Homemade Cranberry Juice

Total Time

Prep: 35 min. + chilling


8 servings (2 quarts)

Updated: Aug. 03, 2023
This refreshing and sweet homemade cranberry juice has a mild tartness level. Its jewel red color looks very attractive served in glassware. —Carol Domes, Whitehorse, Yukon
Homemade Cranberry Juice Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 quarts water
  • 8 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup orange juice


  1. In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, bring water and cranberries to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until berries begin to pop, 20 minutes.
  2. Strain through a fine strainer, pressing mixture with a spoon; discard berries. Return cranberry juice to the pan. Stir in the sugar, lemon juice and orange juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Remove from the heat. Cool. Transfer to a pitcher; cover and refrigerate until chilled.

Homemade Cranberry Juice Tips

How long does homemade cranberry juice last?

Homemade cranberry juice tastes best immediately after making it, but any leftover cranberry juice can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also freeze cranberry juice for up to a month, but be sure to store it in a freezer-safe container and leave at least an inch at the top of the container to allow for the juice to expand as it freezes.

How else can you serve this homemade cranberry juice recipe?

Try using your homemade cranberry juice to make a festive Cranberry Fizz. If you're looking for a boozy option, this unusual Cranberry Cocktail should hit the spot. Have leftover cranberries? Use them up in these sweet and savory recipes with cranberries.

What are the benefits of drinking cranberry juice?

Cranberry juice is thought to have several benefits, from reducing blood sugar to promoting healthy, glowing skin. Read more about cranberry benefits.

Shannon Norris, Taste of Home Senior Food Stylist
Sugared Cranberries
Heat 3 tablespoons light corn syrup in microwave until warm; gently toss with 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, allowing excess syrup to drip off. Toss in 1/3 cup sugar to coat. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set, about 1 hour. 

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 227 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 31mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.