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homemade cranberry juice in a serving pitcher
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5 from 4 votes

Homemade Cranberry Juice

This easy homemade cranberry juice is made with fresh or frozen cranberries and water. No juicer or blender needed!
Cook Time15 mins
Chilling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 18kcal


  • 5 cups water
  • 2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • ¼ cup sugar, honey, or other preferred sweetener (Optional) Or sweeten with another juice (like apple or orange juice)


  • Add water and cranberries to a large pot over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil.
    Bring Cranberries + Water to a Boil
  • When cranberries begin to burst, use a potato masher to crush the berries. Boil for about 5 more minutes.
    Mash the Berries with a Potato Masher
  • Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve or strain through cheesecloth.
    Tip: Cheesecloth will yield the clearest juice without sediment, but a fine mesh sieve will catch most of the sediment.
    If desired, sweeten the cranberry juice.
    Strain Through a Sieve
  • To drink cold, cool to room temperature and then move the juice to the fridge to chill. (This juice is also delicious hot.)
    Store the strained cranberry juice in the fridge and use within a week or freeze and use within a year.
    homemade cranberry juice in a serving pitcher


Yields about 5 cups of cranberry juice.  This recipe is easily doubled or tripled.
Nutrition information assumes 1 cup of juice per serving, and does not include the optional sweetener.


Calories: 18kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 34mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg