This is my lovely, cooling and actually good-for-you version of sugar-laden “cranberry juice drinks”. It’s great value as a little of the 100% pure juice goes a long way. It’s a great deckchair drink in this glorious heat and adults seem to like it at summer parties. Don’t try to drink this without the stevia sweetening – it’s too bitter even for me! I’ve used the 100% safe, calorie free sweetener called stevia which I order from John de Courcy’s Delgano food company in Co. Wicklow (he also sells at Dublin Food Coop www.dublinfood.coop in Dublin 8 on Saturdays). A 50ml bottle lasts for ages. Beware so-called stevia products that actually mostly contain sucralose, aspartame, fructose and other toxic sweeteners. Sometimes, if I run out of stevia, I use xylitol to sweeten instead, just stir well to dissolve. NB Xylitol is NOT suitable for a ketogenic diet.
Makes 1 litre
100ml Biona Cranberry Pure Superjuice (from health shops)
35 drops Delgano Natural Stevia Drops to sweeten (see above or “larder & shopping” for supplier)
1 litre chilled still or fizzy water
Sprigs of mint to decorate (optional)
Mix everything up, add more stevia if you need to, some ice and a few sprigs of mint if you feel like it.
This drink is suitable for a low GI diet. It contains so little natural sugar (at .4g per 100ml) that it won’t upset your blood sugar levels or lead to dips in energy or mood. Even if you are following a very low carbohydrate (ketogenic) diet you can drink up to 2 litres a day of this. Cranberry juice naturally contains a substance called D-mannose, which can inhibit certain types of bladder infections by stopping bacteria from attaching to the bladder lining. Click here to read more about D-mannose.