This recipe for Cranberry Syrup is perfect for all your homemade drinks needs this holiday season. Because it's made ahead of time and kept in the fridge, it's ready to roll whenever the need for beautiful seasonal drinks arise. Mix Cranberry Syrup with sparkling water for refreshing nonalcoholic drink, or add it to champagne for a new twist on the traditional Mimosa and it even works for making Italian Sodas. Any way you use it, you won't be sorry you made this classic Cranberry Syrup.
Making homemade flavored syrups is so incredibly simple you'll wonder why anyone bothers to buy those huge corn syrupy bottles of pre-made flavors. Listen up, to make homemade Simple Syrup you cook equal amounts of water and sugar together until the liquid turns clear. Then you cool it and pour it in a bottle and refrigerate. That's it, if you want to add flavors you simply add them while the mixture is cooking and strain before bottling.
The only thing you need to watch for when adding fruit while making a simple syrup is not to over cook the whole thing. If you do you'll get jelly! And while that wouldn't be a bad thing, you could still use it on ice cream or on toast, you certainly don't want that in your drink! So the answer to not overcooking lies in crushing or chopping the fruit right before you add it to the sugar and water so all the juices and flavors become part of the syrup. Then you just cook until the mix turns clear and is no longer gritty, then cool a little and strain.
Cranberry Syrup15 minutes
1 part sugar
1 part water
1 part cranberries
mix sugar and water together
roughly chop cranberries and stir into sugar water mixture
heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves in the water and is clear
remove from heat
cool slightly and then strain
pour into a jar or bottle and refrigerate for up to a week
the leftover berries can be used in smoothies or over yogurt or ice cream
To Make DrinksCranberry Mimosa--add equal parts syrup and champagne for Cranberry Mimosas
Cranberry Sodas--mix with sparkling water to taste
Cranberry Wine Spritzers--two parts wine, one part sparkling water, one part cranberry syrup
Cranberry Juice--mix with water to taste
Italian Sodas--mix a shot (roughly 1 ounce) of syrup with 8 ounces sparkling water top with whipped cream and berries if desired