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Sugar Free Unsweetened Cranberry Juice

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Unsweetened cranberry juice you can make easily at home with fresh fruit. Only 1 ingredient plus water to make refreshing and sugar free homemade cranberry juice.

Pure all natural sugar free cranberries drink.

If you’re looking for a refreshing and healthy drink option, sugar-free unsweetened cranberry juice might be just what you need. Cranberries are packed with antioxidants and have been found to have numerous health benefits, including improving heart health and preventing urinary tract infections. However, many store-bought cranberry juices are loaded with added sugars, which can negate these benefits and add unnecessary calories to your diet. By choosing pure sugar-free unsweetened cranberry juice, you can enjoy all the goodness of this tart fruit without any added sugars or artificial sweeteners.

Unsweetened Cranberry Juice Recipe

Texture: light.
Taste: sour with a strong cranberry flavor.
Simplicity: very easy to make. Only 1 ingredient to make the juice.
Meal Type: drink, Christmas, New Year’s Eve.

Cranberry Juice Benefits

  • Cranberries are rich in vitamin C, E, K1, B6 and antioxidants.
  • They contain many minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, sodium and phosphorus.
  • It is used to treat urinary tract infection, respiratory disorders and heart disease.
  • Cranberries prevent infections.
Cranberries in a glass of homemade drink and few slices of orange.

How to make Cranberry Juice

  1. (Recipe and Video below) You will need 2 INGREDIENTS to make this drink: Cranberries and Water.
  2. Immerse cranberries in a large pot, add water.
  3. Cook on low-medium heat for 45 – 55 minutes.
  4. After cooking use strainer to get a clear drink.
Step by step photos on how to make homemade sugar free cranberry juice.

Sugar Free Cranberry Juice Tips

  • If the drink is to sour for you add a little honey, maple syrup or sugar.
  • There is no need to use the strainer but keep in mind that you will have cranberry pieces in your drink.
  • Sometimes, I push cranberries on the strainer to get more juice out of them. However, the sugar free juice will be more cloudy with mashed fruit.
  • If the drink is too strong for you, dilute with more water.
  • Decorate with fresh slices of orange.
A glass of freshly made homemade unsweetened cranberry juice.

Sugar Free Drink Faq’s

How long does homemade cranberry juice last? You should keep the drink should in refrigerator and it will last approximately one week.

How much cranberry juice can I drink a day? About 16 oz. is ok to drink, sometimes it might upset stomach if you drink too much.

Can you freeze cranberry juice? Yes you can freeze the juice in airtight container for up to three months.

Can I use dried cranberries? No, you can’t use dried cranberries, you need to use fresh cranberries.

Can I use frozen cranberries? Yes! I actually buy lots of cranberries during winter time and I freeze. I make my homemade drink even during summer.

Other Cranberry Recipes

Glasses of cranberries drink served on a silver plate.

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Homemade Unsweetened Cranberry Juice

Homemade all natural pure 1 ingredient sugar free unsweetened cranberry juice.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time55 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 17kcal
Author: Ilona


  • 3 cups cranberries fresh
  • 10 cups water


  • Add water and cranberries to the large pot.
  • Cook on low – medium heat for 45 minutes to 55 minutes. Until cranberries will soften.
  • After cooking use strainer to separate cranberries and juice (optional).
  • Drink unsweetened or add sugar, maple syrup or honey.
  • If the juice is too strong for you; dilute with water.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American



  • I prefer homemade drink because usually juices from the store are loaded with so much sugar. However if the drink is to sour for you add a little honey, maple syrup or sugar.
  • There is no need to use the strainer but keep in mind that you will have cranberry pieces in your drink.
  • Sometimes, I push cranberries on the strainer to get more juice out of them. However, the sugar free juice will be more cloudy with mashed fruit.
  • Decorate with fresh slices of orange.


Serving: 8gCalories: 17kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 16mgPotassium: 32mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 23IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 1mg
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Update Notes: This post was originally published in December, 2015. It was updated with new tips, benefits, video and questions on January 14, 2021.

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  1. This looks great! I always drink cranberry juice to avoid UTI’s but pure cranberry juice is always so expensive!!

  2. This is great! I get a great deal on local cranberries in the fall and have tons in the freezer. I will try this with frozen berries, and make a bunch next fall. It’s so expensive to buy 100% cranberry juice – thank you! Happy New Year 🙂

  3. Happy New Year to you too! Love this colourful cheery drink. I never thought of making my own cranberry juice but LOVE the idea to cut back on sugar. Thanks!

  4. This is going to sound so silly, but I never even considered making homemade cranberry juice! I agree with Lisa, this would be so great in smoothies. I love to add cranberry juice to them, but hate all the sugar. This is such a good option!

  5. I have some leftover cranberries frozen and I think I know what I will use them for. Ilona I love the photos they look so delicious and mouth watering when I first saw them I’d never thought it “just” cranberry juice and not some sophisticated cocktail 🙂

  6. Thank you for this recipe! I am fine with no sugar–and the commercial ‘unsweetened cranberry only’ juice is so expensive. Can’t wait to check out more of your recipes.

  7. Hi.
    Can I use dried sugarfree cranberries, since we don’t have fresh ones where I live? If it’s possible – do the quantities of the ingredients remain the same? Does the nutritional value of the juice remain the same?
    Thank you.

    1. Hello Judy! No, dried cranberries won’t be good for this recipe. How about during winter time? Can you find fresh cranberries in the store at winter? We don’t have it all year long too, but once they are sold in stores in winter I buy more and freeze them. Then during the year I make the juice from frozen cranberries.

      1. Thank you so much for your detailed answer. I really appreciate it. Unfortunately we don’t have fresh cranberries ever, but I’ll look for frozen ones in the supermarket.
        Only last week – “by mistake” – I got to know your blog, and I love it.
        I’m sure I’ll benefit from your knowledge and information.

  8. I love cranberry juice but way too much sugar. I am borderline diabetic so really have to watch sugar. I dilute and drink. I’m making homemade unsweetened tomorrow. Thank you.

    1. Definitely to sweet. I drink this unsweetened cranberry juice all year long. It doesn’t bother me there is no sugar in it. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do:) If you prefer You can always sweeten a little with your own sweetener.

  9. Hi! How long does the juice last in the fridge, and do you know how much to reduce the water in the recipe to create a concentrate? I’m thinking about trying it, except making a concentrate of it so I can store it in the freezer.

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