Last updated November 23, 2014
This refreshing simple syrup, with its vibrant red color, just screams happy holidays. It’s great with rum, vodka or even mixed with a sweet white wine like prosecco or moscato.
- 1 ½ cups, plus 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ cups cranberries
- peel from half an orange
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- pinch of kosher salt
Place one tablespoon sugar, cranberries and orange peel in a saucepot.
Cook down until tender, about five minutes.
Add 1 ½ cups sugar, water, lemon juice and salt to the pot and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. If you want more intense flavors and color, you can let the mixture cool for 30 minutes.
Strain the liquid twice to remove the fruit. Pour the cooled mixture into a bottle or pitcher.
Cranberry-Orange Wine Spritzer
Place 1-2 ounces of Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup in a wine or champagne glass. Top off with 4-5 ounces of sparkling white wine, such as prosecco, moscato or even champagne.
The Creamy Christmas
Fill a glass with ice. Add 1 ounce of Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup, 2 ounces of vodka or rum and 1 ounce of cream. Stir to chill and garnish with a fresh cranberry or orange slice.
Place some ice in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 ounce of Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup, 2 ounces of vodka or rum. Top and shake until the shaker is cold to the touch. Strain into a martini glass, add 1 ounce of club soda and garnish with a cranberry or orange slice.
Rudolph Juice (non-alcoholic)
Fill a kid-friendly glass with ice. Fill it two-thirds full with Sprite or 7-Up. Add an ounce or so of Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup. Stir with a straw or licorice stick.