While putzing around in the kitchen the other day, I realized that I didn’t have a citrus juicer or reamer. Normally this doesn’t pose much of an issue, but I was experimenting with a blood orange cocktail and needed a good amount of juice: Squeezing with my hands just wasn’t going to work. So I went through my drawers and discovered an unexpected genius juicer: a handheld ricer. Specifically, my inexpensive IKEA Idealisk potato press. Simply slice the oranges (or lemons, limes, etc.) in half, place them cut-side down in the press, and squeeze down. Voilà, easy juicing.
And should you want to make that blood orange cocktail (which you most certainly do):
Blood Orange Delight
Serves 2 (or 1 if you’re having a hard day)
1/2 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice
3 ounces Solerno blood orange liqueur
1 ounce Cointreau
4 dashes Angostura bitters
Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake until cold, then strain into a rocks glass with a single large ice cube.