Cranberry Turkey Brine

Cranberry turkey brine ingredients
Claire Cohen
Ratings (31)
  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 12-14 cups (12 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
41 Calories
0g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

What better way to brine a turkey than with cranberries? This turkey brine is perfect for a traditional dinner. The slight acid of this brine really helps carry flavor into the meat.


  • 2 quarts/1.9 liters cranberry juice
  • 1 quart/950 ml water
  • 1 cup salt/240 ml (or 1 1/2 cups/360 ml Kosher or coarse salt)
  • 1/2 cup/120 ml apple juice
  • 1/2 cup/120 m; orange juice
  • 12 cloves garlic (unpeeled and lightly smashed)
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 6 to 8 bay leaves

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Combine everything inside a large pot.

  3. Add turkey to pot, making sure that brine covers turkey. If not, add more water to the mixture. Brine for 1 hour per pound.

  4. Thoroughly rinse all the brine from the turkey, inside and out, before cooking. Otherwise, there will be a salty flavor to the turkey. 

  5. Cook your turkey and enjoy!