To remove the lime zest (the thin, colored portion of the peel), use a vegetable peeler to take it off in strips. Try to get just the zest portion, because that’s where all of the flavor is.
2 bags (12 ounces each) fresh or frozen cranberries
4 cups apple juice
3 tablespoons honey
Zest of 1 lime
⅔ cup fresh lime juice (about 5 limes)
1. In a large saucepan, combine the cranberries, apple juice, honey, and lime zest. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the berries have all popped, about 15 minutes.
2. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, pushing on the berries to extract as much liquid as possible.
3. Let cool to room temperature, then transfer the cranberry-lime juice to a jar or juice container with a tight-fitting lid. Stir in the lime juice and shake to combine. Store in the refrigerator. Makes five cups juice.
4. For one spritzer: Spoon ¼ cup of cranberry-lime juice into a tall glass and add ½ cup chilled seltzer. Add ice if desired.
Nutrition per ¼ cup juice: 51 calories, 0.1g total fat (0g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 2g dietary fiber, 13g carbohydrate, 0g protein, 4mg sodium.
Good source of: anthocyanins
Cranberry-Grape Spritzer: Follow the directions for Cranberry-Lime Spritzer, but use white grape juice instead of apple juice. Use lemon zest and juice instead of lime, and reduce the lemon juice to ½ cup.
From The Wellness Kitchen, by the staff of The Wellness Kitchen and the editors of the University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter.