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Homemade Cranberry Juice

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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.

Cranberry Juice | Our Paleo Life

Homemade Cranberry Juice

Yield: 8 cups
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Store brand cranberry juice has added sugars that counteract the benefits of cranberries. This version uses beneficial honey and you control the sweetness.


  • 8 cups Cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup Honey
  • 8 cups Water


  1. Add cranberries and water to a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  2. 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.
  3. Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and pour the berries into it. Discard the berries.
  4. Pour the honey into the bowl with the hot juice. Stir until the honey is dissolved completely.
  5. 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.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 177Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 13mgCarbohydrates 47gFiber 4gSugar 39gProtein 1g

Nutrition is calculated by a third party and may not be 100% accurate

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Barb D

Saturday 30th of October 2021

I’m not a fan of the taste of honey so I made the juice using 6 packets of Truvia and 1/2 cup of real maple syrup. A little too sweet for my taste. Next time I will omit the Truvia and, if still to sweet, cut back on the maple syrup. I also discovered that maple syrup has fewer calories than honey. Who knew!

Delightful Parenting

Saturday 9th of January 2021

Lovely recipe and so easy to prepare, will try this, thanks!


Tuesday 10th of November 2020

i dont have alot of honey can i substitute some with sugar?

Kendra Benson

Tuesday 10th of November 2020

You probably could, we just really try to stay away from white/refined sugars.

Leslie B

Tuesday 12th of November 2019

Has anyone tried this in an instant pot? Thoughts on how this would work, please.

Home Plix

Saturday 14th of September 2019

I am so happy you shared this simple recipe…what a great reminder to make homemade juice…gosh I totally forgot how wonderful juice is. I love your pitcher!

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