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Sparkling Sugared Cranberries with Red Wine

A small white bowl with sugared cranberries.

 

Sparkling sugared cranberries dipped in a red wine syrup – such an easy treat that pops in your mouth! Fresh cranberries coated in red wine and sugar is the perfect balance of tart and sweet. They are delicious on their own, but also spectacular as cocktail garnish or as cake decorations! 

 

Bring on the Holiday cheer with these sparkling red berries. For a lot of us, alcohol is a big part of the Christmas Holidays. It makes life a little more festive and fun. That is why these red wine cranberries will be extra Christmassy and special.

 

We love to sneak in alcohol where we can right? I can also recommend these Guinness coffee brownies with Guinness coffee salted caramel, boozy eggnog white russian, cranberry sauce with orange liqueur, or Baileys cupcakes!

 

A bowl with sugared cranberries, a coupe glass with a white drink in the background.

 

What to serve with these red wine sugared cranberries

 

Sugared cranberries are great to simply eat on their own, in between the big meals during the Holidays. Keep a bowl at the table, and I’m sure people would love to snack on them throughout the day. 

 

However, they are also great as cocktail garnish, especially for creamy cocktails like an eggnog white russian or perhaps a mulled wine or even a dalgona to keep it lower on the alcohol. 

 

They are also really pretty as decorations for cakes and cupcakes. Pictured is a gingerbread cupcake not yet published, but will link to it once it’s ready! However, other cakes that would love some frosted cranberries are of course carrot cake cupcakes, this cherry eggnog pavlova, a cranberry coconut trifle, a simple orange chocolate cake or these cute apricot and rum pastry cream cakes

 

From other bloggers I’d love tot try them with this cranberry orange brown sugar cake or cranberry brie puff pastry squares.

 

Red wine or cranberry sangria for the ultimate treat

 

These sugared cranberries are in reality just a great leftover idea for the cranberries in your orange cranberry sangria. That is exactly what my cranberries are, and let me tell you, the flavor the cranberries get from being soaked in this sangria is unbelievably delicious. 

 

You get most of the same effect by simply letting them sit in red wine overnight as well. Just use enough to cover the cranberries, and then cover that again with a lid or foil to keep in the refrigerator. And since you’ve already opened the bottle, go ahead and drink the rest. 

 

Round glass with cranberry sangria, garnished with fresh cranberries and orange slice.

 

So really, these cranberries are a great excuse for red wine in general – and I’ll take it!

 

How to Store Frosted Cranberries

 

Honestly, don’t listen to all the tips online, take it from me! (However, should you listen to my tips?) I read online that frosted cranberries should be stored in the refrigerator, and just for a few days, and so I assumed that the cranberries I had on my counter were all gone bad. 

 

I figured I could still use them as decorations on these gingerbread cupcakes below, and just toss the cranberries out. And so all the cranberries I had left over after decorating, I simply trashed. When I served the cupcakes, one person was so eager to try the cupcakes I didn’t get to tell her to throw the cranberry away (thank you!), and she ate it and it was delicious and hadn’t gone bad at all. 

 

Gingerbread cupcakes with eggnog frosting and one sugared cranberry at the top.

 

And now I feel bad for all the sugared cranberries I did throw away. I still think of them today. 

 

My point is, I would prefer to store them on the counter, because storing them in the refrigerator melts the sugar away, making them first of all ugly looking and gooey. Perhaps they will last incrementally longer, but I don’t think it’s worth it. Store them on the counter for about 1 week, or until you can see they have gone bad, lost their springy texture and has become super soft. 

 

They may harden a little on the counter, but I actually prefer them that way. That just means they pop extra in your mouth – like fireworks!

 

A coupe glass with a white cocktail and sugar frosted cranberries.

 

How to Make Sugared Cranberries

 

Best of all, these treats are so easy to make! After they have been soaked overnight, set aside and take 1/2 cup of the red wine and pour it into a saucepan. Add in 1/2 cup of sugar and on medium low heat, let the sugar dissolve while stirring. Let it cool for 5-10 minutes, then add in the cranberries again.

 

Steps to make red wine syrup.

 

At this point you can also add in fresh rosemary if you want to make sugared rosemary (just don’t soak it overnight), and do the same with them as with the cranberries.

 

Now let them drain before placing on parchment paper or a plate, in a single layer without touching each other. Let them sit like that for about 20 minutes, or until they are dry but sticky. 

 

Steps to coat the cranberries with sugar.

 

In a shallow bowl or a plate, pour in superfine caster sugar. Dip a few cranberries at a time, roll them in the sugar and let them dry again in a single layer. About 20-30 minutes, and then they can be placed together in a bowl, or used as garnish on a cake or in a cocktail! 

 

Two coupé glass with a white cocktail and sugar cranberries garnish.

 

Did you like this recipe? Here’s more simple Holiday treats:

 

 

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A white bowl with sugar frosted cranberries, seen from above.

Sparkling Sugared Cranberries with Red Wine

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Bring on the Holiday cheer with sparkling sugared cranberries. Dipped in red wine to be extra special. Delicious alone or as decorations!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup red wine or cranberry sangria (125ml, + enough to cover the berries)
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries (340g)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (100g)
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar (superfine sugar, 100g)

Instructions

  1. Cover the cranberries in red wine or cranberry sangria overnight, cover with a lid or foil and store in the refrigerator.
  2. Set aside the cranberries and take 1/2 cup of the red wine and pour it into a saucepan. Add in 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and on medium low heat, let the sugar dissolve while stirring. Let it cool for 5-10 minutes, then add in the cranberries again.
  3. At this point you can also add in fresh rosemary if you want, do the same, just don't soak it overnight.
  4. Let them drain before placing on parchment paper or a plate, in a single layer without touching each other, for about 20 minutes, or until they are dry but sticky.
  5. In a shallow bowl or a plate, pour in superfine caster sugar. Dip a few cranberries at a time, roll them in the sugar and let them dry again in a single layer. About 20-30 minutes, and then they can be placed together in a bowl, or used as garnish on a cake or in a cocktail!

Notes

I prefer to store these on the counter, for about 1 week or until they have gone bad. The sugar melts in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 86Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 19.5gFiber: 1gSugar: 17.8gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information isn't always accurate, estimate for informational purposes only.

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chinnaddington

Monday 14th of December 2020

Thank you for this recipe! Can’t wait to try these!

Stine Mari | Ginger with Spice

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Thank you so much!

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