How to Make Cranberry Punch

Make Your Own Cranberry Punch l A few easy steps to have homemade holiday cranberry punch l Homestead Lady (.com)If you can put cranberries and spices into a pot, you can make your own cranberry punch. Here’s how.

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Cranberry Delights

We love raw cranberry sauce and eat it quite often this time of year. It makes a great additive to breakfast or lunch pitas and is tasty paired with homemade cheeses like feta. For a great raw cranberry sauce recipe, click here.

For holiday dinners I usually make a warm cranberry sauce. Here’s a recipe I’ve used and enjoyed from Wellness Mama. The last time I made this recipe, I was in a hurry and didn’t simmer my berries as long as I usually do. The result was that I had a lot of cranberry juice left in the pan after I’d made the sauce. There was no way I wasting that gorgeous stuff so, voila, cranberry punch was born!

Try these Hearth Healthy Pancakes with cranberry powder you can dehydrate yourself!

Incidentally, this is a great project in which to enlist your kids. The red cranberries are inviting and you can have fun making a delicious mess together in the kitchen.

How to make cranberry punch

  1. To make a quick cranberry punch, pour one medium sized bag (3-4 cups) of cranberries into a saucepan and cover the berries with filtered water.
  2. Simmer them until their skins pop.
  3. Mush them in the pan a bit with a potato masher and strain the berries out, saving the juice. How to Make Cranberry Punch l Cook and Strain l Homestead Lady (.com)
  4. This produces a gorgeous cranberry juice which, if you want to simmer it longer to remove more water, will become a lovely cranberry concentrate to freeze for later.
  5. To drink right away as a cranberry punch, combine the cranberry juice with nearly equal parts orange juice. How much orange you use will depend on how much cranberry juice you ended up with. That’s really determined by how much water and cranberries you start out with. Plus, taste is very relative to start by adding one cup of orange juice at a time until it tastes balanced. You’re smart, you’ll figure it out – you just want enough orange juice so you can taste it. If you get too much orange, that’s all you’ll taste.
  6. Transfer your mixed juice to a medium sized pan.
  7. Add Wassail or mulling spices like clove and cinnamon to a tea ball and submerge it in your juice. How to Make Cranberry Punch l Use mulling spice for the perfect kick l Homestead Lady
  8. Put your saucepan on you stove under low heat to gently warm the juice and coax out the spicy flavors. Let the spices steep for about twenty minutes, keeping the juice warm but not boiling.
  9. Add warmed, raw honey or a touch of raw sugar to the pot to taste.
  10. To serve warm, transfer to a crock pot on low. This is also wonderful on ice.

Where’s the Cranberry Punch?

I meant to photograph it for you so you could see the color and consistency but by the time I came back with my camera, the pitcher was empty and it was nearly all down the hatches of my family!

Note to self:  When preparing food or drink for blog posts, place a note nearby to stave off hungry people while you go fetch your camera. Consider a growling pit bull as well.

Seeds in the Cranberry Punch

By the way, you can strain out the seeds and spices by pouring the punch through some cheesecloth. You may not be fond of remnants in the bottom of your cup.

I have a weirdo, organic connection to seeds and I’m always happy to consume them – chia seeds, pumpkins seeds and even cranberry seeds. Seeds are like little pockets of life and I could sure stand to have that energy in my bloodstream!

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16 thoughts on “How to Make Cranberry Punch

  1. Oh, dear Homestead lady, Your post is just the prettiest and most interesting thing! I understand fully your connection with seeds. I love saving and re-planting them and use chia in soups, and everything!
    I would like to feature your post next week on the Wednesday ‘EOA’ link-up! Glad I found your bolg, too!

  2. Dear Homestead Lady,
    I am so, so sorry about what I am about to say. I was so wanting to feature your blog post, but I cannot. I hadn’t seen the Hunger Games banner in your sidebar at that time. I know you probably will not understand, but I can’t bring others to your site with that there.
    I don’t want to offend you, but my faith in Jesus causes me to pause. I am basing my decision on this scripture: “…trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Do not participate in the unfruitful deeds of darkness, but instead even expose them; for it is disgraceful even to speak of the things which are done by them in secret.…” Ephesians 5:11
    I seldom decline to do what I said I would do. I said ‘I would like to’., but now I cannot. Thank you for understanding.
    Jacqueline PS I looked for an email, but could not find one, so I am leaving this here. Thank you.

    1. No worries, Jacqueline! It’s not a banner, fyi – it was a pin that a preparedness website created to spoof the popular movie with tips for preparation. After having just read the books, it was a particularly powerful pin to come across with good information on becoming more prepared. It’s interesting you would bring it up, though; as deeply Christian myself I found the books/movies to be really thought provoking. I know nothing of the author or why the books were penned but they made me sit back and examine what happens when we take away a person or a people’s agency – their free will. It’s the one thing God wants and it’s the one thing He can’t, by His own laws, take. Isn’t it interesting that that’s the first thing Mammon makes a play for? I just read the last book and am still pondering it. I keep asking myself, what am I willing to sacrifice for; have I already sacrificed too much in the way of freedom? Where can I turn for peace when everything around me is…broken? Thankfully, you and I both know the answer to that question! In Him who loved us first, Merry Christmas!

  3. Hello, stopping over from Natural Family Friday. I’m on a cranberry kick and love your cranberry juice idea. I never thought to add mulling spices and will definitely gift it a try. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Cranberries are such a healthy food filled with many nutriments and antioxidants. This sounds like a wonderful punch and so perfect for a holiday party. Thanks for sharing Visiting from Real Food Fridays Blog Hop.

  5. Oh I love this, and the consuming the seed part is wonderful. Pinning this to my health and wellness board, I’ll be featuring your post tonight, along with posting it on the Real Food Fridays Facebook group, and pinning to the Real Food Fridays Pintrest board.

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