Cranberry Syrup The Easy Way

Are you making cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving?  Sure you are!  This year, why not drain off some of that extra juice from your bubbling cranberry sauce and make a bottle of cranberry syrup for those pancakes and waffles during this holiday season.  It’s so ridiculously easy!

Homemade Cranberry Syrup
Homemade Cranberry Syrup

Here’s how I do it.  I make my cranberry sauce as usual, using fresh cranberries, sugar, tangerine juice, some grated ginger and a few other spices such as cinnamon, cloves and allspice.  I put it all in a big pot on the stove.  However, I add a couple of extra cups of water to my original, cranberry sauce recipe so that my sauce is on the runny side when it’s done cooking.  Then, I drain off the excess juice, which has now become a syrup.  (If it still runny, it will thicken up as it cools.)  I strain the syrup, (the solids go back into the cranberry sauce,) pour it into a recycled maple syrup bottle, label it and put it in the fridge.  Everyone at my place loves its tangy, sweet taste and the syrup is used in a variety of ways.  I love it poured into a glass of sparking water to make a pretty spritzer.

Now I don’t know if you can even buy such a beautiful syrup in the stores, but if you could I’m sure it would cost a lot more than what I’m paying for this scrumptious byproduct of something I already make each year…which is FREE!

~ C