Homemade Cranberry Juice

Homemade Cranberry Juice

I am not one to usually make juice from scratch. For some reason in my mind it always seemed like a lot of work and I didn’t understand the reasoning behind it, when it is so readily available to purchase. But, after making homemade Cranberry Juice I have been converted. It is pure. It is tasty. And, you can control the ingredients. No more overly sweet fruit juice for me!

This juice is a cranberry lovers dream (just ask my mother). The tart flavour cleanses the palate and lends itself to avoiding becoming overly sweet. The ruby red color has an elegant translucent sparkle, which makes it perfect for entertaining. There are awesome health benefits too. Of the many, it helps in the fight against cancer, gives you better cholesterol, and helps you loose weight. It takes no work at all to make. You just let it do it’s thing and you get amazing juice as a result. A divine drink all around!

This is the last instalment in my countdown to Thanksgiving. For those of you who are celebrating, enjoy your time with family and friends! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Homemade Cranberry Juice

Homemade Cranberry Juice
  • 600g pckg. frozen cranberries, thawed (or fresh if you prefer)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  1. Place the cranberries and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to med. heat and cover loosely. Simmer 10 min. until the cranberries have burst.
  2. Strain through a colander lined with cheesecloth. Resist the urge to press on the fruit to extract more juices, it will make the juice cloudy.
  3. Pour the strained juice back into the sauce pan and add sugar. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 min.
  4. Let cool to room temperature before cooling the the fridge.
  5. * I did not have cheesecloth at the time so I used a sturdy paper towel.. just don’t use too much as it soaks up the juices and you do not want any juice to go to waste. :)
  6. ** The amount of sugar needed may vary depending on your taste and the sweetness of the berries. If you think you may prefer it more tart start with ½ cup and work your way up.
  7. *** A great way to make this juice stretch further is to serve it half and half with ginger-ale.

Adapted from Tartelette.

  • Sandra

    Does this make 2 quarts of juice?

    • http://kitchensimplicity.com/ Cheri | Kitchen Simplicity

      Probably a little less, but it should be fairly close I think.

  • Wumingren

    I found your recipe first off when I was looking for homemade cranberry juice. I have kidney issues that the doctor cannot diagnose, and I found one remedy for kidney support is 8 ounces of unsweetened cranberry juice with juice of half a lemon added. I was looking for unsweetened cranberry juice, but it was all “cranberry beverage,” meaning it had apple juice or white grape juice, and I want to keep the glycemic load low.

    Also useful is essential oils, including geranium, thyme, cumin, lemongrass, rosemary, and anise. I will experiment by putting in a few drops of one or more of these oils to see how they taste. I may have to go with cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice to help mask the geranium oil, which is quite strong.

  • Brian

    Dried cranberries boiled in water, then blended with a hand blender, come out very sweet. Then blend up whole fresh cranberries with water and mix the two. You don’t have to add any other type of sweetener.