How to Make Cranberry Juice from Fresh Cranberries

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Cranberry juice made from fresh cranberries is a common drink served at Swedish lunch tables. However, it's easy to make your own at home with only a few simple ingredients. This recipe yields approximately 1 qt. of fresh cranberry juice and can be easily customized to your desired level of sweetness.

Things You'll Need

  • Cranberries
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Blender
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Medium saucepan
  • Granulated sugar
  • Drink pitcher
  • Ice cubes (optional)
  • Add 2 cups of water and 1 tbsp. of fresh lemon juice to a clean blender container.

  • Add 4 cups of fresh cranberries to the lemon juice and water mixture. Blend on medium speed for 2 to 3 minutes, or until a thick liquid is achieved, and no solid chunks are visible.

  • Place the lidded blender container in the refrigerator and allow it to steep overnight. Remove the container in the morning, and strain the cranberry juice through a fine mesh strainer into a medium saucepan. Discard any solid material.

  • Add 1 cup of granulated sugar to the saucepan and heat over medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved.

  • Remove the pan from the heat and add 1 cup of cold water. You may add more or less water, depending on your tastes. Less water will yield sweeter cranberry juice.

  • Transfer the cranberry juice to a drink pitcher, and chill in the refrigerator before serving. Add ice cubes, if desired, to speed the chilling process.

Tips & Warnings

  • Store fresh cranberry juice in the refrigerator for up to three days before discarding any unused portion.
  • To make the recipe diabetic- or diet-friendly, leave out the sugar and add artificial sweetener to individual servings, according to taste.

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