Photo: Jeffery Cross
Total Time
10 Mins
Makes 3 1/2 cups

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring all ingredients to a simmer with 2 cups water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes until most cranberries have burst.

Step 2

Spoon out a few whole cranberries and set aside for garnishing drinks if you like.*

Step 3

Strain mixture, pressing liquid out of pulp using the back of a spoon. Discard pulp. Chill at least 1 hour. Store for up to 3 months.

Step 4

*Roll the berries in sugar, skewer on toothpicks, and set across tops of drinks. Use that day.

Ratings & Reviews

deannelc's Review

January 19, 2013
I followed the recipe exactly, then mixed w/ club soda (one of the suggestions in the article). Even used in small amount, the vinegar taste is very strong.

lplynch's Review

December 20, 2012

Andrew012's Review

December 16, 2012

bbrooke's Review

December 01, 2012
JLampitt, You're not supposed to drink it "straight" -- it's meant to be a mixer in other beverages. That's not apparent from this webpage, but the print version of Sunset magazine offered several variations of how to use it: 1. Pour over ice and top with club soda. 2.Mix with sparkling wine. 3.Muddle with an orange slice and ice. Add bourbon and top with club soda. 4. Fill a tall glass with ice, layer in a splash of shrub, then add equal parts orange juice and tequila. 5. Shake with ice and equal parts shrub, gin, and sweet vermouth. Strain into a glass. (Copied from

JLampitt's Review

November 22, 2012
HORRIBLE! I followed the recipe to a "T" and all we could smell and taste was the vinegar. Maybe the recipe wasn't entered correctly?