Fresh Homemade Cranberry Pomegranate Juice

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A non-alcoholic cranberry pomegranate beverage, perfect for holiday entertaining! 100% juice made with fresh, crisp cranberries and sweet pomegranates. Plus, no added sugar, no artificial flavors or preservatives, and 100% Vitamin C.

 

Homemade Cranberry Pomegranate Juice

 

HOMEMADE CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE JUICE

Love this time of the year when supermarkets are filled with fresh fruits. Cranberries, pomegranate, cherries, apples, pears and so many. Honestly I could just survive on fruits alone. I love fresh fruits and love them in any form. Juice being one of the easiest way to intake daily recommended dose of Vitamins, is my favorite way to start the day.

I love the combination of fresh fruit juice. Cranberries and pomegranate are my favorite, packed with so many health benefits. Cranberries are considered as a superfood, high in nutrients and antioxidant content. Pomegranate are packed with antioxidant and are known for its anti-inflammatory properties. While these berries are in season, make the most out of it.

Here’s a great way to incorporate this superfood into your diet. Fresh homemade cranberry pomegranate juice. Love how easy it is to make this juice, packed with nutrients and antioxidants, and is zillion times better than store bought ones. I find store bought juices, more like a sugar syrup than juice. Loaded with sugar, artificial colors and preservatives. 

Pic Shown: Homemade Cranberry Pomegranate juice

 

Homemade Cranberry Pomegranate Juice

 

INGREDIENTS FOR HOMEMADE CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE JUICE

12 oz fresh whole cranberries

2 large fresh pomegranate [around 4 cups pomegranate arils]

5 cups water, divided [3 + 2 cups]

4 tablespoon of sugar or preferred sweetener, adjust to taste [optional]

EQUIPMENTS REQUIRED 

Instant Pot 

Blender

Fine mesh strainer 

Glass Mixing Bowls

1 piece used cotton cloth, for straining 

Glass Pitcher or Carafe

Spatula

HOW TO MAKE FRESH HOMEMADE CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE JUICE

Sharing an easy recipe to make this amazing fresh homemade cranberry pomegranate juice at home. I have used my Instant Pot for this recipe. I love to use my Instant Pot, as it is quick and efficient. However, I have also shared stove top method as well. 

The process of making fresh homemade cranberry pomegranate juice is a 3 step process. First, we make fresh cranberry juice by cooking the cranberries and then strain the cranberries. 

Second, make fresh pomegranate juice by extracting the juice from the pomegranate arils. I find blender works best for this process. Add fresh pomegranate arils to a blender jar along with some water and pulse for couple of minutes. Strain the juice and here you have fresh homemade pomegranate juice.

Lastly, combine fresh cranberries and pomegranate juice, add sugar or preferred sweetener [optional], and refrigerate. Enjoy this fresh homemade cranberry pomegranate juice chilled. Now, how easy it is to make this healthy juice with all the goodness of fresh cranberries and pomegranate without a ton of sugar or any preservatives. Try this recipe once and I guarantee you will never go back to those store bought heavily sugar concoctions. 

 

Homemade Cranberry Pomegranate Juice

 

INSTANT POT FRESH HOMEMADE CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE JUICE

FOR CRANBERRY JUICE: Add cranberries and 3 cups of water in the inner pot. Close the lid, vent sealed. 

PRESSURE COOK (high) for 5 minutes. Allow natural pressure release, around 10 minutes, and then release the remaining pressure manually. Open the lid. Allow it to cool for few minutes.

Note: You can make pomegranate juice while cranberries are pressure cooking.

Place a fine mesh strainer on a glass bowl. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh. Using a spatula, gently press to extract juice.

Note: Press gently to extract juice only, no pulp. 

Save the pulp, you can use it to make Cranberry Sauce. Here’s a recipe for Homemade Cranberry Sauce

FOR POMEGRANATE JUICE: Place 2 cups of pomegranate arils in a blender. Add 1 cup of water. Pulse the mixture for 2-3 minutes. Place a fine mesh strainer on a glass bowl. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh. Using a spatula, gently press to extract juice.

Repeat the process with the remaining pomegranate.

FOR CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE JUICE: Combine cranberry and pomegranate juice.

[OPTIONAL] Turn ON SAUTE (less). Stir in sugar or preferred sweetener to taste,  simmer for 2-3 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Turn OFF SAUTE.

SECOND STRAINING: Place a fine mesh strainer on a glass bowl. Line the strainer with a cotton cloth. Strain the juice.

Transfer the juice to a glass pitcher or Carafe and refrigerate. Serve chilled.

Homemade cranberry pomegranate juice stays fresh for up to a week in the refrigerator or freeze it for up to 3 months.

STOVE TOP FRESH HOMEMADE CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE JUICE

Add cranberries and 3 cups of water in a pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the cranberries are soft and mushy. 

Rest of the recipe is same as Instant Pot. 

 

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TIPS FOR BEST HOMEMADE CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE JUICE

Cranberries and pomegranate are star ingredient of this recipe. Use fresh ingredients if in season. However, you can also use frozen berries for this recipe.

Cook the cranberries until soft and mushy. This helps easily extract the juice from the berries. 

Gently press the cranberries to extract the juice. Remember we only need the juice and no pulp. Pulp will add to the bitterness of the juice.

Pulse the pomegranate arils for couple of minutes, so they release their juices. Do not over blend the mixture.  

Add sugar or preferred sweetener and simmer for 2-3 minutes. No need to boil the juice.

I highly recommend to strain the juice twice. Second time straining helps in removing any leftover bits from the juice.

Cranberry pomegranate juice stores well for up to a week in the refrigerator. Freeze it in ice cubes for up to a 3 months. 

Immediately transfer the juice into a glass bottle or glass pitcher. Do not store the juice in a metal container. Metals react with the juice and can lead to an undesirable taste. 

 

Homemade Cranberry Pomegranate Juice

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

CAN I USE FROZEN BERRIES

Absolutely, you can use frozen berries for this recipe. No need to thaw the berries. However, increase the cooking time by 2 minutes, i.e. cook the berries for 7 minutes.

CAN I MAKE THIS SUGAR-FREE

Yes, you can use sweetener of your choice or add some juice (apple, pear, grapes, plum).

CAN I ADD ANY OTHER FRUIT

Absolutely, you can use other fruits such as apples, pears, plum, or grapes go great with cranberries. You can use actual fruit or their juices, both work fine.

If using juice, add it at the end along with other juices. 

You can also add sliced apples or pears along with cranberries and cook them. Follow rest of the recipe. Apples that are less tart, and more sweet such as Gala, Honeycrisp, or Red delicious apples make an ideal candidate in this recipe.

Bartlett or Bosc pears are sweet and can be used in this recipe.

MY JUICE IS TARTE HOW CAN I FIX IT

This juice is little tart from the cranberries. Sweetness from pomegranate helps reduce the tartness to some extend, but this juice is still tart on its own. You can add some sugar or sweetener of your choice or use some apple, pear, grape, or plum juice in combination.

HOW LONG CAN I STORE THE JUICE

Juice stays fresh for up to a week in the refrigerator. Store it in a clear, glass pitcher or Carafe Do not store the juice in a metal container, as metal reacts with the acid in the juice and can lead to undesirable results.

You can freeze the juice in a ice tray, and use the cubes as and when needed. You can freeze the juice for up to 3 months. 

HOW TO SERVE JUICE

Enjoy a glass of freshly made homemade Cranberry Pomegranate juice on its own or make a cocktail. 

 

Homemade Cranberry Pomegranate Juice

 

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Homemade Cranberry Pomegranate Juice

A non-alcoholic cranberry pomegranate beverage, perfect for holiday entertaining! 100% juice made with fresh, crisp cranberries and sweet pomegranates. Plus, no added sugar, no artificial flavors or preservatives, and 100% Vitamin C.
Course beverages
Cuisine American
Keyword 100% cranberry pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, cranberry pomegranate juice, homemade cranberrry pomegranate juice, instant pot juice, no added sugar juice, pomegranate juice
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6
Author Jyoti Behrani

Ingredients

  • 12 oz fresh whole cranberries
  • 2 large fresh pomegranate [around 4 cups pomegranate arils]
  • 5 cups water, divided [3 + 2 cups]
  • 4 tablespoon of sugar or preferred sweetener, adjust to taste [optional]

Instructions

INSTANT POT FRESH HOMEMADE CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE JUICE

  • You will need Instant Pot 
    FOR CRANBERRY JUICE: Add cranberries and 3 cups of water in the inner pot. Close the lid, vent sealed.
  • PRESSURE COOK (high) for 5 minutes. Allow natural pressure release, around 10 minutes, and then release the remaining pressure manually. Open the lid. Allow it to cool for few minutes.
    Note: You can make pomegranate juice while cranberries are pressure cooking.
  • Place a fine mesh strainer on a glass bowl. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh. Using a spatula, gently press to extract juice.
    Note: Press gently to extract juice only, no pulp.
  • Save the pulp, you can use it to make Cranberry Sauce. Here’s a recipe for Homemade Cranberry Sauce
  • You will need Blender, Fine mesh strainer, Glass Mixing Bowls, Spatula
    FOR POMEGRANATE JUICE: Place 2 cups of pomegranate arils in a blender. Add 1 cup of water. Pulse the mixture for 2-3 minutes. Place a fine mesh strainer on a glass bowl. Pour the mixture through a fine mesh. Using a spatula, gently press to extract juice.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining pomegranate.
  • FOR CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE JUICE: Combine cranberry and pomegranate juice.
  • [OPTIONAL] Turn ON SAUTE (less). Stir in sugar or preferred sweetener to taste, simmer for 2-3 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Turn OFF SAUTE.
  • SECOND STRAINING: Place a fine mesh strainer on a glass bowl. Line the strainer with a cotton cloth. Strain the juice.
  • Transfer the juice to a glass pitcher or Carafe and refrigerate. Serve chilled.
  • Homemade cranberry pomegranate juice stays fresh for up to a week in the refrigerator or freeze it for up to 3 months.

STOVE TOP FRESH HOMEMADE CRANBERRY POMEGRANATE JUICE

  • Add cranberries and 3 cups of water in a pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until the cranberries are soft and mushy.
  • Rest of the recipe is same as Instant Pot.

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Notes

  1. Cranberries and pomegranate are star ingredient of this recipe. Use fresh ingredients if in season. However, you can also use frozen berries for this recipe.
  2. Cook the cranberries until soft and mushy. This helps easily extract the juice from the berries.
  3. Gently press the cranberries to extract the juice. Remember we only need the juice and no pulp. Pulp will add to the bitterness of the juice.
  4. Pulse the pomegranate arils for 2-3 minutes, so they release their juices. Do not over blend the mixture.
  5. Add sugar or preferred sweetener and simmer for 2-3 minutes. No need to boil the juice.
  6. I highly recommend to strain the juice twice. Second time straining helps in removing any leftover bits from the juice.
  7. Cranberry pomegranate juice stores well for up to a week in the refrigerator. Freeze it in ice cubes for up to a 3 months.
  8. Immediately transfer the juice to a glass container or glass pitcher. Do not store the juice in a metal container. Metals react with the juice and can lead to an undesirable taste.
  9. Please refer to post for FAQ 

 

 

 

 

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