Perhaps the aspect of Fantabulon of which I’m proudest is the cocktail program. From aviations to zombies, there’s been a wide range of classic, contemporary, and even original cocktails served at Fantabulon. One thing that many of the most beloved drinks have in common is that they contain citrus juices.
Enter the Jupiter commercial juice press. While for low volume use something like the Innovee lemon squeezer can and does suffice, an event like Fantabulon requires a lot of juice—typically between one to two 750 mL bottles of lemon, lime, and orange juices, and up to one 750 mL bottle of grapefruit juice. (I use clear wine bottles because they let me use free flow pourers, which minimize drips and spills and can even allow me to measure by counting.) The Jupiter juice press allows me to pre-squeeze, strain (excessive pulp can turn the juices slightly bitter and make glassware harder to clean), and bottle all of those juices in a reasonable amount of time.
Because it’s a sturdy, fully manual mechanical device, I don’t have to worry about it breaking when I need it most. My complaints with it are minor relative to the convenience and efficiency it provides. Yes, even with its long arm, it requires a bit of force to use (especially for larger fruits like grapefruit where you often can’t bring the arm down fully). I’ve noticed I have to place my non-dominant hand on the top of the juicer to brace it and prevent it from tipping over, which has occasionally led to grease marks on the side of that hand from the rod that holds the pressing unit in place. I suspect that’s mostly user error, and when I’m careful to place my hand further back, it doesn’t happen. It would be nice if I could fit a 4 cup measuring cup under the juicer, but 2 cups is about all it can accommodate. The enamel finish cleans up easily, which is good because there are occasional splashes of juice. At about 15½” high, it easily fits under my cabinets, although the 28½” maximum height when the arm is fully upright is probably too tall for most people to use without having to pull the juicer forward.
Compared to a manual juicer where you have to rotate the citrus over a reamer, the Jupiter commercial juicer clogs with pulp less frequently than the plastic version and keeps seeds out of the juice better than the classic glass juicer. I’ve avoided electric juicers in the past over concerns about reliability and noise, and I can’t imagine they’re significantly easier to use than the Jupiter or similarly designed juice presses. Perhaps they could conceivably extract more juice but probably at the expense of introducing more pulp.
Yes, the Jupiter juice press is big and expensive, and it only does one thing. It’s not perfect, but without it, slinging all the drinks at Fantabulon would suddenly be much harder, so I’m not only glad I bought it, but I recommend it to anyone who needs to quickly produce a large volume of citrus juice.