Brandied Cranberries

2016 Food, Food

I was challenged to make a cocktail for a New Year’s Eve party. I accepted the challenge and made brandied cranberries! I served them with Prosecco, but you can also drink the cranberries in the brandied syrup. Both ways are delicious!

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  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 1 split vanilla bean
  • 2 1/2 cups cranberries
  • 1/2 cup brandy


  1. Bring the sugar and 3/4 cup water, cinnamon stick, star anise pod, and vanilla bean to a boil.
  2. Add the cranberries and cook for 3 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in 1/2 cup brandy.
  4. Let cool and refrigerate overnight.