How to Make Your Own Cranberry Wine

Tis’ the season, of both cranberries and wine, so try this fun project at home while you have the family gathered over the holidays

Jane Bruce
Make your own bottle of cranberry wine for next year's Thanksgiving.

Looking for something festive to do over the holiday weekend that involves the whole family? For those of you who enjoy your vino, making wine is a fun project to do with your family over the holidays, and the best part is that your wine will be ready for you to enjoy during next year’s festivities.

How to Make Your Own Cranberry Wine

Now, you’re probably asking yourself why the Cook editors are telling you to get into winemaking, but for us, it was more about the recipe used for the wine than the actual fermentation-yeast-makes-alcohol wine-talk that got us excited when we first heard about it. As many of you may very well know, wine is a process that starts with the grape that you choose to put in it, and because we wanted to do something innovative – and festive – with our wine recipe, we chose to use cranberries instead.


It may sound like a crazy idea, but when we started the project a year ago, I don’t think we could have imagined how good our cranberry wine tastes today. It took a lot of labor of love, and for many of us cooking fanatics, trials and tribulations, as we were fairly new to the wine making game. With a few helpful hands from our friends at Wine Maker’s Depot and Brooklyn Home Brewery, we were able make homemade cranberry wine using our own tailored recipe. Cheers to that.

Anne Dolce is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @anniecdolce

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