This recipe is sponsored by Ocean spray which can be used to make this refreshing morning cranberry and honey drink.

Why should I drink cranberry juice in the morning?

This drink is perfect for the mornings as cranberry juice has lots of health benefits. By having it every morning you get into the habit.

This fruity drink combining cranberry juice with orange, lemon and honey is refreshing and a great pick me up to start the day.

cranberry infographic

Alternatives to try in this recipe

Instead of adding lemon to this cranberry and honey drink recipe, you can try it with lime for a slightly different flavour.

The calories are about the same for lemon and lime so this isn’t something that will change.

Why not have some fruit with your drink to fill you up too?

Health benefits of honey

This recipe includes honey in the drink. Whilst we all know that honey and lemon are great for a sore throat there are other benefits too.

Did you know that honey is naturally rich in antioxidants? There have been links highlighted showing that consuming honey can lead to a reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes and even some types of cancer. Have a look and read the research for yourself and see what you think.

Honey does not go out of date and can last forever. Have you tried my honey and soy salmon salad yet?


Commonly used as a healthier alternative to sugar honey is recommended as a natural sweetener though people with diabetes still need to be careful when eating or drinking it.

Honey has also been attributed to lower blood pressure and improving cholesterol.

Another interesting use for honey is to apply topically to wounds or burns to encourage healing. This was done in ancient Egypt and some people still swear by it today. Personally, I would rather drink it than cover myself in it though!

Other cranberry recipes

If you have some cranberry juice then here are some other recipes you might like:

Morning cranberry and honey drink

A great source of vitamin c with not just cranberry juice but also orange and lemon juice!

Other recipes with cranberry juice

Cranberry and apple cider vinegar drink

Cranberry Smoothie

Cranberry tea with lemon and ginger

Cranberry juice can also be enjoyed as part of a cocktail in the evening. Have you considered it with gin? Sea Arch, a gin alternative, have a great recipe for a seaside sunrise cocktail using sea arch (which tastes very like gin but without the alcohol), cranberry juice then topped up with clementine and cinnamon tonic.

Other cocktails with cranberry juice are available so why not try them and see how you can build cranberry juice into your diet?

Cranberry tea
Cranberry hot drink
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Cranberry and apple cider vinegar drink

Morning Cranberry and honey drink

  • Author: Jen Mellor
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Easy


A morning cocktail recipe rich in vitamins and minerals to improve your health and aid normal body processes. A great source of vitamin c.



175ml Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice

Juice of half a lemon

Juice of half an orange

1 tablespoon of honey

175ml water


Pour the cranberry juice into your glass.

Add the lemon/lime and orange juices.

Add the runny honey and water and mix well.

Garnish with a wedge of orange or lemon/lime.

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  1. Loved this! Tried it with the lemon first and then the lime the second time… gotta say that your tweak was fantastic – the lime added the perfect amount of zinginess!