How to make cranberry juice from fresh cranberries

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How to make cranberry juice from fresh cranberries
Cranberry juice from fresh cranberries is packed with vitamins. (Getty Images)

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.

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Things you need

  • Cranberries
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Blender
  • Fine mesh strainer
  • Medium saucepan
  • Granulated sugar
  • Jug
  • Ice cubes

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  1. 1

    Add 2 cups of water and 1 tbsp of fresh lemon juice to a clean blender container.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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.

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