Cranberry Simple Syrup For Fall Cocktails

Cranberry simple syrup is exactly what all your fall cocktails need.

How Do You Add Fruit Flavors To Simple Syrup?

That’s an excellent question, my dear lad! …or lass. Forsooth! When demanding a fruit flavor be added to a cocktail thou simply employs the method including the fruit while though maketh thine syrup! Ok I’ll stop with the inexplicable old timey British voice. But seriously it’s that simple. You can do it with almost any fruit and today I’m making a cranberry simple syrup, which can even be done with frozen cranberries.

Cranberry Simple Syrup

When Do You Add Cranberries When Making A Cranberry Simple Syrup?

OK. So making your own simple syrup is simple. Duh. All you have to do is bring some water to a boil, pour an equal amount of sugar in, and and cook till it dissolves. At this point you have simple syrup and it’s a great way to sweeten up almost any cocktail. But we’re going to take it a step further. After the sugar has diluted in your boiling water, simply add in some cranberries. Reduce heat to a simmer and let the mixture cook until they’ve softened and release some of their juices. You’ll hear them pop during the cooking process and that means you’re doing it right.

Cook for 10 minutes and strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a sealable container like a jar or a bottle. Allow it to cool on the counter top and then then store it in the fridge for future use. Also, don’t throw out those cranberries! They’ve just been cooking in sugar water so they come out deliciously sweet and tart. They go perfect on yogurt, on a cheese board.

Cranberry simple syrup will last in the fridge for up to 3 weeks unless you’re like me and can’t resist putting it in a cocktail that day  😉. Now I can’t say anything more about this. Why am I still typing? Why are you still reading?! Get to drinkin’ already!

This recipe requires a little something special.  Here’s a list of what you will need:

Cranberry Simple Syrup

Cranberry simple syrup is exactly what all your fall cocktails need.

Author Matt Cetta


  • 1 1/4 Cup Filtered Water
  • 1 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Cups Cranberries*


  1. In a medium pot, bring water to a boil. Add the sugar and stir until it's fully dissolved.

  2. Add the cranberries and simmer for 10 minutes

  3. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a sealable container and allow to come to room temperature on the counter with the lid off. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.*

Recipe Notes

*Either fresh or frozen cranberries will work.

Yeilds 1 1/4 Cups

If the syrup comes out of your fridge and it's thick, that's fine. Just microwave it for a few seconds to thin it out.

Cranberry simple syrup will keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

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