These frosted cranberries are the perfect way to spice up your cocktails and mocktails this holiday season.
As you guys know, I love to make a good cocktail. And what’s a drink without a pretty garnish? The holidays give me the perfect excuse to be the hostess with the mostess. And that includes the dranksss okay!
These frosted cranberries are the perfect garnish for your holiday cocktails and mocktails. So easy and fun to make.
Such a fun and festive way to add a little razzle dazzle to your drinks and desserts.
I meannn, look how cute my Mistletoe Moscow Mule is. Recipe coming soon! I told you I’m coming with some heat for the holidays.
What you’ll need
This recipe is really easy. In a saucepan combine water, sugar and cranberries over medium low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and remove the cranberries and place on a wired tray.
Allow cranberries to cool at least 30 minutes-1 hr before coating them in a bowl of sugar. When the cranberries “dry” cranberries become sticky, making it easy for the sugar to stick to.
Place in a bowl and freeze. Use as you please. Having them frozen will also help keep your drinks cold.
You can make the simple syrup first; in a saucepan over medium high heat, combine water and sugar. Heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat. Then add the cranberries. Mix to coat. Remove cranberries from the pot and place them on a wired rack to dry for at least 30 minutes before coating in sugar.
I like to use these cranberries as a festive cocktail garnish. You can also snack on these or add them to your holiday desserts.
Cranberries are normally very tart/sour, but the extra sugar coating sweetens them up.
What to do with the liquid?
You can toss it, but we don’t waste around here. Reserve the cranberry simple syrup for cocktails or mocktails or desserts.
Storing Cranberries –
You can freeze and use as needed or store at room temperature for up to 2 days.
- wire tray
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup cranberries
- Rinse and dry cranberries. In a saucepan over medium low, combine 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves about 3 minutes.
- Once the sugar dissolves, remove cranberries from the liquid and place on a wire tray. Reserve liquid and put into a mason jar and use for cocktails. Let cranberries cool for at least 30 minutes.
- Place 1 cup of sugar In a bowl. Toss cranberries in the sugar until fully coated. Freeze cranberries and use as needed.
- Put them on a cocktail stem and garnish your favorite cocktails and mocktails!
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