The prominent flavor here is really the vanilla with just a touch of sweetened cranberry.
Cranberry Vanilla Infused Simple Syrup
2 c water
2 c white sugar
2 c cranberries, fresh or frozen
1 vanilla bean, sliced in half
Put everything in a saucepan on the stove over medium heat. Bring to a simmer while stirring to melt the sugar. Use your spoon to help pop the cranberries as they soften. Stir while simmer for 1 minute then let simmer for another 10 minutes. Turn heat off & let cool. Strain through a fine sieve into an airtight container. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
It will get jelly like in the fridge so you may want to bring it to room temperature before using to make drinks.
Makes 3 cups
To make soda: Mix 6 - 8 tablespoons of syrup into club soda or carbonated water
To make a champagne or vodka cocktail: Mix about 1 - 2 tablespoons of syrup into cold vodka or champagne
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