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How To Make Cranberry Juice Recipe

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Discover the refreshing taste of homemade Cranberry Juice with this easy recipe done in seconds. Enjoy the natural flavors and make cranberry juice home for a delightful, homemade twist on a classic drink. This fresh cranberry juice recipe gives you that lovely tart essence from fresh or frozen cranberries right in your kitchen.

Cranberry juice with fresh cranberries.
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Every time the season comes, I buy whatever amount I can manage, and in a week, I make all of the following recipes to store for the whole year. 

Because of the goodness of cranberries, I have them frozen and powdered as fruit leathercraisins, and pure drink, so I do not have a single day throughout the year left without them. 

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It is perfect for a summer party, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, and Christmas Eve celebration. Serve it as a classic companion to the rich flavors of roast turkey or chicken, especially during holiday feasts, together with cranberry sauce.

Why You Will Love Cranberry Juice

  • Pure cranberry flavor – there is nothing like the pure taste of cranberries. Homemade cranberry juice satisfies you with that distinct tartness without any added artificial flavors.
  • Customizable sweetness – tired of overly sweet store-bought options? Homemade cranberry juice allows you to control the sweetness – add sweetness or keep it delightful tart.
  • Health boost in a glass – cranberries are known for their health benefits, and this juice is a delicious way to incorporate them into your diet. It’s a sip of hydration and well-being.

Using Cranberry Powder

I also have a recipe for easy homemade cranberry powder, which you can add. Use cranberry powder for various dishes to add tartness and sweetness, and make cranberry sauce or cranberry juice with it.

Using cranberry powder as an addition to make your juice is also a good option if you prefer a more concentrated flavor or if fresh cranberries are not readily available.

Drinking Cranberry Juice Benefits

  • Cranberry juice is relatively low in calories, making it a healthier beverage choice for those watching their caloric intake.
  • As with any fruit juice, cranberry juice contributes to overall hydration, especially for those who find it challenging to drink plain water.
  • Cranberry juice is a source of dietary fiber, which helps with digestion and helps maintain bowel regularity.
A cup of cranberry juice with cranberries in it.
A cup of cranberry juice with cranberries in it.

Can I Use Craisins For Making Cranberry Juice?

While craisins or dried cranberries can add flavor to various recipes, there might be better choices for making cranberry juice. Craisins are dried, and rehydrating them to make juice may not produce the same smooth texture as fresh or frozen cranberries.

Dried berries might break down slowly, but if you want to incorporate craisins into your drinks, consider making a cranberry-flavored infusion or tea. There is always a way as long as we are creative.

How To Make Homemade Fresh Cranberry Juice

Let us dive into the whole process of making this easy and refreshing drink with all the steps. Start making your fresh fruit juice at home, and you will realize everything is better when homemade.

Kitchen Gadgets Needed:

  • Magic Bullet or Blender

Ingredients Needed:

  • Fresh Cranberries
  • Water
  • Sweetener (optional)

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOMEMADE CRANBERRY JUICE RECIPE

First Step: Prepare Ingredients

The first thing to do is prepare your ingredients. Get your cranberries and water ready for blending.

For this recipe, it is okay not to pop or slice the cranberries as long as they are fresh and clean.

Using a juicer will not work here, as cranberries need more water. 

Ingredients for cranberry juice.
Ingredients for cranberry juice.

Second Step: Blend Cranberries

Add your cranberries into the blender, followed by 2 cups of water. The amount of water you put in depends on how strong you want your juice to be.

This is also where you can sweeten the juice if you would like. It is better to blend it with the cranberries so the flavor will also blend in perfectly.

Close the lid and blend the cranberries.

Two pictures of cranberries in a blender.
Cranberries in a blender.

Third Step: Check Your Blended Cranberries

It is essential to check if your cranberries are blended well. It should look like pink berry juice since the red cranberries are combined with water. If you see some bubbles on top of the mixture, let the juice sit for a few minutes, and the foam will settle.

A close up of a blended cranberries.
A close up of a blended cranberries.

Fourth Step: Strain The Juice

Strain the juice through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth if you have it.

Press the cranberries to extract all the liquid to maximize flavor and juice.

Please do not throw the pulps. They are great for making fruit leather.

How to make cranberry juice in a jug.
Cranberry juice in a jug.

Fifth Step: Serve

To add some extra beauty, serve your homemade cranberry juice, as you see on cocktails in fancy restaurants.

Set aside the strained cranberry juice and prepare the garnish. Moist the rim of the glass with lemon and dip it into a fruit powder of your choice, or best if you have cranberry powder at home.

You can also add skewered berries or cinnamon sticks. Drink the juice immediately or store it in the fridge for an alternative.

Making cranberry juice.
Making cranberry juice.

TIPS AND TRICKS ON HOW TO MAKE CRANBERRY JUICE AT HOME:

  • Ratio – a typical ratio is 1 cup of cranberries to 1 cup of water. Adjust the ratio for a more concentrated or milder flavor based on your taste preferences. Some add orange juice or apple juice, but I always prefer pure. 
  • Citrus – you can enhance the flavor of your juice by adding a zest of fresh orange or lemon juice. The citrusy taste pairs with the tartness of the cranberries.
  • Cheesecloth – In straining the juice, it is perfect to use a cheesecloth since it removes pulp and solids, leaving you with a smoother juice.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

What To Serve With Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice is an excellent party or Holiday drink complementing a wide range of dishes, from savory to sweet.

Enjoy a slice of creamy cheesecake alongside the refreshing tang of cranberry juice. Enhance your stuffed Hassleback chicken dish by pairing it with the fruity notes of cranberry juice.

Fresh salads become even more delightful with a few drops of cranberry juice. Add a burst of flavor to your yogurt by sipping on cranberry juice for a lovely contrast.

Whether it’s breakfast or dessert, cranberry juice complements pancakes or chaffles perfectly. Enjoy the warmth of cranberry mulled wine with friends and family for a cozy evening.

A glass of cranberry juice with a straw surrounded by cranberries.
A glass of cranberry juice.

Can I Use Fresh Or Frozen Cranberries For Cranberry Juice?

Yes, juice can be made with fresh or frozen cranberries. The choice depends on their availability, the season, and personal preference.

When making cranberry juice out of frozen cranberries, you must start by allowing your cranberries to thaw before anything else.

Another way if you do not have a blender or magic bullet at home, prepare an instant pot and your bag of cranberries. Add water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

Allow the cranberries to simmer for 10-15 minutes or until they burst open. This releases their juices and extracts maximum flavor. Use a sieve and strain the juice, and you are done.

How Do I Separate The Pulp From Fresh Cranberry Juice?

As mentioned above, you can separate the pulp from the juice using a sieve or a cheesecloth to extract the cranberry juice. You can use the back of a spoon or a spatula to press the pulp against the sieve, removing as much liquid as possible. Continue until most of the juice has been separated.

After extracting all the juice, do not discard the collected pulp. Save it for other culinary uses, such as adding it to smoothies, cranberry jam or cranberry sauce, making fruit roll-ups or incorporating it into baking.

A cranberry juice in a glass with cranberries.
A cranberry juice in a glass with cranberries.

How Do I Store Cranberry Juice?

Transfer leftover juice into a glass bottle or a container and refrigerate. Consume within seven days.

Can I Freeze Cranberry Juice?

While cranberry juice can technically be frozen, it may change texture and flavor upon thawing, so I suggest you consume fresh cranberry juice within a few days rather than freezing it.

More Sugar-Free Drinks

As you learn to make our delightful cranberry juice, let me walk you through more of our low-carb drinks that you can enjoy with no added sugar.

Our refreshing flavored water with sparkling water and infused cold brew tea are ideal for homemade experiments. 

Our strawberry smoothie and hot chocolate mix is the answer if you want comfort in a drink. 

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How To Make Cranberry Juice Recipe

Cranberry juice with lemon wedges and cranberries.

Discover the refreshing taste of homemade Cranberry Juice with this easy recipe done in seconds. Enjoy the natural flavors and make cranberry juice home for a delightful, homemade twist on a classic drink. This fresh cranberry juice recipe gives you that lovely tart essence from fresh or frozen cranberries right in your kitchen.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. The first thing to do is prepare your ingredients. Get your cranberries and water ready for blending.
  2. Add your cranberries into the blender, followed by 2 cups of water. The amount of water you put in depends on how strong you want your juice to be. Close the lid and blend the cranberries.
  3. It is essential to check if your cranberries are blended well. If you see some bubbles on top of the mixture, let the juice sit for a few minutes, and the foam will settle.
  4. Strain the juice through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth if you have it. Press the cranberries to extract all the liquid to maximize flavor and juice.
  5. To add some extra beauty, serve your homemade cranberry juice, as you see on cocktails in fancy restaurants. Moist the rim of the glass with lemon and dip it into a fruit powder of your choice, or best if you have cranberry powder at home.

Notes

  • Ratio - a typical ratio is 1 cup of cranberries to 1 cup of water. Adjust the ratio for a more concentrated or milder flavor based on your taste preferences. Some add orange juice or apple juice, but I always prefer pure. 
  • Citrus - you can enhance the flavor of your juice by adding a zest of fresh orange or lemon juice. The citrusy taste pairs with the tartness of the cranberries.
  • Cheesecloth - In straining the juice, it is perfect to use a cheesecloth since it removes pulp and solids, leaving you with a smoother juice.

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Nutrition Information

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6

Serving Size

1/4 Cup

Amount Per Serving Calories 15Total Fat 0gCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gProtein 0g

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