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how to make cranberry juice from cranberries

Cranberries are a popular fruit in the United States. They are often used to make cranberry sauce, but they can also be eaten raw or juiced for their health benefits.
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Homemade cranberry juice is tart, flavorful, and requires only 4 ingredients. Here’s how to make cranberry juice easily at home with a blender or on the stove-top!

pint-sized Mason jar of cranberry juice with cranberries and oranges in the background, with text overlay: "How To Make Cranberry Juice At Home (only 4 ingredients!)"

When you think cranberries, you think Thanksgiving, right?

I make cranberry sauce every year because I love it and… well, the canned variety simply can’t touch homemade.

So, shortly before Thanksgiving, I bought a few bags of cranberries (you know, in case there was a cranberry shortage).

And my husband, who evidently thought I was making cranberry sauce for about 50 people, bought several bags, too. Only, his were the 2 pound kind.

Long story short, after the 3 cups I needed for cranberry sauce, I was left with a boatload of cranberries!

Some I tossed right in the freezer, but most I shoved in the fridge with the intention of making something out of them after Thanksgiving.

But let’s face it, after a day of overeating and several of leftovers, who is in the mood for anything heavy or overly sweet? I certainly wasn’t.

Then it dawned on me. What about a drink, like juice?

Yes, cranberry juice… homemade fresh cranberry juice!

I’ll be the first to admit it, I don’t drink juice.

I find the store-bought juice to be a vehicle for nothing but sugar and artificial ingredients. It’s not actually nutritious.

Yet, when you make your own, you lose none of the nutrition, preserve the freshness, and are in complete control of the sweetness. Win, win!

So, I blended together mandarins, cranberries, and water. Let me just say, I was wowed!

It was exactly what I needed after all that indulgent food: tart, flavorful, satisfying, and nutritious.

I wasn’t the only one impressed with this homemade cranberry juice, though. My kids were equally as smitten!

I did add a little honey to theirs because, I’m no fool, otherwise there would’ve been protests. 😉

white ceramic bowl full of fresh cranberries

Why To Make Vs. Buy Cranberry Juice

Chances are, if you’re reading this article, you’re interested in making cranberry juice from scratch because you want to avoid the added sugar, vegetable concentrate, coloring, and more.

Even the seemingly healthy stuff has to have a certain amount of additives and preservatives in order to be shelf stable.

Thankfully, when you make your own cranberry juice, you control everything that goes into it — part of the reason I love making it.

Is cranberry juice good for you?

While cranberry juice is tasty and delicious, it’s also nutritious.

Here are a few reasons to consider drinking it on a regular basis. Cranberry juice…

  • is loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols
  • can play a role in reducing cardiovascular disease
  • can improve oral health
  • fights age-related damage
  • is high in fiber
  • has cancer-fighting properties
  • supports digestive health
  • is beneficial against bacteria that lead to urinary tract infections

How do you make cranberry juice?

If you’ve never made cranberry juice at home, rest assured, it is incredibly easy.

I demonstrate two methods below — with the blender and on the stove-top. I prefer the blender version because I can have it right away but the stove-top option is wonderful if you don’t have a blender.

To make cranberry juice, you will need fresh or frozen cranberries, pure filtered water, fresh orange juice (optional), and honey, if you like it sweetened.

fresh cranberries, water, and lemon juice in a blender

What equipment do you need to make cranberry juice?

For the blender method, you will need a high-powered blender such as the Vitamix and a fine mesh sieve (better for catching all the pulp) or cheesecloth (my preference).

For the stove-top method, you need only a fine mesh sieve.

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What should you do with the cranberry pulp?

Don’t let the pulp go to waste! Instead, add it to muffins or breads for tart flavor and extra nutrition.

Or, if you really have no use for it, add it to your compost bin or feed it to your animals.

Let’s Get In The Kitchen! How To Make Cranberry Juice At Home

two glasses of homemade cranberry juice with oranges and fresh cranberries in the background

Looking for other cranberry recipes? We’ve got you covered!

  • 75+ Fresh Cranberry Recipes From Breakfast To Dessert!
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  • Allergy-Friendly Apple Cranberry Crisp {use your Instant Pot!}
  • Fermented Cranberry-Orange-Apple Relish

Do you love cranberries? What is your favorite way to use them? Have you ever made homemade cranberry juice?

This post was originally published and written by Andrea Sabean on 11/30/15. It was updated and republished on 1/27/20.

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