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Grand Marnier Cranberries

Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Cocktail
Servings: 1 jar
Author: Basil and Bubbly


  • 1 ½ cups fresh cranberries about 6 ounces
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup Grand Marnier


  • In a large saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil, stirring often to dissolve the sugar.
  • Once all of the sugar has dissolved into the water ( congratulations, you just made simple syrup! ), add the fresh cranberries to the pot, and continue to boil until the first few cranberries begin to "pop" ( see notes at the bottom of the recipe). This will be between one and two minutes.
  • Once you see (and hear) the cranberries starting to pop their skins, remove the pot from the heat and let it cool off for about 15 minutes.
  • Strain the cranberries into a jar, and pour the Grand Marnier on top. Fill the rest of the jar with simple syrup ( or until all cranberries are covered ).
  • Optional: Chill the cranberries for 48 hours before using, to let the booze soak into them even more.


What's "popping" when it comes to cranberries? You'll hear a noise coming from the pan and it sounds almost like boiling water trying to get to the surface. You'll also see the skin on the cranberries crack and maybe even split. As soon as this happens, your cranberries have popped! Take them off the heat immediately.