This homemade cranberry juice cocktail is sweet, tart and totally refreshing. This juice is unlike most that you’ll find at the grocery store. Because cranberries are sour, many companies add a lot of sugar to help sweeten the juice. When you make your own, you have the opportunity to control your sweetener. That said, I doubt most people enjoy drinking juice with puckered lips – so I wouldn’t suggest drinking it sans sugar. I sweetened my juice with honey which added a sweet floral touch to the beverage. I also used a couple freshly squeezed oranges which gave the juice a nice hint of citrus flavor.
I’ve decided that if I ever serve this juice at a party (and it’s likely that I will), I’m going to call it cranade (like lemonade…). Cranade just sounds like it would make for a fun drink. This cranade can easily (and obviously) be made into an alcoholic drink. While alcohol isn’t really “paleo,” there are some choices that are better than others. If you’re interested in making the ever popular cranberry and vodka, then consider choosing a potato or fruit based vodka rather than the typical grain-based vodka. Also consider adding a splash of freshly squeezed lime and a little mint to your drink if you do decide to go the alcohol route.
It’s hard to keep up with research these days, but it seems like the consensus (for now) is that drinking cranberry juice every now and then is good for you. For women, it can help prevent UTIs and for men, it can possibly prevent prostate cancer. While I can’t attest to the benefits, I can tell you about the taste. This juice is sweet and tangy and perfect for any time of year :)
- 1 lb fresh cranberries
- 2 oranges, freshly squeezed
- 2 quarts water (8 cups water)
- Sweeten to taste (I used ¼ cup local raw honey - if you can't get local honey, try this: Organic Raw Honey)
- cinnamon stick, optional
- garnish with mint, optional
- Wash your cranberries and put them in a crockpot along with your freshly squeezed orange juice.
- Fill the crock-pot with water - enough to barely cover the berries and cook on high for 4-5 hours.
- Strain the liquid from the berries - put into a pitcher and add sweetener of your choice.
- Allow the juice to cool then cover and refrigerate until cold.
- Add some alcohol if you'd like.
This will make about 2 quarts of juice. Save cranberries to make ice cubes!