An easy homemade cranberry simple syrup recipe that is perfect for cocktails, especially around the holidays!
Cranberries are a popular superfood that grow on long rows of vines in marshes or bogs. The marshes are flooded as part of the harvesting process. You can read more about this interesting harvest here!
Cranberries have many health benefits too. They’re a great source of vitamins and antioxidants.
These little berries play a big part in our traditional holiday food and decor! Cranberry sauce is a staple dish for Thanksgiving, as it goes great with turkey! For Christmas we use is in cocktails and desserts. We even add it to wreaths, tablescapes, and tall vases. It’s a very versatile berry!
Since we use it so often in cocktails, we made a cranberry simple syrup that’s an easy addition to gin and tonics, vodka sodas, holiday punches and more! It’s super simple using only three ingredients and about 15 minutes!
How to Make Cranberry Simple Syrup
You’ll need a sieve, small saucepan, wooden spoon and a jar to store the simple syrup.
In a saucepan combine sugar, water, and fresh cranberries.
Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring so the sugar doesn’t burn.
Boil for a few minutes, then turn the heat to medium and to let the cranberries pop and soften and the sugar melt.
After about 15 minutes the cranberries will be totally soft and the texture will syrupy.
Strain the mixture through a sieve into a jar with a large opening or a bowl.
Press down with a wooden spoon to get all of the juice and flavor out of the cranberries and through the sieve.
WHAT IS SIMPLE SYRUP MADE FOR?
It’s made to sweeten cocktails, coffee, desserts, and other dishes. It’s a liquid sweetener made from water and sugar. It can dilute the sweetness and you can alter it to make different flavors.
WHAT SUGAR SHOULD I USE?
Raw sugar is the best to use. You can also use cane sugar and granulated sugar too. You can also make a brown sugar simple syrup for winter cocktails or cakes.
HOW TO STORE
Store in a sterile, airtight container in the refrigerator. To sterilize a glass bottle or container, pour boiling water into the bottle and dump it out before adding the syrup.
Pro tip – Mark the bottle with the date so you know how long it’s been in there. You can just use a piece of tape and stick it to the bottom of the jar.
We also love using these bottles to serve it in… they’re only $6! They look nice with an herb inside the bottle too.
WHAT IS SIMPLE SYRUP MADE OF?
It’s made of equal parts of sugar and water. It’s a diluted sweetener used in cocktails and some desserts. You can use different variations and if you need a thinker simple syrup, try rich simple syrup. Rich simple syrup is a 2:1 ratio, that’s 2 parts sugar to 1 part water.
HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP SIMPLE SYRUP?
It should be stored in the refrigerator and will last about 1 month. It can go bad after a month, so always make sure you smell it before using it.
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF SIMPLE SYRUP HAS GONE BAD?
The syrup will start to grow mold and will also look a little cloudy and separated. This means it’s not good and should not be consumed. Make another fresh batch to use
DRINK RECIPES THAT USE SIMPLE SYRUP
Holiday Cocktails You’ll Love!
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Cranberry Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- In a saucepan combine sugar, water, and fresh cranberries.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring so the sugar doesn’t burn.
- Boil for a few minutes, then turn the heat to medium and to let the cranberries pop and soften and the sugar melt.
- After about 15 minutes the cranberries will be totally soft and the texture will syrupy.
- Strain the mixture through a sieve into a jar with a large opening or a bowl.
- Press down with a wooden spoon to get all of the juice and flavor out of the cranberries and through the sieve.