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Learn how to create a fruity beverage with Homemade Cranberry Juice Recipe using fresh or frozen cranberries. This homemade recipe can capture the natural essence of cranberries for a pure and vibrant drink. Make cranberry juice at home to experience a refreshingly tart experience.

A glass of cranberry drink with rosemary sprigs.
A glass of cranberry drink with rosemary sprigs.

Having cranberry juice in your kitchen at most times is the best thing you can give to your body. 

Serve for your next brunch with baked bread, fresh fruits, and yogurt for a refreshing start to your day. A chilled cranberry juice is also the perfect post-workout drink if you exercise since it helps a lot in hydration.

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Why You Will Love Cranberry Juice

Unsweetened Homemade Cranberry Juice is more than just a refreshing beverage; it celebrates cranberries’ bold flavors and health benefits.

  • Pure cranberry goodness – unlike store-bought versions loaded with added sugars, this homemade juice lets the true essence of cranberries shine. You get the authentic taste without any unwanted sweetness.
  • Customizable sweetness – the beauty of homemade cranberry juice lies in your control over sweetness. You can leave it unsweetened for a pure, crisp taste or add a touch of sweetness if desired. It’s all about tailor-made refreshments.
  • Versatility at its best – sip it on its own, use it as a base for mocktails, or incorporate it into your favorite recipes—this unsweetened cranberry juice is a versatile player in your culinary lineup.

Blender Vs. Juicer

The choice between using a blender or a juicer for making your cranberry juice is a common problem. They might have similarities and differences, but they still do the job. Here, I will tell you the difference between these two pieces of equipment:

Blender

Using a blender is straightforward. Just add cranberries, water, and any additional ingredients, then blend. There is no need for any setups or multiple components. One thing I like about blenders is that they are versatile, and you can easily incorporate other fruits, vegetables, or even ice to create a variety of smoothies and beverages.

A glass of cranberry juice with a rosemary sprig.
A glass of cranberry juice with a rosemary sprig.

Juicer

Juicers are designed to extract the maximum liquid from fruits, resulting in a more transparent juice with a smoother texture. It also automatically separates the pulp from the juice, which is good if you have little time straining it. One disadvantage is that cranberries do not have lots of liquid, and using a juicer might give you little liquid.

Making Cranberry Juice On A Stovetop

Using a stovetop to make cranberry juice is another way to create a refreshing beverage. It also requires simple steps, but not simpler than using a blender. Create an instant pot of cranberry juice the other easy way.

Here is how you can juice a bag of cranberries by simmering them:

  • Prepare – prepare your ingredients and wash your cranberries.
  • Combine – Place the cranberries in a saucepan and add water. The usual ratio of 1 cup of berries equals 1 cup of water.
  • Bring to a boil – heat it over medium-high heat until it reaches a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and let it cook for 10-15 minutes. The cranberries will burst, releasing their flavor.
  • Separate juice and pulp – strain the mixture using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth after simmering. Press the cranberries to extract as much juice as possible.
  • Adjust sweetness – if you prefer a sweeter juice, gradually add honey, homemade stevia powder or maple syrup, tasting as you go. Stir until the sweetener dissolves completely.

I like to use a pure method without cooking anything to get the best juice possible. 

Juice Pulp Extraction

Some people prefer those traditional juices with no pulp left from their blended fruit juice. As you notice, when you strain your juice, there will be pulp left from extracting, and those pulps can add even more flavor and texture to your drink.

It will depend only on you and your preference, but some people skip the straining process. You would either get pure juice or a smoothie. Once you decide not to use the pulp, you can dehydrate it into fruit roll-ups

How To Make Homemade Cranberry Juice Recipe

Here is a step-by-step procedure for making your homemade cranberry juice using only two ingredients and a sweetener. Make your own, which is better than store-bought juices out there.

A glass of cranberry juice with a rosemary sprig.
A glass of cranberry juice with a rosemary sprig.

Kitchen Gadgets:

  • Magic Bullet or Blender

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Cranberries
  • Water
  • Sweetener (entirely optional)

*Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below.

FULL INSTRUCTIONS WITH STEPS FOR HOMEMADE FRESH CRANBERRY JUICE 

First Step: Prepare Fresh Cranberries

Prepare all your ingredients by rinsing your fresh cranberries thoroughly and removing any stems or leaves. Pat them dry with a paper towel.

Homemade cranberry juice.
Homemade cranberry juice.

Second Step: Blend Cranberries And Water

Get your blender or magic bullet ready and start transferring your cranberries in, followed by 1 cup of water or more, depending on the amount of berries you are using.

Blend the cranberries and water until you achieve a smooth and consistent mixture.

How to make cranberry juice in a blender.
How to make cranberry juice in a blender.

Third Step: Strain The Juice

Using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth strainer, strain the blended mixture to separate the liquid from the pulp, as this helps you get a silky smooth juice.

Straining the berry juice is very important if you use a blender or a stovetop because it does not separate the pulp and the juice, unlike when you use an actual fruit juicer.

How to make cranberry juice.
How to make cranberry juice.

Fourth Step: Serve Your Cranberry Juice

After straining the cranberry juice, you can now sweeten your drink by adding the sweetener of your choice or simply squeezing lemon juice for a little citrusy taste.

Feel free to garnish your glass with a slice of lemon with cranberry powder or a few whole cranberries for a touch of visual appeal.

Drink the juice straight or refrigerate the leftovers.

How to make cranberry juice.
How to make cranberry juice.

TRICKS AND TIPS WHEN YOU MAKE CRANBERRY JUICE AT HOME:

  • Pick fresh berries – look for plump, firm berries rich in color for the best flavor. You should get it during their peak season, which is fall.
  • Citrus – a splash of fresh lemon or orange juice to balance the tartness of the cranberries. The citrusy brightness enhances the overall flavor profile of your juice.
  • Sweetener – as I have mentioned above, adding sweetener is only optional. Still, if you want a sweeter drink, add sugar substitutes like maple syrup and stevia or flavor from a cinnamon stick.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Substitute for Drinking Cranberry Juice

If you are looking for a refreshing and fruity beverage but do not have cranberries available, you should try some fruit juice recipes at home.

You can make:

  • Pomegranate Juice
  • Grape Juice
  • Cherry Juice 
  • Apple Juice
  • Blueberry Juice
  • Raspberry Lemonade
  • Hibiscus Tea

What to Serve With Homemade Cranberry Juice?

You can serve and pair your healthy cranberry juice alone or alongside tasty treats. An avocado toast or brioche French toast is a nice one for breakfast.

 Our gluten-free bundt cake also pairs well with cranberry sauce, which could also work on berry juice.

A yogurt and a quinoa salad are the usual partners of cranberry juice, so you should try them.

A glass of cranberry juice with rosemary sprigs.
A glass of cranberry juice with rosemary sprigs.

Shall I Use Fresh or Frozen Cranberries?

You can use both fresh or frozen cranberries. With frozen, you have an advantage in that they are already softened and contain a bit more liquid than the fresh ones. Therefore, only a minimal extra water is needed.

Can I Freeze Homemade Cranberry Juice?

Yes, you can freeze homemade cranberry juice. Freezing is a great way to preserve the freshness of your homemade juice, allowing you to enjoy it at a later time. While some are okay with freezing their cranberry juice, others prefer not to because thawing the juice could compromise the flavor and texture of it.

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Let us dive in for more of our clean-eating recipes that will make your eating lifestyle healthier. 

Try our gluten-free wraps that you can pair with any roasted meat you like. Make your next dinner flavorful using our gluten-free chicken enchiladas as a perfect dish made with enchilada sauce and enchilada spices.

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Unsweetened Homemade Cranberry Juice Recipe

Zuzana Paar
5 from 4 votes
Learn how to create a fruity beverage with Homemade Cranberry Juice Recipe using fresh or frozen cranberries. This homemade recipe can capture the natural essence of cranberries for a pure and vibrant drink. Make cranberry juice at home to experience a refreshingly tart experience.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine International
Servings 6
Calories 15 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups Cranberries

Instructions
 

  • Prepare all your ingredients by rinsing your fresh cranberries thoroughly and removing any stems or leaves. Pat them dry with a paper towel.
  • Get your blender or magic bullet ready and start transferring your cranberries in, followed by 1 cup of water or more, depending on the amount of berries you are using. Blend the cranberries and water until you achieve a smooth and consistent mixture.
  • Using a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth strainer, strain the blended mixture to separate the liquid from the pulp, as this helps you get a silky smooth juice.
  • After straining the cranberry juice, you can now sweeten your drink by adding the sweetener of your choice or simply squeezing lemon juice for a little citrusy taste. Feel free to garnish your glass with a slice of lemon with cranberry powder or a few whole cranberries for a touch of visual appeal.

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Notes

  • Pick fresh berries – look for plump, firm berries rich in color for the best flavor. You should get it during their peak season, which is fall.
  • Citrus – a splash of fresh lemon or orange juice to balance the tartness of the cranberries. The citrusy brightness enhances the overall flavor profile of your juice.
  • Sweetener – as I have mentioned above, adding sweetener is only optional. Still, if you want a sweeter drink, add sugar substitutes like maple syrup and stevia or flavor from a cinnamon stick.

Nutrition

Calories: 15kcalCarbohydrates: 4gSaturated Fat: 0.003gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.02gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 5mgPotassium: 27mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 5mgIron: 0.1mg

Disclaimer

Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.

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By Zuzana Paar on December 25th, 2023
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