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Homemade cranberry simple syrup recipe

Cranberry simple syrup

Easy recipe for cranberry simple syrup made with fresh (or frozen) cranberries, water, sugar, lemon juice, and spices like cinnamon, clove, ginger, for a spiced version.
Course Sweet sauce, Syrup
Cuisine American, International
Keyword Cranberries, Simple syrup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • ½ lb of cranberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups sugar adjust to taste – because the cranberries have so much pectin less sugar is needed to obtain a simple syrup consistency, so the amount of sugar is based on how sweet you want the syrup.
  • 2 tablespoons of lime or lemon juice
  • Spices and other flavors: cinnamon sticks cloves, ginger, orange peel - optional


  • Combine all the ingredient in a saucepan, bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for ~20-25 minutes.
  • If adding spices do so during the last 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and let cool down.
  • Strain the mix to remove any chunks/seeds.
  • Refrigerate and use as needed.
    Cranberry simple syrup recipe