Cranberry tea is very easy to make and you can make it from fresh or frozen cranberries. Cranberry juice and dried cranberries are available year round in most grocery stores. Fresh cranberries, on the other hand, are generally only available around Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays. Therefore, if you want to make cranberry tea year round, you will have to stock up on the berries when they are available. They freeze well and will keep for the whole year.
The beauty of making your own cranberry tea is that the tea is free from food additives and preservatives. Plus, it is fresh, which makes it taste better.
Cranberry tea can help with urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and prevent cancer and heart disease. Cranberries are also good for the skin and can help to clear up many skin problems, such as eczema, acne and psoriasis. Mental health can also be improved as it is able to lift depressed moods.
2 cups Cranberries (fresh or frozen)
2 cups Water
Put both ingredients into a pot and bring to a slow boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 5 to 10 minutes until the cranberries are soft. You can use a potato masher to mash them up as they are simmering to release more of the juice. Once softened, remove from heat and strain through a fine strainer to separate the juice from the pulp.
This tea is rather strong and you might want to dilute it with more water. I like to dilute about 1/4 to 1/2 cup cranberry tea with 1 cup hot water. You can also add a natural sweeter and other ingredients for a refreshing cranberry drink. Some of the ingredients to experiment with are lemons, oranges, pineapples, tea and many others.