Karpalojuoma- Cranberry Sparkle

I had so much success with the Sima, that I wanted to try my hand at another Finnish fermented drink.  This time I choose a cranberry sparkle, made from just four ingredients: cranberry juice, water, sugar and yeast.

I love that such a fun, fizzy, pink-hued drink can be made with such common and simple ingredients.  And perhaps the fermentation process appeals to the dork inside of me who loved chemistry class?  (Although I suppose I could have done without the lame lab partners…)

This drink takes a bit longer to mature than the Sima, but it’s even easier to make… you just need a little patience.  If you happen to have any cranberries stockpiled in the freezer, they make great, festive alternatives to ice cubes.


Karpalojuoma- Cranberry Sparkle

Yield: just shy of one gallon


* 4 cups cranberry juice
* 10 cups water
* 2 cups sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast


In a large stock pot, heat the juice and and water to boiling. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Let stand until lukewarm, about 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Pour into a non-reactive container and add the yeast. Stir to mix. Let stand, partially covered, overnight or about 8 hours.

Pour into sterilized jars with an airtight cap. Let stand until the liquid has little bubbles. Chill and store in the refrigerator.

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3 Responses to “Karpalojuoma- Cranberry Sparkle”

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    patti720 — January 26, 2012 at 3:34 am

    This sounds very refreshing! Ill have to give it a try :) thanks for sharing! I have one question, when you bottled it & waited for the little bubbles, about how long was that?


    • CATE — January 27th, 2012 @ 5:17 am

      Hi Patti- the original recipe said it would take a couple days, but I actually only let them sit out another 12 or so hours. I think it'll depend a lot on how warm it is. Next time I make it I'll take note and update the post.


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    Anna — January 24, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Hi – i’m wondering if it’s possible to make this with an innoculant other than active dry yeast – like with wild yeast from the air (or maybe throw a few cranberries into the primary for the yeasts they have on them) or a probiotic powder or something. Hmmm… Sounds like some experimentation might be in order.


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