Making Homemade Blackcurrant Juice (Mors) is cheaper and easier to make than you think! A pressed juice is also much healthier, with more vitamins than diluted store bought juice drinks.
In Russia, a popular homemade juice is called Mors drink, usually made from berries like cranberries, raspberries, lingonberries, blueberries and blackcurrants. You can buy this in stores, but it’s easy to make, especially if you have a lot of these berries growing in your garden! Well, maybe not the cranberries! Морс из Черной Смородины is how you say Blackcurrant Mors in Russian.
How to make Blackcurrant Juice?
I make blackcurrant juice with added cranberries for a great flavour kick. Fresh blackcurrants and cranberries are hard to find here in Australia, so I use frozen berries when making this Homemade Cranberry Blackcurrant juice. This works great, just allow to thaw to room temperature before smashing them with a pestle and mortar. You could throw it all into a food processor and pulse to break up, but I like the original method of making homemade pressed juice. Squeeze through a cheesecloth for pure juice, then use the fruit pulp to a quick boil for a 2nd run of juice! You could us only blackcurrants, it would be like a fresh Ribena cordial juice.
Is Blackcurrant Juice good for you?
Definitely. Black currants and Cranberries are high in Vitamin C, antioxidants and anthcyanins. This can help strengthen your immune system and help with colds and flus. That makes this fresh pressed Blackcurrant juice incredibly healthy for you! It’s a bit thicker than juice, due to it’s concentration, I try to make this last as long as I can. Usually I will make this drink in the summer, or for special celebrations.
Mors juice has been made in Russia for over 500 years, and was originally sweetened with honey. I just recently found out that many Americans don’t know what Blackcurrants are, as the berries were made illegal in the US in the early 1900’s. Some states have recently relaxed their laws, so if you can, find some local blackcurrants and try this Cranberry Blackcurrant juice.
When blackcurrants are in season, I also make a Russian Kvass with blackcurrants, a fermented bread drink. A popular drink in Russia, served in the summer. Hard to explain the taste, it’s like a sweet non-alcoholic berry beer.
Here is my delicious homemade juice from pressed blackcurrants and cranberries called Mors. Enjoyed in Russia for over 500 years. Full of vitamins and antioxidants. Nothing beats homemade juice! Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
Homemade Cranberry Blackcurrant Juice (Mors Drink)
A delicious homemade blackcurrant juice from pressed blackcurrants and cranberries called a Mors Drink. Enjoyed in Russia for over 500 years. Full of vitamins and antioxidants. Nothing beats homemade juice! Homemade Blackcurrant Juice (Mors Drink)
- ½ lb black currants
- ½ lb cranberries
- 2 litres water
- sugar to taste
Mash the black currants and cranberries using a wooden pestle (rolling pin end), alternatively put them through a food processor and gently pulse until they are chopped up.
Place the fruit pulp into a cheesecloth and squeeze until the juice is removed from the pulp. Set the pure juice aside.
Put the fruit pulp from the cheesecloth into a saucepan. Add the water and bring to a boil and allow to simmer for about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain the juice through the cheesecloth one last time. Discard the fruit pulp.
Add the previously squeezed pure juice to the cooled juice mixture. Sweeten with sugar to taste.