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I bought some unsweetened cranberry juice recently to use in my Cranberry Relish for Thanksgiving. Just out of curiosity, I took a little sip. Holy sour! My face puckered up and stayed like that for a couple minutes. I was expecting tart, but that was severe. I really love cranberry juice, but don’t love that it needs to be sweetened (usually with sugar) to be drinkable. Not that I advocate drinking a ton of juice, but it’s nice for a treat of the occasional bladder infection. I remember my mom always giving us cranberry juice as kids for that.
So I’ve got a ton of bags of cranberries in the freezer (okay, not a ton, but a lot) and finally realized that I could make my own juice. The amount of honey that you add can be adjusted, but for 8 cups of juice, anywhere between 3/4 – 1 cup of honey would be just right. After drinking this cranberry juice, I realized that as much as I liked the store-bought stuff, this stuff is a million times better. It actually tastes like cranberries, not like some sugar-loaded drink. There is still enough tartness with a perfect balance of sweet that is just perfect. The only problem is that it’s so good, I have to remember to only drink a little, and not let it replace my water.
And since Chrismas is coming, and you might be looking for a delicious festive drink that all members of the family can enjoy (children included), I’ve got a tasty drink recipe coming tomorrow.
Homemade Cranberry Juice
- 8 cups Cranberries fresh or frozen
- 1 cup Honey
- 8 cups Water
- Add cranberries and water to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. All the berries should have popped open and be a little mushy at by this point.
- Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the berries into it. Discard the berries.
- Pour the honey into the bowl with the hot juice. Stir until the honey is dissolved completely.
- Allow the juice to cool about an hour so it's not too hot to handle. Pour the reserved juice into a ½ gallon container (preferably glasand store in the refrigerator.