Twelve Days of Christmas: Sugared Cranberries and Christmas Cranberry and Vodka Tonics

Also know as Rudolph noses

Also known as Rudolph noses

These little jewels are tasty on their own, but also a great garnish for drinks and a wonderful addition to scones. To make them even prettier, roll them in superfine not regular sugar. (We’re still working on a 25-pound bag of regular sugar someone picked up on clearance over the summer so we skipped that step.) This recipe is adapted from one from Whole Foods.

Sugared Cranberries

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 whole star anise
  • 1/2 nutmeg pod
  • 6-10 whole cloves
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries, rinsed
  • 1 cup regular or superfine sugar

Mix three cups of sugar, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, anise and cloves with water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Simmer for a minute, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl. Stir in cranberries. Cover and refrigerate overnight and up to two days. Drain cranberries reserving liquid for holiday drinks. (Strain out the spices.) Place superfine or regular sugar in a bowl and gently toss in cranberries, coating evenly. Place berries on a baking sheet to dry, about two hours. Store in an airtight container for one to two days.

So festive and fun

So festive and fun

Christmas Cranberry and Vodka Tonics

  • 1 1/2 oz cranberry simple syrup (leftover from sugared cranberries)
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz cranberry juice
  • squeeze of lime juice (optional)
  • tonic water
  • sugared cranberries for garnish

Throw a few ice cubes in a Collins glass. Pour in simple syrup, vodka and juice. Stir. Top with tonic water and a squeeze of lime. Garnish with a few sugared cranberries.

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About Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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8 Responses to Twelve Days of Christmas: Sugared Cranberries and Christmas Cranberry and Vodka Tonics

  1. Gerlinde says:

    I just bought some fresh cranberries today, I will try it.

  2. Beautiful Christmassy cranberries:)

  3. Eva Taylor says:

    Very festive indeed, they look like they’ve been dusted with snow.

  4. chefceaser says:

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

  5. ChgoJohn says:

    Timely! This year, I’m giving bottles stuffed with cranberries & lime rind and then filled with vodka. There are many things to be done with the vodka but what to do with the cranberries? By themselves, they’re a mighty potent garnish. Sugar coating ’em, though, will work just fine. Thanks, Greg.

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