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Cranberry Beverage Syrup

"This makes enough punch for many parties," assures Carolyn Zimmerman of Fairbury, Illinois. Her convenient recipe creates a syrup you can refrigerate or freeze, then stir into four different refreshing thirst-quenchers.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 quarts water
  • 3 pounds fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 5 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 1 liter ginger ale, chilled
  • 2 cups apple juice, chilled
  • 2 cups club soda, chilled
  • 1-1/2 quarts cold water
  • 1-1/2 quarts ginger ale, chilled
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 2 cups club soda, chilled
  • 2 cups iced tea, chilled


  • In a Dutch oven, bring the water, cranberries, sugar and cinnamon to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until berries pop. Mash slightly with a potato masher; simmer 5 minutes longer.
  • Strain and discard pulp and cinnamon sticks. Refrigerate syrup in 2-cup portions for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw before using. Yield: 5 batches (about 10 cups total).
  • To prepare Cranberry Cooler: In a pitcher, combine 2 cups cranberry syrup and ginger ale. Serve over ice. Yield: 6 servings.
  • To prepare Cran-Apple Drink: In a pitcher, combine 2 cups cranberry syrup, apple juice and club soda. Serve over ice. Yield: 6 servings.
  • To prepare Cranberry-Lemonade Sparkle: In a punch bowl, combine water, ginger ale, 4 cups cranberry syrup and lemonade concentrate. Serve over ice. Yield: 18-20 servings.
  • To prepare Cranberry Tea: In a pitcher, combine 2 cups cranberry syrup, club soda and iced tea. Serve over ice. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 210 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 13mg sodium, 54g carbohydrate (51g sugars, 2g fiber), 0 protein.

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  • sulynn051467
    Nov 17, 2011

    I have made the cranberry cooler and it was very good and am currently making the Cranberry Iced Tea. I just had a small problem with throwing out all the strained leftover cranberries but did not know what to do with it. Any suggestions?

  • jharcler
    Dec 11, 2009

    Definitely! This was a BIG hit this afternoon for a Christmas reception. About 50 people attended and MANY guests asked for the recipe. I made the "Cranberry-Lemon Sparkle" version and will mark it as a Favorite for future use. I think the other three variations would also be great to try.

  • missbaner
    Dec 5, 2009

    This recipe is FABULOUS!! I made this for a church party to welcome our new pastor & the requests for the recipe were numerous. One woman liked it so much, she made it for her family for their Christmas Eve celebration. Her children do not like cranberry anything (nor did she before this punch) so she kept the flavor a secret until after they had sampled it. None of them could believe it was a cranberry base. I've tried all the variations listed & have always been pleased with the results.

  • Sandra
    Nov 23, 2006

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