Seasonal Cocktail Tip: How to Make Cranberry Simple Syrup

Whip up this easy cranberry simple syrup and keep it on hand this month for fun, seasonal cocktails, like a cranberry gina and tonic.

Seasonal Cocktail Tip: How to Make Cranberry Simple Syrup

Click here for a cranberry gin and tonic recipe.


Cranberry Simple Syrup
Recipe Type: Cocktail
  • 340g (12 oz) fresh cranberries
  • 300g (1½ cups) granulated sugar
  • 375ml (1½ cups) water
  1. Rinse the cranberries then prick them three or four times with a toothpick.
  2. In small saucepan, combine water and sugar over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cranberries.
  3. Cover and allow to cool completely, stirring occasionally – for best results, allow to steep in the fridge for 24 hours or more – then strain the liquid into a clean glass bottle, allowing the cranberries to drain well.
  4. Store in the fridge for up to three months.
You have a few options for the cranberries after you make the syrup…

To garnish those seasonal cocktails – spread the cranberries on a baking sheet so they’re not touching and freeze them. When frozen, transfer to a container to store in the freezer to use as a garnish in place of or in addition to ice cubes.

For use as decoration or just for snacking – spread the cranberries on a sheet of baking paper and coat generously with granulated sugar and allow to dry. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


Rachael Hooper

I live in Geneva, Switzerland, where I moved with my family from Australia in 2001. I have a husband whom I adore, two adult sons and a delightful daughter-in-law, I’m an EFL teacher, I love to travel and I spend as much time as possible in the kitchen. Cooking, for me, is all about sharing delicious, healthy and sometimes wickedly indulgent food - either literally, at the table, or metaphorically, via the internet. I have a burning passion for Italian food, I also dabble in Middle Eastern, French and Asian cooking, as well as trying my hand at cakes, desserts and breads. In fact, baking has become a bit of an obsession! I'm always ready for a challenge and I have developed a "never-say-die" attitude in the kitchen.

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