Cranberry & Orange Simple Syrup

I’ve developed an unhealthy obsession with flavored simple syrups. While the rest of the country strives to cut down on their refined sugar intake, I’m taking it up a notch with things like this kick ass Cranberry & Orange Simple Syrup. It’s fantastic in a Holiday Old Fashioned, but is also mighty tasty mixed with club soda.


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 small orange, cut into chunks. Squeeze most of the juice out so it doesn’t think the syrup too much
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup fresh cranberries


Combine the water and sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat. Once sugar dissolves, add the orange chunks and cranberries. Let that simmer for 10 minutes, then turn off the stove and let the mixture sit for 45 minutes. Revel in the smell of Christmas wafting through the air.

Strain the syrup into a hipster mason jar or a bottle. Dump the remains into the trash and take the garbage outside immediately. Or, wait a few days until it has attracted an infestation of ants that covers your trash and everything under your sink, and then dispose of it. Your choice!

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