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Cranberry-Lime Spritzer

by Berkeley Wellness  

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.