This is a great alternative to the store bought version and extremely zesty and fresh tasting.

Makes 8 servings


4 litres of cold water
8 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup sugar
Juice from 2 lemons and zest
1/2 cup of fresh orange juice


  1. In a large saucepan, bring water and cranberries to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until berries begin to pop approx. 20 minutes.
  3. Strain through a fine strainer, pressing mixture with a spoon; discard berries (or keep the pulp in the freezer which can be used for baking at a later stage).
  4. 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.
  5. Remove from the heat. Cool. Transfer to a pitcher; cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  6. Serve over ice with a slice of lemon or lime for decoration.


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