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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