Cranberry juice made from fresh cranberries is a common drink but in the UK it's usual to buy the juice ready-made in cartons. However, it's easy to make your own cranberry juice at home with only a few simple ingredients. This recipe yields approximately 1 litre of fresh cranberry juice and you can sweeten it to your own tastes.
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 settle 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 produce sweeter cranberry juice.
Transfer the cranberry juice to a jug, and chill in the refrigerator before serving. Add ice cubes, if desired, to speed the chilling process.
Store fresh cranberry juice in the refrigerator for up to three days before discarding any unused portion.
To make the recipe diabetic-friendly, leave out the sugar and add artificial sweetener to individual servings, according to taste.