09 December 2016

Sugarfree Cranberry Juice

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My daughter and I are a big fan of the Christmas cocktail called Poinsettia.  It is a simple cocktail of vodka, champagne, cranberry juice and some orange zest.  We made it for the first time a few years ago and it has been a semi tradition ever since.



I had a bag of leftover cranberries and rather than waste them, I made them into juice for our cocktails.  It was super simple and I know our cocktails will taste wonderful due to the fresh taste of our juice!

1 12 oz bag fresh cranberries
4 c water



Pour water into a large kettle.  Add cranberries.  Bring to a boil.  When cranberries begin to pop, continue to cook on the stovetop for 10 minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes, then pour into a food processor or blender.  Blend until smooth.  Strain juice into a jar.  Store in the refrigerator.



The juice is very tart, since it is sugar free.  You will want to add 2 teaspoons of sugar per cup of juice when you are ready to use the juice.  I plan to use Stevia in mine.



For the cocktail:

1/4 c vodka
1/4 c Champagne
1/2 c cranberry juice
1 t sugar or 2 pkg Stevia
crushed ice
1 2" section of orange peel

You can do this two ways:  fill shaker with crushed ice, add ingredients, shake until cold, pour/strain into a red wine glass, top with orange peel.  Two:  add ingredients to red wine glass, add ice, stir until cold, top with orange peel.  It boils down to whether you want ice in your drink or not.

Delicious drink, not overly sweet, and very refreshing!

21 comments :

  1. Oooh, I never even considered making my own cranberry juice! I can't wait to try that, and your fabulous cocktail recipe!

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  2. Oh this sounds so good! Will totally have to try it!

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  3. WOW - this cocktail looks super yummy! I am all about that vodka so with the added cranberry and the champagne - I mean, Cheers to that!!

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  4. This sounds so refreshing and perfect for the holidays. My girlfriend would love this, i shall buy everything so we can make it on Christmas eve. YUM!

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  5. I love the Poinsettia cocktail idea as I've never heard of it, but let's face it, I like almost all vodka cocktails. But as I was reading I also thought how awesome this recipe would be for women who get UTIs or just want better urinary tract health. Love this!

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  6. I would have to skip the cocktail since I don't drink but I do like cranberry juice!

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  7. I have never even thought of making cranberry juice before! What a terrific idea!

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  8. Ohhh yes! I'll have to try this spiked after I am done nursing but I'll try it without the vodka until then. Sounds so good!

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  9. This is a neat idea. I love cranberry juice, and the more natural the better. My children would love seeing how cranberry juice is made.

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  10. Your cocktail recipe sounds so good! What a fun christmas drink!

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  11. I have a bag and a half that I needed something to do with! This would be a perfect idea!

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  12. I love cranberry juice and have never even thought of making my own! This looks delicious!

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  13. I'm not a drinker but let me just say this sounds delicious! I would love to give this a try around the holidays, I bet its really refreshing! - Jeanine

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  14. My husband and my son loves cranberry juice but I always worry about how much sugar is in the juices that they drink. This is great and really lowers concerns about sugar intake.

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  15. OH I want to try this! I love cranberry juice, but the sugar content is so high! What a great idea!

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  16. This sounds so yummy -- sans the alcohol of course. Hubs and I prefer not to drink! but it looks SO pretty and perfect for the holidays!! I love making my own juice!

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  17. I love cranberry juice and never thought of making my own. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I've never thought to make juice with left over cranberries. I usually just freeze mine and then use them in smoothies.

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  19. I'd love to make my own cranberry juice! I don't usually drink juice because I can't have sugar so this is a great alternative x

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  20. Ooo a cool holiday drink! Thanks for the recipe this looks delish I need to recreate it!

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  21. Jan Elmore11:09 PM

    ...oh my...thanks for directions on homemade cran juice and the cocktail. Awesome!

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