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Cranberry Simple Syrup

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This tart and tangy cranberry simple syrup adds a ton of cranberry flavor to any dish. Use it in cocktails, salad dressings and sweet treats!

For years Kim and I have made our own sodas and sweet drinks. I enjoy getting into the kitchen and creating new syrups.

Kim enjoys drinking them. It’s a match made in heaven, right? Now, I’ve already shared a few of our creations.

Like our cranberry mojitos, blueberry soda and our raspberry Italian soda, they’re perfect for the Summer months.

Cranberry simple syrup in a tall pitcher.
You can make this simple syrup as sweet or as tart as you want!

Today, we’re sharing our cranberry simple syrup, which is perfect for Fall.

This syrup, like most simple syrups, is super easy to make and only uses 3 ingredients.

The longest part of the recipe is waiting for the liquid to cool so you can strain it. So, shall we get started?

A close-up view of the syrup in the pitcher.
Think of all the tasty cranberry dishes you can make with this syrup.

How to make cranberry syrup from scratch?

First, place a large stockpot over low heat. After that, pour in the water, sugar, and cranberries.

Water, cranberries, and sugar in a stockpot.
Stir the liquid from time to time so the sugar dissolves.

Next, let the mixture cook for about 30-minutes. Be sure to stir the cranberries while the liquid cooks down.

The liquid has cooked down to a thick syrup.
Don’t expect a thin syrup. Instead, this recipe creates a concentrated one.

Then, turn off the heat and let the liquid cool for about an hour. Afterward, grab a mesh sieve or strainer.

The cranberries being strained through a mesh sieve.
You can strain the liquid into a measuring cup or directly into a mason jar.

Strain the syrup to separate the cranberries from the liquid. Last, transfer the syrup to a container with a lid and store it in your fridge.

An up-close view of the syrup being strained into a measuring cup.
The recipe makes about 2-cups of the cranberry simple syrup.

That’s it, your cranberry simple syrup is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy it and wish you all the best 🙂

Recipe Tips and FAQ’s:

  • You can cover the cranberries while they cook. However, you’ll need to keep an eye on the mixture, as it can boil over the sides of the pot.
  • This recipe uses fresh cranberries. But, you can still make it with frozen ones. Just be sure to thaw and drain them first.
  • Our syrup is tart. So, if you want a sweeter cranberry syrup, then add more sugar or sweetener while it cooks down.

How long does cranberry simple syrup last?

Homemade versions will last up to a week in your fridge, when properly stored in a sealed container (like a mason jar). Store-bought versions should have an expiration date on the package.


What can I use simple syrup for?

Simple syrups have a lot of uses in the kitchen. Many flavored cocktails use simple syrups. Also, it can be used to flavor breads, cakes, pancakes, icings, frostings, and the list goes on and on.
For example, if you wanted to make a cranberry buttercream frosting, then start with a vanilla frosting as the base.
After that, add 1-2 tablespoons of the cranberry simple syrup. Whip everything together and you’ll have a cranberry flavored frosting for cakes or cupcakes.

The finished syrup surrounded by cranberries.
Remember, the syrup will only last about a week in your fridge.
A close-up view of the syrup in the pitcher.

Cranberry Simple Syrup

Yield: 2-Cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

This tart and tangy cranberry simple syrup adds a ton of cranberry flavor to any dish. Use it in cocktails, salad dressings and sweet treats!

Ingredients

  • 16 Ounces Water
  • 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
  • 12 Ounces Fresh Cranberries

Instructions

Place water, sugar, and cranberries into a large, tall saucepan. Cook over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

After 30 minutes, remove from heat, and allow the mixture to cool. Once the mixture has cooled, pour it through a mesh strainer to remove the cranberry pieces.

Store the syrup in the refrigerator until ready to use. The syrup is good in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

Notes

The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1-tablespoon of the cranberry simple syrup. Actual calories will vary. For more information and tips, please refer to the post.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1-Tablespoon
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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