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boozy candied cranberries in a bowl

Boozy Sugared Cranberries

These Boozy Sugared Cranberries are the perfect garnish for a holiday cocktail or a delicious little treat to add to your holiday spread.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Chilling/Cooling Time: 13 hours
Total Time: 13 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 2 cups
Author: EmilyFabulous


  • small saucepan
  • fine-mesh strainer
  • sealable bottle or bowl for syrup
  • sealable container for cranberries
  • wax paper
  • small plate or bowl to submerge cranberries


  • cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier)
  • 2 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed


  • Place 1 cup of sugar, the water, vanilla extract, and orange liqueur in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir until the sugar completely dissolves but do not bring to a boil. This will take only a few minutes.
    liquid for sugared cranberries
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the cranberries. Place something heavy on top to keep the cranberries submerged (be careful not to overflow the pan). I had a round flat bowl that worked perfectly or a small plate should work as well.
    cranberries in syrup with a bowl on top to submerge
  • Once the mixture has cooled enough, cover with foil or plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 12 hours or overnight to allow the cranberries to soak in all of that delicious syrup.
    pan with cranberries wrapped in foil
  • After soaking, strain the cranberries through a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl. Once fully drained, place the syrup in a sealable bottle or container, place it in the fridge, and save for cocktails!
    cranberries being strained from syrup
  • Put the remaining sugar in a container with a lid (or a small bowl if you don't have one). Gently put the cranberries in the container, put on the lid, and gently shake and turn to fully coat the cranberries with sugar (if your cranberries are in a bowl, use a spoon to carefully mix the cranberries in the sugar to coat).
    sugared cranberries in a container
  • Place the cranberries on a piece of wax paper to dry for at least an hour. Make sure they are separated so they have room to dry.
    sugared cranberries on wax paper to dry
  • Once dry, place the cranberries in a sealable container until you are ready to use or serve. They should last up to a week.
    boozy candied cranberries in a bowl

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.