Many commercially-available cranberry juices are sweetened with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup and combined with other juices such as apple or grape. Pure cranberry juice is available, but can be very expensive. The good news? It's so easy to make your own cranberry juice -- without any fancy equipment!

Homemade Cranberry Juice: Stovetop Version

It’s so easy to make your own cranberry juice — without any fancy equipment! I currently use my high-speed blender for the job, but for years I used simply a pot on the stove or my regular blender.

Course Drinks
Author Andrea Sabean


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


  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.