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two glasses of homemade cranberry juice with oranges and fresh cranberries in the background

Homemade Cranberry Juice

Homemade cranberry juice is tart, flavorful, satisfying, nutritious... and requires only 4 ingredients. Here's how to make it easily with a blender or on the stove-top!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 3 kcal
Author Andrea Sabean

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cranberries fresh or frozen
  • 2 cups pure water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice or orange juice (optional)
  • 1 drizzle raw honey or maple syrup, stevia, or other favorite sweetener, to taste (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place cranberries and water in a blender and blend on high for 2 minutes.
  2. Check to see if there are any solid cranberry pieces left, and if there are, blend again until they disappear.
  3. Strain through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth.
  4. Stir in lemon or orange juice and sweetener, if desired. I prefer mine unsweetened, but it might be too tangy for some.
  5. The juice keeps in the fridge for a few days.
  6. If you have a high speed blender, and don’t mind pulp in your juice, consider skipping the straining step and get the benefits of the whole cranberry!

Recipe Notes

Stove-Top Method

  1. Place cranberries and water in a pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Turn the heat down and allow the cranberries to simmer for about 20 minutes. The berries should pop open, and the water will turn a bright red.
  3. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve.
  4. Add sweetener to taste. I drink mine completely unsweetened, but most find it too tart. Freshly-squeezed lemon or orange juice also helps to brighten the flavor of your cranberry juice.
  5. Although the strained cranberry “pulp” in this recipe has lost much of its nutrients and flavor into the water, I can’t bear to throw it away. Instead, I use it to add a little extra moisture and flavor to muffins or breads.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Cranberry Juice
Amount Per Serving (0.5 Cup)
Calories 3 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 5mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 4IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 1mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.