Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup from ZestuousThis 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.

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Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup

Servings: 16 ounces


  • 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.


Serving: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Cranberry-Orange Wine Spritzer

Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup from ZestuousPlace 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

Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup from ZestuousFill 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.


Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup from ZestuousPlace 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)

Cranberry-Orange Simple Syrup from ZestuousFill 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.

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Hi. I’m Christie, the head cook and award-winning competitive pitmaster for Team Girls Can Grill. I have won multiple grand championships and have dozens of top ten category finishes. People know me as the girl who is forever hovering over a grill, smoker or campfire with tongs in one hand and a glass of wine in the other.

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