My fascination with cranberries this year continues with these beautiful, sparkly Sugared Cranberries that make everything that you serve them on more festive, fun and elegant! They couldn’t be much easier to make, with just two simple ingredients – fresh cranberries and sugar!
To make them, you start by making a simple syrup of equal parts sugar and water over medium heat. Once all of the sugar has dissolved in the syrup, you stir in the fresh cranberries. You’ll then remove the cranberries from the simple syrup using a slotted spoon.
Another great part of this recipe is the resulting cranberry simple syrup that is perfect for use in cocktails or homemade concoctions. Sweet with just enough tang from the cranberries, the syrup is a festive addition to lots of drinks! One note, the Simple Syrup can get moldy if they sit too long. You should store it in the fridge in an airtight container but for no more than one to two weeks.
Combine granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring mixture unitl sugar dissolves. Bring to a simmer and turn off heat. Don’t boil or cranberries may pop. Pour in Cranberries!
Place 2/3 cup sugar in a shallow dish. Add cranberries, a few at a time, rolling to coat with sugar.
Spread sugared cranberries in a single layer on a baking sheet; let stand at room temperature 1 hour or until dry.
This recipe is a perfect holiday treat using this classic holiday berry to make a great snack or a sparkly garnish for a cocktail. The contrast between the tart cranberries and sugary coating makes this snack pop in your mouth. The overpowering tartness of the cranberries are tempered by a soak in hot sugar syrup giving the berries a balanced sweet and tangy flavor, such as what we used in the Cranberry Sweet and Sour Cocktail.
I love these Sugared Cranberries and the Cranberry Simple Syrup!
Ali in the Valley