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Ruby-Red Cranberry Syrup

Pour this pretty, sweet-tart syrup over cheesecake, pancakes, whipped ricotta or baked meringue, or stir it into a cocktail.

Food & Wine DECEMBER 2012

  • Yield: 3 cups
  • Total:30 Minutes


  • 2 pounds (8 cups) fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
  • 2 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed


In a large saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar, water and salt and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is bright red, 8 to 10 minutes.

Strain the syrup through a fine sieve set over a heatproof bowl, without pressing; reserve the solids for another use. Stir in the lemon juice. Let the syrup cool completely, then funnel it into glass bottles and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Shake before serving.


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