JOYFUL BERRIES ##CRANBERRY DRINK WITH A HINT OF GINGER ROOT

FRESH CRANBERRIES AND GINGER ROOT
FRESH CRANBERRIES AND GINGER ROOT

Yes, I still have some. Over the years, during the Christmas holidays when the marketplace is loaded with cranberries, I often purchase extra and store them  in the freezer. They come in handy throughout the new year for quite an extended time. The last holiday was no different.

Not only are cranberries refreshing, but based on studies these berries are loaded with health properties that prevent urinary tract infections and oral diseases. In addition, they provide an enormous amount vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for the body. Of course, I can’t say enough about root ginger. It aids with nausea, joint pains, indigestion and is excellent for flavoring dishes.

So, this morn, I paid a much-needed visit to my freezer and retrieved a bag of these antioxidant and fiber rich berries. Of course, it’s easy to purchase a store-bought version of cranberry drink at my neighborhood store. But, why should I when I can do my home-made concoction? And, the beautiful thing is that it only takes a couple of ingredients (cranberries and ginger. There are no preservatives.

Cranberries and finely chopped ginger along with water were placed in a stock pot. These were brought to a boil and simmered on low heat for approximately 12 minutes. After cooling, mixture was added to blender and pureed to a smooth consistency.  No sugar was added; however, any sweetener can be added for your taste preference.

I served my refreshing cranberry and ginger drink after chilling inside the refrigerator. It was tart and for me, just sweet enough.

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