Last Updated on November 23, 2022 by Ellen Christian
Wondering how to make cranberry juice? Find out how with this homemade fresh cranberry juice recipe in just a few minutes.
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Cranberries can help prevent urinary tract infections and some people even use it for type 2 diabetes, chronic fatigue, to prevent blood clots. These berries are loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, and salicylic acid.
You can see why a good homemade cranberry juice recipe is the way to go.
Homemade Cranberry Juice Recipe
If you buy this drink in the beverage aisle of the grocery store, chances are what you’re buying is a cocktail. That means you buy the juice and extra stuff – generally high fructose corn syrup if you’re buying the leading brand.
I’m not a huge fan of starting each morning off with a hefty helping of high fructose corn syrup, so, for me, fresh natural cranberry juice is the way to go.
While I can buy a jar of this beverage that isn’t sweetened, it’s so tart that even if I wanted to spend $8 a bottle, I wouldn’t. The cranberry juice price at the store is crazy and homemade is so much better.
You can make this homemade fresh cranberry juice recipe in a large or small batch. Since I’m the only one drinking it, I make just enough for a few days.
Remember that it has no preservatives in it. So, it should be used within 3 days. You can freeze it for longer-term storage if you want to. Check out my Cranberry detox water
This recipe is very easy and quick. I use real maple syrup from the trees in our back yard. If you don’t have an easy source of maple syrup, you can use honey or stevia to keep it Paleo.
If you don’t mind the tartness, you can drink it without the sweetener. It isn’t super sweet this way, but it’s enough so it doesn’t make you pucker.
Just store it in the refrigerator for easy access.
This is a really easy juice to make from scratch. If you want to enjoy it with breakfast, make it the night before so it can refrigerate overnight to get cold.
Here are a few more easy Paleo recipes.
How do you make cranberry juice taste good?
If you’re wondering how to make your drink taste good, you’re probably used to drinking the cocktail blends from the grocery store. The beverage itself is very tart which isn’t pleasant for some people.
You might want to try to blend it with a small amount of apple or grape juice to see if that’s easier for you to drink.
Is cranberry juice acidic?
Yes, cranberry juice is very acidic. But, drinking cranberry juice is healthy in moderation because it is high in Vitamin C. Unsweetened cranberry juice is the best type, but it’s also very tart. That’s why many people drink cranberry juice cocktail.
It’s a simple way to enjoy real cranberries.
What are the benefits of drinking cranberry juice?
This beverage is very high in Vitamin C so drinking it is a great way to boost your immune system. The main benefit of cranberry juice is that it is a fantastic way to help ward off infections and boost your overall health.
Cranberries are also a great way to help prevent a UTI. There are lots of homemade cranberry juice benefits because they are low in calories and high in vitamins.
If you’re wondering about cocktail mixtures like cran grape. The potential cran grape juice benefits are often fewer due to the added sugar content.
If you’re hoping for benefits of cran grape juice, it’s better to drink pure cranberry juice. That is the healthiest cranberry juice.
How much should I drink a day?
There are no guidelines that I am aware of that advise how much homemade cranberry juice you need to drink in a day. But, if you are hoping to help prevent a urinary tract infection (UTI), you should try to drink at least 13 ounces of 25% juice.
So, a cup in the morning and evening would work fine. Most people can drink cranberry juice daily. Learn more about the health benefits.
Can diabetics drink cranberry juice?
Please consult your doctor. Many can in moderation.
Ingredients / tools to make this recipe
This recipe is very easy to make. You don’t need a lot of complicated ingredients or fancy kitchen appliances.
You will need a large pot with a lid to boil the berries in. And, you will need a slotted spoon or a strainer to strain the berries from the juice.
Ingredients in this homemade cranberry juice are simply berries, water, and some type of sweetener. I prefer maple syrup or stevia because they are better for you.
But, you could try sugar if you want to or agave nectar. You would need to experiment with the measurements since I have never tried fresh cranberry juice that way before.
If you want a cranberry juice drink recipe, I enjoy this half and half with ginger ale. If you have leftover berries after making this cranberry juice recipe, why not try this easy craft or this stovetop potpourri recipe.
How long is cranberry juice good for?
This homemade fresh cranberry juice contains no preservatives. Please refrigerate it and use it within 3 days.
What is cranberry extract?
Cranberry extract is often found in pill format and is not exactly the same as cranberry juice. It has many of the same benefits of cranberry juice.
Is cranberry juice good for dogs?
It’s not recommended to give dogs cranberry juice due to potentially toxic ingredients. But you can let your dog have fresh cranberries.
- 4 cups of fresh cranberries
- 4 cups of water
- 1/2 cup of real Vermont maple syrup (or stevia or honey)
- Put fresh cranberries and water in a pot and bring to a boil.
- Simmer for 15 minutes until the berries soften and pop.
- Strain the berries from the juice and return the juice to the pan.
- Add the sweetener and heat until it dissolves.
- Pour it into a bottle and refrigerate.
Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 259Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 68gFiber: 4gSugar: 53gProtein: 1g
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