing and healthy soursop juice.

Jug and glass of soursop drink with soursop.

With the levels of heat we are experiencing refreshing drinks are what we need.

So what's needed is liquids and liquids and more liquids.

So that's why today I'm sharing with you one of the most refreshing drinks you could ever have.

This soursop juice recipe will quench all the thirst.

It's a slightly tart but refreshing drink and full of healthy benefits.

And make sure to check out some other great drinks with health benefits like seamoss punch, carrot punch and peanut punch. 


What is a soursop?

Popularly known as soursop, it's also known as Graviola, guyabano/guanabana, thorny custard apple, sasalapa, or Brazilian paw in some regions. This is a delicious tropical fruit that is native to the Caribbean, Central America, Latin America, and South America.

This large, heart-shaped fruit with prickly green skin is famous for its sweet and tangy flavor. The inside has a fleshy "meat" that is cream in color. There are some large black seeds on the inside. The seeds are poisonous and should not be consumed.

It's called soursop because it has a sour or more so acidic taste. Normally, we just eat it by cutting it open and spooning the white pulp inside into our mouths. But we also use it to make juice (with or without milk), smoothies, soursop ice cream, and even candy.

The leaves of the tree are also used to make soursop tea. Allegedly, soursop leaves help the body to self-heal from various ailments.

Soursop fruit juice benefits

Is soursop juice good for you? Yes, it is. It is not only delicious but also packs a powerful punch when it comes to its health benefits. It is a rich source of vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, and vitamin B3, and is also known for its high fiber content.

One significant advantage of soursop juice is its high content of vitamin C. This essential nutrient plays a crucial role in boosting immunity, protecting the body against various ailments, and preventing chronic illnesses. Vitamin C also helps to stimulate white blood cell production. Regular consumption of soursop juice can provide added protection against common illnesses like the flu and colds.

Soursop juice is loaded with antioxidants, which can aid in neutralizing harmful free radicals in the body. These antioxidants help reduce oxidative stress and inflammation, contributing to overall improved health.

Another benefit is its natural cleansing properties for the gastrointestinal tract. It can help regulate digestion and promote a healthy gut, alleviating issues such as constipation and bloating.

This tropical fruit's amazing health benefits have made it a favorite ingredient in traditional medicine across the Caribbean and Amazon regions. From the juicy pulp to the black seeds, soursop offers a delightful taste and a range of potential health benefits.

Soursop juice is not only a delicious and refreshing beverage, but it also offers numerous health benefits. Soursop is rich in vitamin C, making it a great source to boost your immune system. Additionally, it contains vitamins B1, B2, and B3, essential for maintaining good digestive health and overall well-being. This tropical fruit is also known for its potential anti-cancer properties, as it may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

Picture of a soursop fruit on a brown basket.

What Does Soursop Taste Like?

The soursop fruit offers a unique and delightful taste. When you bite into a ripe soursop, you'll experience a combination of flavors reminiscent of apple, pineapple, and banana, with a subtle sour note. It's this enchanting blend that makes Soursop a favorite among fruit enthusiasts.

What sets it apart is not just its taste, but also its texture. The fruit has an incredibly creamy texture and has a satisfyingly sweet flavor. Its smooth consistency adds to the overall enjoyment of eating soursop, making it a treat for your taste buds.

The versatility of soursop extends beyond its taste profile. This tropical fruit pairs exceptionally well with other flavors, making it an excellent ingredient in various recipes. Soursop forms a perfect partnership with different fruits like mango, pineapple, avocado, papaya, and banana.

So, whether you're enjoying soursop on its own or incorporating it into a dessert or beverage, you can expect a unique combination of flavors with a sour note. Its creamy and sweet texture complements a wide range of flavors, bringing a tropical twist to your favorite recipes.

Soursop juice ingredients notes

To make refreshing soursop juice, you will need a few key ingredients.

  • Soursop - the star of the show. Check out the section on how to pick the best soursop to use.
  • Lime/lemon juice - to provide a refreshing burst of flavor.

For milk version:

  • Sweetened condensed milk for added creaminess and sweetness.

See the recipe card for the full ingredients list and quantities.

How to make soursop drink

How your final drink comes out is up to you. For a classic soursop juice recipe, condensed milk is the perfect addition to achieve a creamy flavor. However, if you prefer a dairy-free option, opt for granulated sugar or your favorite sweetener of choice. Here I will show you how to make the drink plain and with soursop juice with milk.

To make soursop juice:

You will need the ripe soursop fruit that you already picked up.

Begin by cutting the soursop fruit in half and scooping out the flesh. Remove the black seeds and discard them.

Next, strain the mixture to remove any fibrous parts and seeds. This step is optional, but it will give your soursop juice a smoother and more refined texture. Once strained, you can add additional water to adjust the thickness of the juice to your liking.

If you prefer a tangy twist, squeeze some lime juice into the mixture and stir well. Lime juice adds a refreshing kick and complements the natural flavors of soursop perfectly.

Now it’s time to sweeten your soursop juice according to your preference. If using granulated sugar or other sweeteners, add them gradually, tasting as you go, until you achieve the desired level of sweetness.

Process shots of making soursop drink.

To make soursop punch:

Now if you want to go further and make this a creamy drink.

If using condensed milk, add the desired amount and blend again. I do not use lime when making this with milk.

You can also use milk and use a sweetener of your choice.

Finally, pour your freshly made soursop juice into a glass filled with ice cubes and garnish with a slice of lime or a sprig of mint for an extra touch of freshness.

Sip and savor the tropical paradise in every sip.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you freeze soursop?

Soursop can easily be frozen to be used later. You have two options on how to freeze it.

Option 1: Peel the fruit, take out the seeds and the spongey middle, and freeze the flesh. You can leave it as one whole piece or cut it up into smaller pieces. It doesn't matter. This is good when you are not sure what you want to do with it yet.

If you want to make ice cream later down this is the best option.

Option 2: You can freeze it as juice. The same process to make this juice. Peel and discard seeds and center. Add water to it and strain/squeeze out all the liquid. Then freeze the juice.

You can easily freeze the juice in trays and then drop them into a bigger freezer bag later. When you are ready to use it, take it out of the freezer and bring to room temperature.

A glass of soursop drink with a red straw and a cherry garnish.

How to choose the perfect soursop

To make this be the best juice it is crucial to choose the best soursop.

First, you will need to find somewhere that sells fresh soursop. I find soursops at my local stores. When they are in season you can especially find them selling in communities with large Caribbean or Latin American populations. So check your local Sedanos, Bravos, and Presidentes, and you can even find them at farmer's markets and Asian markets.

Make sure to examine it well before you choose. The worst thing is to get home after buying a 'sop and you open it and it's all rotten on the inside. Here are a few tips to help you select the best soursop for your juice.

  • Firstly, look for a ripe soursop fruit. A ripe soursop will have a slightly soft flesh when pressed gently, similar to a ripe avocado. The skin should be green and slightly yellow, indicating it is mature.
  • Avoid fruits with brown spots, bruises, or holes, as these may indicate overripeness or spoilage. Soursops are easily prone to bacteria. If there are any breaks in the soursop skin it can result in the fruit getting rotten. So make sure no breaks are in the skin at all. Make sure that the smell of it isn't sour. If you think it might be just put that one down. Look for flies too. That's a sure sign that there is a break somewhere and they are getting to the inside flesh of the fruit.
  • Also, consider the size and weight of the fruit. Soursop fruits can vary in size, but a heavier fruit generally indicates that it is juicier and more flavorful.

A glass of soursop drink with cherries on top.

If you happen to see a green soursop and want to leave save it to ripen you can. Just do the brown bag trick where you place the fruit in a brown paper bag (or wrapped in gazette paper) place it in a cool area and let it ripen quickly for itself.

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