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Cranberry Simple Syrup

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Cranberry simple syrup is the crown jewel of simple syrups. Natural colored and flavored with fresh cranberries, water and all natural cane sugar, this syrup has many uses to add a festive pop to your holidays.

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Simple ingredients and process pin for Cranberry Simple Syrup | thefreshcooky left to right. fresh cranberries with sugar and water, 2. water, sugar and cranberries in pot. 3. straining cranberries through mesh strainer, 4. scraping off all of the cranberry yum.

Ingredients for Simple Syrup

How Do You Make a Simple Syrup?

It is simple, really — why else would “they” call it “Simple Syrup”? Hmmm?

  • Rough chop cranberries and place in saucepan with water. Bring to simmer over medium heat, reduce to simmer and cook 20 minutes.
  • Gently mash cranberries, straining through a fine strainer or cheesecloth. It should yield about 1 cup of pulpy juice, add water to make a cup if not.
  • In a medium saucepan, add cranberry “juice” and 1 cup sugar. Bring to boil and IMMEDIATELY remove from heat, set aside to cool. Store in fridge. Simple syrup lasts about 1-3 months refrigerated.
  • My syrup was a bit “thick” more like a light jelly, I pulled it off just before boiling. It still tastes amazing, add a bit of water if you desire and shake until mixed, but if it’s more gelatinous do not worry it still works great in your drinks.
Process shots of cranberry simple syrup | left to right. Adding cranberry strains to sugar. 2. bringing to boil. 3. in a long neck pretty bottle. in a small glass pitcher ready to use. www.thefreshcooky.com

How to Use it!

  • In craft cocktails and mocktails!
  • Drizzle over a cake or cupcakes for moisture and taste! Maybe on this Kentucky Butter cake?
  • Drizzle on top of vanilla ice cream and top with some candied cranberries!
  • Sweeten cold drinks like iced tea, lemonade, Lemon-lime soda or seltzer water!
  • GIFT GIVING! My favorite, bottle some up and give as a gift! (attach a recipe or two)
  • Add to pork, chicken or turkey marinade for a sweet and sour taste.
  • Use as a dipping sauce for Monte Cristo sandwiches.
  • Pour onto vanilla or plain yogurt! Yum!
  • Oatmeal, add to overnight oats or hot oatmeal, either would be delicious!
  • Substitute the liquid in a frosting recipe for an all natural pink color.
  • Drizzle over a fruit salad for some extra sweetness
  • Used in place of syrup on pancakes or waffles or even a Dutch Baby.
Image of small glass pitcher with bright red liquid simple syrup inside with sugared cranberries and leaves around.

That’s it! See, I told you, super simple, Cranberry Simple Syrup! Now go on, make yourself a cocktail or a spritzer, you deserve it!

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Yield: 16 oz

Cranberry Simple Syrup

Cranberry Simple Syrup

The crown jewel of simple syrups, this cranberry simple syrup is all natural and made with just 3 ingredients. The ideal and festive mixer for your holiday drinks!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cool Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • 2 cups fresh cranberries, chopped
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 cup all natural cane sugar

Instructions

Simple Syrup

  1. Rough chop cranberries and place in saucepan with water. Bring to simmer over medium heat, reduce to simmer and cook 20 minutes.
  2. Gently mash cranberries, straining through a fine strainer or cheesecloth. It should yield about 1 cup of pulpy juice, add water to make a cup if not.
  3. In a medium saucepan, add cranberry "juice" and 1 cup sugar. Bring to boil and IMMEDIATELY remove from heat, set aside to cool. Store in fridge. Simple syrup lasts about 1-3 months refrigerated.

Notes

Try using this for a Cranberry Lemon Drop Martini

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16 oz

Serving Size:

2 oz

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc.

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