Brandied Cranberries – Ready in just one day! Everyone loves these brandied cranberries, they make great Christmas gifts or take some to a holiday party! Brandy, sugar, cinnamon, star anise, vanilla and cranberries.
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It’s that time of the year, the time when I start making holiday infusions. I love to give (and keep for myself) infused liquors. Some favorites around the holiday season are Candy Cane Vodka and the most popular post on my blog, Winter Solstice Brew.
Another favorite is brandied fruits! Oh my goodness people. I love brandied fruits. I’ve made brandied cherries, peaches, and apricots. I have a new favorite and it is brandied cranberries!!
How to Make Brandied Cranberries
I was looking for some easy things to make with cranberries and I found 50 Things to Make with Cranberries at Food Network. I was immediately drawn to the Brandied Cranberries. Because…hello…Brandied Cranberries!
These are so easy to make! All you do is bring to a boil sugar, cinnamon stick, star anise, 1 split vanilla bean (use one from your Homemade Vanilla Extract) – then add the cranberries and let them cook for 3 minutes. Cool and refrigerate over night! That’s it!
These brandied cranberries were everything I imagined they would be. Tart, sweet and packing a punch. They stay a lovely vibrant red. I keep a jar of these in my fridge at all times. I use them in Cranberry Negronis and Cranberry Manhattans and Cranberry Cosmopolitans – I’ve also spooned them on ice cream.
Make these. Seriously. They would make great Christmas gifts, if you could bear to give them away. If you gave away these for gifts, you would suddenly become uber popular. I promise.
These Brandied Cranberries are ready in a day and make wonderful Christmas gifts or treats to bring to a party!
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise pod
- 1 split vanilla bean
- 2 1/2 cups cranberries
- 1/2 cup brandy
Bring the sugar and 3/4 cup water, cinnamon stick, star anise pod, and vanilla bean to a boil. Add the cranberries and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup brandy. Let cool and refrigerate overnight.
Update Notes: This was originally published in 2015 and has been updated for 2018.