Some cocktails acquire their red color from cranberry juice.
Cranberry juice is the juice extracted from the fruit of the cranberry, a mat-shaped perennial shrub native to eastern North America. There are many uses for this juice, from a daily glass to support a healthy body and heart to a juicer for cocktails and drinks. Pure juice is available in many supermarkets, although it can be difficult to find without high-fructose corn syrup, and mixed juice drinks that include it are also readily available. As is the case with other fruit juices, the health benefits of cranberries are best found in juices without artificial sweeteners.
Vodka, which can be mixed with cranberry juice to make a cranberry vodka.
As a healthy food, cranberries have several benefits. Drinking cranberry juice makes the urine more acidic, which can be highly beneficial for urinary tract infections. While drinking water and juice will also help to cleanse the kidneys and urinary tract if they are infected, the juice actually helps the body actively fight bacteria. Blueberries also appear to reduce bad cholesterol in the body, making them a heart-healthy food, and they are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. As a result, a glass every now and then can be highly beneficial.
A glass of cranberry juice.
Many fruit juices use cranberry juice as a blender, as it has a unique acidic flavor that can make other juices taste tastier and more complex. A blend may have a high percentage of cranberry, using another fruit like raspberry as a sweetener, or it may have a cranberry twist that is intended to enhance the flavor of the juice, or to moderate the sweetness of naturally sweet fruit. White cranberry juice, by the way, is made from cranberries picked before they reach full ripeness and tends to be a little sweeter. Look for juices with natural fruit sweeteners, honey or cane sugar if possible.
Cosmopolitans made with cranberry juice are a popular cocktail at parties.
Many alcoholic drinks also call for cranberry juice, as is the case with cosmopolitans, crantinis or the simple vodka with cranberry. The sour flavor complements a wide range of alcohols and can help cut through their bitterness and intensity. As the juice also has a rich and distinctive ruby red color, it is also used to add a pop of color to otherwise dull drinks. In some cases, a drink may be accompanied with candied or fresh cranberries. Virgin drinks can also be made with cranberry juice, for those who prefer to abstain.