Pati’s Bitter Orange Juice Substitute

Pati’s Bitter Orange Juice Substitute

Substituto de Naranja Agria de Pati
2 cups
Pati Jinich
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: bitter orange juice, pati's mexican table, Yucatán Peninsula
Author:Pati Jinich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 11 minutes
Pati’s Bitter Orange Juice Substitute recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 5, Episode 1 "Chachi’s Champotón Kitchen"


  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar

To Prepare

  • In a bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. If not using all of the mixture, cover tightly and refrigerate (it will keep for up to two weeks).

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  1. I’ve been searching for an authentic bitter orange juice substitute for Cuban dishes. I want to make pan sauces with the juices from cooking and I heard on other blogs and sites, that the vinegar will not be good for gravy or pan sauces.

    1. Hello there, I use this substitute mostly for Yucatecan recipes with achiote paste or for pickling onions, so no gravy involved. You may be right, maybe leave the vinegar out if you are using it for pan sauces 😉

  2. Make a double batch and they were so good. I ate them with everything. Had to make more they are so good. Thank you for sharing such a great recipe. My husband and I love Mexican food and follow all your TV shows, We enjoy how you show us your beautiful MEXICAN country. All your recipe are so very delicious. You are a great cook and a wonderful person.

  3. As per my doctor: amount of grapefruit is NOT significant enough to interfere with statin medication. For example, my medication, Lipitor!

  4. En mi rincón de México, le llamamos naranja cucha, mis papás tuvieron un árbol de ellas por muchos años.

  5. Chris, I also take a medicine that is not compatible with grapefruit – Lipitor. If you are on a similar statin, talk to your doctor about switching to another statin drug like Crestor which is compatible with grapefruit. That is what I am going to do.

  6. Hi Pati, I love the combination of the three juices but am still curious about the flavor of the true bitter orange…. do happen to know the name of the variety? Is it the Seville orange?

  7. Hi Patti, I take medicine that grapefruit juice will interfere with, can something else be used in place of the grapefruit juice in this bitter orange substitute recipe? I realize I am asking to replace something that has already been used as a substitute, but it is a dilemma for me. Grasias

    1. The real bitter orange contains the same enzyme that causes the drug interaction with grapefruit. That is probably why it works as a substitute. There are a lot of articles about the safety of bitter orange but few mention it from a food ingredient standpoint. I wish I knew more. Seville oranges are the orange in orange marmmelade and it is also known a bergamot, the flavoring in Earl Gray tea.

      1. This is great information Jeff! I will be careful about those foods until my doctor switches me to a different statin prescription.