Homemade Cranberry Grape Juice
Juice from cranberries and grapes has a very specific aroma and is very healthy, loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, and other health-improving compounds.
Fresh cranberries can be somewhat difficult to produce juice, but it can be done even without cooking. And when combined with grapes, with a few drops of lemon or lime, one gets a great tasting and refreshing beverage.
Published: September 21, 2022.
How to Juice Cranberries
Cranberries are not the kind of fruit that produces a lot of juice when being juiced with the usual methods.
However, if You have a strong cold-press masticating juicer, it will produce an acceptable amount of cranberry juice, while the solids can be used for pies, jams, and similar processed foods.
However, if You have a blender, put 2 cups of cold water and 3-4 cups of cranberries in the blender, blend on low to medium speed until the liquid in the blender is smooth and thick, without larger chunks - it takes usually 2-3 minutes for the cranberries to blend well.
Then, put the blended cranberries in the fridge overnight to steep.
In the morning, strain the juice through a very fine mesh strainer while using some force to remove all the juice from the solids, which can be used to make other foods, like sauces, pies, jams, etc.
Mix Cranberry Juice With the Grape Juice
Grapes are, on the other hand, very easy to juice - use any type of juicer that will remove all the solids from juicy and tender grapes.
Now that you have both cranberry and grape juice, mix them in a 1:2 to 1:5 ratio, and if needed, add some water.
Also, a few drops of lemon or lime can improve the aroma even more - serve cold, with some ice and a lemon/lime wedge.
Note: some people prefer cranberry grape juice to be served at room temperature.
Since cranberries have a very specific aroma and taste, to say the least, feel free to either add more grape juice or dilute the juice with some water.
Grape juice has plenty of naturally occurring sugars/simple carbs, and adding sugar to sweeten the juice is not recommended - if You must, use stevia or some similar natural sweetener.
Note: the actual color of the juice depends on the grapes' color and can vary significantly.
What Is Cranberry Grapes Juice Good For
Both cranberries and grapes have many health benefits, especially combined, since they complement each other well. These health benefits include:
- Help and prevent Urinary Tract Infections (UTI),
- Help fight cancers,
- Increase HDL (goof) cholesterol and decrease LDL (bad) cholesterol,
- Fight bacteria in the mouth - dental help,
- Boost immune system,
- increase blood flow in the brain, etc.
While there is no magic food, cranberry grape juice is very close to that - feel free to enjoy it as part of healthy and balanced nutrition.
And if You have home grown grapes and cranberries, excellent - they are much better than the commercially grown fruits.