Cleansing Cranberry Lemon Juice Drink

In this post: Cleansing Cranberry Lemon Juice Drink. An all-natural and fresh drink that’s easy to make. Cleanses the kidneys and reduces water retention.

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Today I’m venturing out of my comfort zone just a bit to talk about something healthy…don’t faint from shock! I want to share this cleansing cranberry lemon juice drink because it really did make me feel better. A lot better. After Christmas, I was sluggish and knew I had gained some weight. I couldn’t bring myself to weigh-in, so I wasn’t sure how much damage had been done. Instead of tackling a diet, I decided to try and jump start my system with a cleansing drink. 

In addition to feeling sluggish, I occasionally had a nagging backache. Not in my low back, but up a little higher on either side of my spine…in the location of my kidneys. I didn’t have any other symptoms of a kidney infection, but I had a feeling if I didn’t do something different, I might get one. 

So I googled…and googled some more. I finally decided on this cleansing cranberry lemon juice drink which is a combination of several recipes I found online. I actually lost track because I looked at so many. Here is what I came up with:

Cleansing Cranberry Lemon Juice Drink | All-natural and fresh drink that's easy to make. Cleanses the kidneys and reduces water retention.

Cleansing Cranberry Lemon Juice Drink

All natural and easy to make drink that cleanses the kidneys and reduces water retention. Tastes great too!
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Servings: 1 serving
Author: Ann Drake
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
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  • 1 1/2 cups 100% pure organic cranberry juice
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • Juice from half an orange
  • 2 Tablespoons Organic honey
  • 1 1/2 cups distilled or bottled water


  • Into a 24 oz. mason jar, pour the 1 1/2 cups 100% pure cranberry juice.
  • Add the fresh lemon and orange juice.
  • Add the honey.
  • Fill the jar to the 24 oz. mark with distilled or bottled water.
  • Stir or shake well.
  • Refrigerate if desired or drink at room temperature.
  • Drink all at once or may be consumed over the course of 2 hours.
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Cleansing Cranberry Lemon Juice Drink Tips

  • I really wanted to make my own cranberry juice but was too late to get fresh (or even frozen) cranberries. So I settled for 100% pure organic cranberry juice from concentrate. The brand I bought was R. W. Knudsen and it’s called Just Cranberry. Any brand found in the organic section of your grocery store will work. 
  • Don’t use the Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Cocktail. It isn’t the same thing.
  • I added the honey because, without it, the taste was very tart. You can add any sweetener you like. Some recipes called for Splenda and others used sugar. It’s up to you. 
  • You can substitute a lime for the lemon. A cranberry juice, lime and honey drink would be delicious.
  • I tried to drink it all at once because that’s what was recommended, but I couldn’t. I drank it as quickly as I could and it took about an hour. It still did the trick. 
  • I was able to get two 24 oz. drinks from one bottle of cranberry juice. I drank the two drinks, two days in a row. To finish off the jar, I added what was left to a glass of diet ginger ale. Very tasty!

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When I say I felt better, I really mean it. The ache in my back went away, and I didn’t feel as tired. I also finally had the nerve to weigh myself and the news wasn’t as bad as I thought! I have about five pounds to lose and I think I can handle that. 

*Disclosure: Clearly I’m not an expert. This is not medical advice or any sort of proven treatment. I’m simply sharing something that worked for me!

If you have any tips of your own for feeling better, and you have time, leave a comment so all of us can see. Sometimes my comment section is a wealth of knowledge because everyone is so generous and kind. Thank you all for that! I’ll be back in a few days with some Valentine’s Day decor ideas. Until then…


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  1. 5 stars
    Thanks so much for the Cranberry recipe, much nicer and refreshing then straight Cranberry juice which I find too sweet. I have a UTI so do hope it helps- I changed recipe and added a whole lemon and orange and half a grapefruit and heated the honey to mix, Will be a nice change from other juices. Thanks again for the idea, We all love your recipe

  2. Even if you store it in the fridge do you still have to drink it within two hours?

  3. Katherine says:

    5 stars
    Hi my husband and I tried the recipe today and it actually worked for him faster than me. I wanted to ask how often to you drink the cleanse? Should we do it every other day?


  4. Julie Cooper says:

    Hi Have u eat anything else during your two days detox ? Thank you

  5. Thanks Ann,going to get ingredients for the drink.I think this is something I need. Love your blog keep it up.

  6. Cranberry juice s so good for you . Especially from preventing UTI ! I drink it plain but the lemon and orange sound good ! Ditch the diet ginger ale ( no soda is good for yo especially diet !!!!!

  7. Thank you for the recipe.
    I am also a Sutton, my ancestors from England.
    I will try this drink, and pray it helps me as well :)

  8. I just found out I have diabetes would this be okay ?Also I’m allergic to oranges,tangerines,clementines any substitute suggestions

    1. Hi Bobbi…I honestly don’t feel comfortable answering the question about diabetes. Perhaps you could ask your dr? If you are allergic to oranges, just leave that out. Thank you!

  9. This is just the recipe I was thinking about a few days ago, wondering if I would ever find it again. I did this summer when I was feeling not so good. It worked then, and I just printed it off to put in my Christmas folder. It will be mixed up as soon as i can get to a store for the cranberry juice. I am sure it will help me get rid of the too much of everything feeling many of us have at this time of year. Thank you.

  10. This sounds perfect for me, too Ann! I too have been feeling a little need of “cleansing” after the holidays. {And like you, I’m too scared to step on the scale but I know my clothes have not shrunk! eek} Thank you for this, I’m going to do it!

  11. That concoction sounds like a very good tonic, Ann. I have been wondering if I might have a kidney or bladder infection, so I think I’d better do this drink. I’m glad it worked for you and you are feeling better! Thanks for sharing it.

  12. Not to justify it, but I think it is so common to feel sluggish and out of shape after the holidays. It would be a nice challenge to oneself to go through the holidays with all the healthy lifestyle choices. Maybe next year? Although, with the Valentine’s coming up (chocolate) it is still a good goal to keep in mind.

    I do not believe in “cleansing” per se– I think our bodies are equipped to get rid of toxins, however, this drink sounds delicious. Cranberry has anti-inflammatory properties, the citrus– Vitamine C, and water is essential. I am a big fan of freshly brewed loose leaf tea, sometimes with lemon (no sugar).

  13. Rose Marie Monahan says:

    Dear Ann, it does sound like a good combination and you cant go wrong with anything cranberry. Since you felt better it did the job. I am looking to help water retention. Thank you will give it a try. Row

  14. My girlfriend puts some fresh ginger in her recipe like this too. I’ll pass this one on to her and pin it.

  15. I am going to try this as well. Sounds healthy, which I know I could use an extra dose of since my eating habits have not been the best lately…perhaps this will help kick start me back into making better choices. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Just what I needed Thank You Ann

  17. I’ve always wanted to try a cleansing drink like this! Thanks for sharing Ann. I come from the land of cranberries (Massachusetts) so we have plenty of that :)

  18. This sounds good Ann. I think I can do this. My sister makes a cleansing drink comprised of organic apple cider vinegar and water. She claims it makes her feel fabulous and drinks it every other day. I tried it and before I could get the first swallow down, I ran to the sink to spit it out! I could never get use to that. When I was pregnant 30+ years ago, I was beset with bladder infections. My doctor told me to drink 12 oz. of organic cranberry juice each day. I was amazed, the bladder infections stopped. I have been feeling sluggish and just not quite right since the holidays; perhaps it is the result of too much sugar. I’m just guessing.
    Thanks for sharing, Ann. I’m mixing this drink up tomorrow and hope I feel a bit more energized.

  19. Thanks for this recipe, Ann. We have been following a real food diet since the beginning of January so this drink fits right into our eating plan. Because I love you, I’m going to suggest that you ditch the diet drinks!!! :)

  20. Thank you for sharing this. I’m definitely adding these items to my grocery list and going to give it a try. Very helpful!

  21. I have ingredients on grocery list. Will give it a try. Feeling sluggish and achey. Thanks for this. Can’t hurt.

  22. There are days when I think we might be twins. I get the same ache in my back, enough to wake me at night. After Christmas I thought I could not get enough sleep, which is so abnormal for me. Heading to the health food section in the morning for the cranberry. Recipe going in my permanent file. Thank you, twinsie!

  23. Linda Greene says:

    Thank you so much for the recipe. Always looking for something healthy. Love all of your beautiful work.
    Look forward to seeing what you have for Valentines day.

  24. Pamela LePage says:

    Thanks for the info. I just might try this ,also as I have been dealing with things since Christmas

  25. Teddee Grace says:

    So relieved to learn someone else felt exactly the same way I did after the holidays and also didn’t have nerve to step on the scale, but when they did it wasn’t as bad as they feared! I finally got back on track about January 6 and started entering every calorie that went in my mouth into my on-line food diary. I use Livestrong, but I’m sure there are others that work as well if you still have an issue with Lance Armstrong! In two days I lost four pounds (two quarts) of what I expect was mostly water weight! That will make you feel better fast. I’m going to try your cranberry lemon drink the next time I hit a plateau. I’m in this for the long-run. Thanks!

  26. Most days I drink a similar, very thirst quenching drink. I just have cranberry/raspberry juice (1/4 way up the glass) and fill the rest of the glass with filtered water. Love it! I’m going to try your version, too! Thank you!

  27. Well, now that you mention it, I’ve been feeling almost exactly the same way! Thanks for coming up with this quite doable recipe and for sharing it. I’m off to the grocery!

  28. Thank you for sharing the drink. This one sounds “drinkable”. I tried a few I couldn’t force myself to swallow! Blessings!

  29. Thanks Ann for the recipe! I have felt rather sluggish after the holidays…combined with a bad cold…I need something! This may just do the trick. I usually cut way back on my sugar intake after the holidays…and eat more greens. I will give this a try. Enjoy your day! ;)

  30. Thank you,going to try this tomorrow.Thank you also for your blog I love your down to earth affordable ideas,keep it up.

  31. I think I will have to try this.

  32. Gail True says:

    Thanks Ann for posting and suggesting a healthy lifestyle. I have been eliminating foods containing sugar to eliminate a systemic candida infection. This is making a huge difference! Every morning I drink a “cleansing beverage” with 1 Tbsp. organic apple cider vinegar (with the ‘Mother’), 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice, 6 drops of stevia (natural sweetener), and 10-12 oz. water…. inexpensive and healthy. Ann, may you continue to enjoy good health and live well!!

  33. Thank you for the recipe!

  34. Charmaine says:

    I have been a bit of a slug bug since the holidays. Definitely going to try this! Thanks for the recipe.

  35. Hi Ann – I agree with you about how this drink can make you feel better. I have been using a similar one for years, but that has no honey or sugar. When I drink it every day for a week or two it always amazes me how many compliments I get about my skin looking nice, my eyes brighter, etc. It does take getting used to since it is tart. I mix it with 8oz of water. The one thing that recipes and articles on any lemon or cranberry juice cleansing drink fail to mention , but is so important is to swish your mouth out well with water a few times after drinking it since they both are very acidic and will eat away at the enamel on your teeth. I learned it is best to swish with water first, then brush. :-) I hope you continue to feel great. XO

  36. Thanks for sharing this, Ann! I’ve been hit with a bug twice now. It’s almost “flu-like” in nature. You get the chills, and the body aches, and this time I have a runny nose. I’m soooo over this…will definitely be trying this!

  37. Ann, I’m glad you went organic and “sugar free”, and that it helped you.

    Did you know that sugar is very inflammatory? Splenda especially so….I stopped using it after I googled the side effects. What a difference that made to my knee!

    Artificial sweeteners, as in diet drinks, are horrible for your body. Our Dr told my diabetic husband he would rather see him drink one or two real sodas, as any diets drink. And they cause you to crave more, by they way. The chemical breakdown in the body is similar to formaldehyde. Who needs that? Just something I wanted to share as “food for thought”.

  38. Sandi Weiler says:

    You sound just like I have felt since the holidays.
    I’m going to try this.


  39. if you can’t drink cranberry juice try drinking a very large glass of water (about 16 oz) over the course of an hour, several hours in a row. It can help ease headache & congestion if nothing else.