Hello friends! If you want to delight your friends and family, make this super-easy cranberry simple syrup and keep it stocked in your pantry. It’s delicious when added to lemonades, popsicles, drizzled on pound cake, mocktails, and cocktails like cranberry mint mojitos.
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What is simple syrup used for?
Simple syrup is exactly what it sounds like, a simple syrup made with sugar and water. You know when make ice tea and you add granulated sugar and you have to stir and stir and stir and stir, well, you get the point. It takes forever for the sugar to dissolve and sometimes it just sits there on the bottom of the glass. That’s not very joyful, right?
So, simple syrup is technically your new pantry stocked item. Heated on the stove, the sugar dissolves with the water and you end up with syrup that can be stored away until whenever you need a drizzle of something sweet without the fuss.
Why should you use cranberries in this simple syrup?
Because we don’t do anything ordinary, do we? Making cranberry simple syrup is not your average simple syrup! It leaves you – and your guests – saying WOW!
Which sweetener is best?
This recipe calls for good-old-fashioned cane sugar. By all means, substitute with raw turbinado sugar, coconut sugar, stevia substitutes (just make sure that it is a 1-for-1 replacement), and yes, even honey. But let’s get real for a sec… honey is already in a simple syrup state, so no need to do anything else to that perfect ingredient. Keeping this cranberry simple syrup on hand is just another extension of your awesome entertaining capabilities.
How do you make cranberry simple syrup?
Get ready for the simplest recipe of all time. Of.All.Time.
Are you ready?
You are going to boil water with sugar and add Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries. For over 70 years, they’ve been harvesting cranberries in Southeastern Massachusetts (the heart of “Cranberry Country”) and select only the ripest, freshest fruit to package. That means when you take the bag out of the freezer, you’re going to be delightfully surprised by how plump they are. I know I was!
Here’s how it works: boil ingredients, strain, and store. 1-2-3 and you’re done.
But wait, there’s more!
After you strain and store the cranberry simple syrup, the remains are….. cranberry jam! That’s right, 2 recipes in 1!
How long does the syrup last?
I keep mine in the fridge and expect it to last for months that way. Some keep theirs in their liquor cabinet or pantry. If you do that, use it up quickly so it doesn’t go bad. I would give it a week or so stored that.
Better yet, make up a batch of this super-refreshing cranberry mint mojitos. I mean, what’s not to like about that?! Leave out the rum and you have a perfect mocktail filled with mint, club soda, and the sweet touch of the cranberry simple syrup! Everybody wins!
Okay, I would love to hear what you think about this syrup after you make it – annnnd what you are making with it.
How would YOU use this cranberry simple syrup if you had it in your cupboard right now?
Eat well, my friends.
Cranberry Simple Syrup Recipe
- 2 cups Cape Code premium frozen cranberries
- 1.5 cups sugar
- 1.5 cups water
- Boil water and add ingredients and stir. Lower heat to Low.
- Cook until cranberries open and are esily "smashed" with the back of spoon.
- Strain in bowl using a strainer and the back of the spoon to remove all liquids.
- Store in sealed container.