This homemade cranberry juice is sweet, tart, and refreshing. This juice is unlike any you’ll find at the grocery store. Because cranberries are sour, most brands add a lot of sugar to help sweeten the juice. When you make your own, you have the opportunity to control the amount of sweetener you use. 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 adds a sweet floral touch to the beverage. I also use a couple of freshly squeezed oranges which gives the juice a nice hint of citrus flavor. I’m sure apple juice or apple cider would work well too.
I think moving forward I’m going to call this drink cranade (like lemonade…). Cranade is such a great name for this. This cranade can easily (and obviously) be made into an alcoholic drink. I suggest adding a splash of freshly squeezed lime and a little mint to your drink if you do.
It’s hard to keep up with research these days, but it seems like the consensus (for now) is that drinking cranberry juice now and then is good for you. It can potentially help prevent UTIs, and for men, it can possibly prevent prostate cancer. While I can’t attest to health benefits, I can tell you about the taste. This juice is sweet and tangy and the perfect drink during this festive 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.
Save cranberries to make ice cubes!