Cranberry-cinnamon cocktail/mocktail syrup

An easy way to enjoy festive cocktails and mocktails!

Cranberry and cinnamon are both favourite holiday flavours. This ruby red syrup is as pretty as it is delicious and it makes a wonderful hostess gift. You can find nice small jars or bottles at many dollar stores. While I usually give it a starring role in festive cocktails and mocktails, you could also reduce it down to thicken it and use it as a glaze on poultry or pork.


  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) white sugar
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks


  • In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, water and cinnamon sticks. Stir to blend.
  • Cover pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Watch the pot carefully and reduce heat as needed so it doesn’t boil over.
  • As soon as it is boiling, reduce heat to low and let simmer 15 minutes until cranberries have softened.
  • Remove cinnamon sticks and strain mixture through cheesecloth into a glass measuring cup (for easier pouring).
  • Refrigerate until no longer scalding hot and pour into jars with tight fitting lids.
  • Refrigerate for up to one month; freeze for longer storage (don’t fill the jars as full if you are freezing them).
  • Be sure to include a recipe or two for cocktails/mocktails when gifting – I’ve offered one of my favourites below.

Makes 1 cup (250 mL) of syrup.

Cranberry-Cinnamon Cosmopolitan

  •  2 ounces (60 mL) vodka
  • 1/2 ounce (15 mL) Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce (30 mL) cranberry-cinnamon syrup
  • 1/2 ounce (15 mL) freshly squeezed lime juice

Fill a cocktail shaker (or clean jar with a tight lid) with ice. Add vodka, Triple Sec, cranberry-cinnamon syrup and lime juice. Cover and shake for 1 minute to thoroughly blend and chill the drink. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with either fresh cranberries, a lime slice or an orange slice. For a mocktail version, shake syrup and lime juice over ice; strain into glass and top with soda water.

Makes one cocktail.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.