Honey Sweetened Homemade Cranberry Juice

Honey sweetened homemade cranberry juice is a snap to make and has just three ingredients (cranberries, water & honey)!  Perfect for the holidays or anytime!  

Homemade Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice is a holiday favorite—even more so if you are eating local in Wisconsin!  While cranberry juice can be more natural than many commercial foods, cranberries are seriously tart.  This means that nearly everything you find is going to have some form of sweetener.  

Many commercial cranberry juice brands use high fructose corn syrup and even the “natural” versions tend to use conventional grape or apple juice.  Yup, two fruits on the dirty dozen list of contaminated fruits and vegetables!   Local Cranberries

Of course, cranberries ARE one of the bonuses of eating local in Wisconsin.  And when I made my announcement, one of my book club members chimed right in.  She had grown up in the cranberry region of the state and suggested I stock up for the vitamin C. Brilliant! 

Homemade Cranberry Juice for Two

Homemade Cranberry Juice for Two

I based this recipe  on my cranberry sauce, but used extra water and cooked it less, then strained off the juice.  Next, I sweetened it to taste with some local honey—I started at about ¼ cup and ended around 1/3. Feel free to match your own tastes.

I didn’t want to waste the nutritious pulp that was left after I strained the juice, so I added some extra honey to that and used it in yogurt over the next couple weeks.  

Homemade Cranberry Juice for Two

Homemade Cranberry Juice for Two

I always worry that cooking local would be pricy, so I decided to do the math on this.  I bought organic cranberries on sale and used two 7.5 ounce containers that were $5.  At bulk prices, the honey was under $1.  In the end my homemade cranberry juice compared favorably to organic juice on the internet which ranged from $6-$12/quart. And I got bonus pulp (kind of like chunky cranberry sauce) for free. 

Homemade Cranberry Juice for Two

Homemade Cranberry Juice
Serves 8
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
20 min
66 calories
18 g
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0 g
0 g
0 g
183 g
6 g
14 g
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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
183g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 66
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 6mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 14g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
11%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  2. 4 cups water
  3. 1/3 cup honey (see note)
Instructions
  1. Bring cranberries and water to a boil in a medium-large saucepan. Cook until cranberries are fairly broken down, about 15 minutes.
  2. Strain the juice off and sweeten it with honey to taste while still warm. Cool in the refrigerator.
  3. If desired, you can sweeten the remaining pulp with 1-2 Tablespoons of honey, refrigerate and use for pancakes or yogurt.
Notes
  1. Serving size is 4 ounces and doesn't count the leftover pulp.
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calories
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4 thoughts on “Honey Sweetened Homemade Cranberry Juice

  1. David

    This is beautiful, Inger, and we have tons of cranberries! And I just got some lovely honey at the market. Marry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. grace

    i never ever ever considered making cranberry juice but it’s a magnificent idea! granted, my cranberries won’t be local, but i’m still inspired to try!

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