You can, of course, buy cranberry juice everywhere, but this has a much more intense flavour and a vivid scarlet colour that will make you feel fabulously festive. You can save the strained-off fruit and use it as a topping for muesli, stir it into porridge or add it to a fruit loaf or teabread.
MAKES ABOUT 600ML
(20FL OZ) 250g (9oz) granulated sugar 400ml (14fl oz) water 200g (7oz) cranberries, rinsed
2 finely pared strips of unwaxed orange or clementine rind
piece of cinnamon stick 30ml (2 tablespoons) freshly
squeezed orange or clementine juice, strained
soda or sparkling water, to serve
Put the sugar in a saucepan and add the measured water. Heat over a low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has completely dissolved. Bring to the boil and add the cranberries, orange or clementine rind and cinnamon. Simmer for 5 minutes until the skins of the cranberries have split but the berries are still holding their shape. Take off the heat, add the orange or clementine juice and leave to cool.
Strain the contents of the pan through a fine sieve into a wide-necked jug or bowl, then pour the liquid through a funnel into a sterilized bottle or other airtight container, seal and leave in the refrigerator for 24–48 hours before using; it will keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
To serve, dilute 4:1 or 5:1 with soda or sparkling water.
More delicious non-alcoholic drinks recipes in Fiona Beckett’s How to Drink Without Drinking