It probably won’t surprise you to find out that I can be oddly stubborn about seemingly inconsequential matters. Such was the case with juicing lemons and limes. For whatever reason, I was extremely resistant to buying any sort of juicing device. After all, I have hands and a fork, so buying yet another kitchen implement seemed extravagant. (I may be dramatic, but I am not extravagant.)
Further support for my stubbornness came from the fact that I had used citrus reamers before, and was not that impressed. (I may be very weak, but it seems like they require a weird amount of wrist strength.) But then two things came to my attention: I started to notice that I was avoiding making cocktails with citrus (a tragedy), simply because I was too lazy to juice, and I also noticed that all my bartender friends were using elbow juicers at home.
Then I found one for seven small dollars at the grocery store, and I knew it was time to take the plunge. Not to sound like an advertisement, but this thing has changed my life. All you have to do is cut a citrus fruit in half, place it in the juicer, and squeeze. You don’t even have to squeeze that hard. The juice flows, the seeds stay behind, and your hands and wrists feel free (and clean), all for under $15.
You can buy one online, in a restaurant supply store and at some grocery stores, which is something you should do if you make a lot of cocktails, or simply use a lot of fresh lemon and limes.