Cranberry Mors Drink

This traditional Russian Cranberry Mors Drink is refreshing, rejuvenating and delicious! You can drink your cranberry mors as is, top it with a bit of citrusy soda or even use it as a mixer to make the best vodka cranberry cocktail you’ll ever have!

This Cranberry Mors Drink (клюквенный морс) is something that we like to make all year round! The sweet and tart berry drink is wonderfully refreshing on a hot summer day, but it also provides a much needed dose of vitamin C and nutrients during the winter months.

And for more cranberry recipes, make sure to check out our Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe with Cranberry and Orange and Apple Cranberry Chutney.

Mors in a glass with fresh cranberry garnish.

Cranberry Mors ingredients

Along with water, you’ll need just two ingredients to make this mors drink recipe:

  • Cranberries: While we used fresh cranberries for this recipe, frozen berries would also work wonderfully. And actually, if the fresh cranberries you find look like they’ve seen better days, frozen cranberries are even preferable — they’re frozen almost immediately after harvest so are often better preserved.
  • Honey: I like to use honey to sweeten my mors, but granulated sugar would work just as well. I recommend starting with a bit less honey, and adding more until you reach your preferred level of sweetness.
Fresh cranberries and honey.

Step by step instructions

This cranberry mors drink recipe can be made in four easy steps:

Cranberries in a saucepan.

Step 1: Combine the water and cranberries in a pot and bring to a simmer.

Burst cranberries in saucepan.

Step 2: Simmer until the berries begin to burst. Remove from heat and mash any unburst berries with the back of a spoon or a potato masher. Then simmer for an additional five minutes.

Strained cranberry juice in a pitcher with leftover cranberry pulp.

Step 3: Remove from heat and stir in the honey. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth and discard the pulp.

Overhead view of cranberry juice in glass.

Step 4: Allow to cool to room temperature. Then transfer to the fridge and serve chilled.


After allowing the prepared mors drink to cool to room temperature, transfer to a pitcher or glass jar. Store covered in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Recipe variations

  • Switch up the berries. Mors drink can be made with almost any type of berry. Strawberries, blueberries and lingonberries are all great options.
  • Add a bit of spice! A cinnamon stick or a few whole cloves will give your cranberry mors a spicy twist!
  • Make a cocktail. Use your cranberry mors to make the best vodka cranberry you’ve ever had!
Ruby red homemade cranberry drink.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is mors?

Mors (морс) is a traditional Russian berry drink. It’s made by boiling berries with sugar or honey and is generally served cold.

How do you serve cranberry mors?

Cranberry mors is incredibly refreshing enjoyed chilled. You can top it with sparkling water or citrusy soda if desired.

Can I use different berries?

Yes! Mors can be made with other berries, such as lingonberries, strawberries and blueberries.

What can I use instead of honey to sweeten the mors?

You can substitute the honey for granulated sugar.

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Mors in a glass with fresh cranberry garnish.

Cranberry Mors Drink Recipe

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  • Author: Brit Kapustina
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8
    • Prep Time: 5 minutes
    • Cook Time: 25 minutes
    • Category: Drink
    • Method: Stovetop
    • Cuisine: Russian


  • 12 ounces (350 grams) cranberries, rinsed*
  • 6 cups (1.5 L) water
  • ⅓ cup (120 grams) honey


  1. Add the cranberries to a small pot with the water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the berries begin to burst (about 10 minutes).
  2. Remove the berries from heat and thoroughly mash with the back of a spoon or potato masher.
  3. Return the pot to heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer an additional five minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the honey.
  5. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve and let cool. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 week.


Cranberries: I’ve tested this recipe with both fresh and frozen cranberries and both work great!

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