Cranberry Beverage Syrup

This convenient recipe creates a syrup you can refrigerate or freeze, then stir into four different refreshing thirst-quenchers. It makes enough punch for many parties.

Yield

5 batches (10 cups total)

Basic Simple Syrup Ingredients

2 quarts water
3 pounds fresh or frozen cranberries
5 cups granulated (white) sugar
5 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)

Additional Ingredient for Cranberry Cooler

1 liter ginger ale, chilled

Additional Ingredients for Cran-Apple Drink

2 cups apple juice, chilled
2 cups club soda, chilled

Additional Ingredients for Cranberry-Lemon Sparkle

1 1/2 quarts cold water
1 1/2 quarts ginger ale, chilled
1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed

Additional Ingredients for Cranberry Tea

2 cups club soda, chilled
2 cups iced tea, chilled

Directions

In a Dutch oven, bring the water, cranberries, sugar and cinnamon to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until berries pop. Mash slightly with a potato masher; simmer 5 minutes longer.

Strain and discard pulp and cinnamon sticks. Refrigerate syrup in 2-cup portions for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw before using.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes + chilling

Variation

Cranberry Cooler: In a pitcher, combine 2 cups cranberry syrup and ginger ale. Serve over ice. Yield: 6 servings.

Cran-Apple Drink: In a pitcher, combine 2 cups cranberry syrup, apple juice and club soda. Serve over ice. Yield: 6 servings.

Cranberry-Lemonade Sparkle: In a punch bowl, combine water, ginger ale, 4 cups cranberry syrup and lemonade concentrate. Serve over ice. Yield: 18 to 20 servings.

Cranberry Tea: In a pitcher, combine 2 cups cranberry syrup, club soda and iced tea. Serve over ice. Yield: 6 servings.

Nutritional Information

1 serving (1 cup) equals 210 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 13 mg sodium, 54 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, trace protein.

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