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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Trader Joe's Organic Juice Shots

Okay, I'll admit it. I'm completely ignorant about the answer to the following question: What is the point of Trader Joe's Organic Juice Shots?

Up until sitting down to write this review, I was working under the assumption that these new dinky drinkies were some sort of natural energy boost type deal. In that regard, they fail miserably.

Digestive aid? Maybe. My stomach hates me enough and has enough issues that one or two of these won't sway it either way.

Anti-inflammatory? Maybe. I'm in my mid-thirties so my body is still sorting out what it's doing in that regard as well.

One objective they do miserably fail at, at least for my lovely bride and me: being a cool, refreshing, fun little beverage that nwill make me ever want to drop $1.99 each on them ever again. No thank you. No.

TJ's has these in two varieties, of which I've had a swig or two of both: No Joke Ginger and Mighty Turmeric. Let's take them one at a time.

No Joke Ginger: Ugh, these stuff is harsh.  No other word for it. This flavor was the one Sandy was more willing to small sip and she nearly spat it out all over the inside of our minivan's windshield. I tried and could see why. It's pungently gingery - so strong, so harsh and when mixed with lemon juice and coconut water in the proportions it's in - ugh. Not good. This coming from a guy who loves ginger kombuchas too, so I thought I could take it. Nope. Awful. The cayenne doesn't make it any better either. I somehow gulped mine down. 

Mighty Turmeric: Better than the ginger but still not great. Everything seemed a little more well balanced, with a bit of warming glow from the turmeric that was enhanced by a little black pepper. Still, this was not something I can truly say that I enjoyed drinking. It just didn't really taste all that great. I'm kinda glad it was such a small bottle.

These two new juices are something I'm willing to be wrong about. And hey, if they work for you, and have some benefit for you that you value, I'm not gonna disparage that one bit. I'm just gonna say, it's not for us and you go ahead and enjoy. If we're not buying them again, that means more for you, right? Feel free to leave a comment or two with your take on these, especially if you like 'em. There's just no love from us. Double thumbs down.

Bottom line: Trader Joe's Organic Juice Shots: 1 out of 10 Golden Spoons


  1. Trending! I’m thinking the turmeric is supposed to be anti inflammatory and the ginger to aid digestion?

  2. Spent like $8 bucks on one of these at a Whole Foods juice bar last year!

  3. They are not supposed to necessarily taste good. They are mostly to help with inflammation, digestion, etc. But what does taste good is Trader Joe's new chocolate is delicious!!!

  4. These drinks are not meant to hang out out in your mouth, you're supposed to down them as quickly as possible, like juiced wheat grass. You take a shot for the health benefits.

  5. I think it might be ideal for colds to help out with relief

  6. I use the ginger version to flavor my home brewed Kombucha, and it's great for that, quite delicious. I add .25 oz of this juice blend with .5 tsp of sugar to each 16 oz bottle of Kombucha for the 2nd ferment. because you noted this is not sweet at all. Plan to give the tumeric version as try as

  7. the difference between this and a fresh juice bar is that a fresh juice bar isn't using coconut water. have you looked at piece of ginger? Not a lot of juice in there, takes quite a bit to get 2 oz of liquid! People generally use this kind of shot to avoid colds.

  8. I like them. And, compared to similar shots, they are actually tasty - though the point isn't to have a tasty fruit drink, or even to be an energy shot. Both turmeric and ginger have (according to some people, including non-expert but user me) health benefits (and the black pepper is in the turmeric shot for a reason). Yes, obviously not for you, but I think you're grading them on the wrong scale, in this case.

  9. This is the second article I have read that makes me think you just are not the right customer for some Trader Joe's products. People do no drink these to enjoy them but to get a benefit, too bad you can understand that. You're a little to basic in your likes stick to Coke and Fries.

  10. The shots are not meant to be refreshing. They're more medicinal, like a health tonic. They reduce inflammation and wart off illness, or help recovery from strenuous workouts, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, the flu, and more. They are extremely beneficial to the health of the digestive system. They may not taste good but they are a disease preventative. Ideally someone drinks them on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Ideally they are followed by raw and cold pressed organic juice.

    1. Thank you!!! You can make your own which I do sometimes. But when you’re in a hurry and on the go we’re going on vacation they’re perfect !!!

  11. The shots are not juice drinks and aren't meant to be savored like fine wine. Down it quickly for the natural health benefits and go on with the rest of your day.

  12. I added to lemonade, perfect your welcome!

  13. I think they sound rather tasty, myself, but like everybody and their brother-in-law’s dog walker who commented about this item has already stated, they are not something one consumes for enjoyment. People take them as a heath regimen for the benefits. These “juices” are not really a beverage. They are not a treat. They are not drinking juices that you sit and sip. They are a SUPPLEMENT.


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