Cranberry Anise Syrup Recipe

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Looking for a syrup to flavor desserts, cocktail and your cheese tray, this Cranberry Anise Syrup has the perfect level of sweet, bitter and spiciness to compliment your fall and winter recipes. Place it in an attractive glass jar, tie a ribbon on it and you have a hostess gift to bring along to your next holiday gathering.

Cranberry Anise Syrup


  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 star anise
  • 1/2 stick of cinnamon


In a small to medium sauce pan on medium heat on the stove bring water, sugar and cranberries to a simmer. Add star anise and cinnamon. Keep on low heat until cranberries begin to pop and break down. Use a wooden spoon on muddler to break them down further and combine ingredients.

Leave on low for 15 minutes till liquid begins to thicken up.

Strain mixture to remove cranberries and spices.

Place cooled syrup in glass container. Refrigerate unused portion.

What is your favorite way to use cranberries? Leave a recipe idea in the comments below!

Vanilla Mint Soda Sipper Recipe



3 tablespoons Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup {recipe below}
6-8 fresh picked mint leaves, plus one sprig for garnish
tonic water
crushed Ice
berries for garnish
tall glass

Shady Tree in Your Favorite Garden


In a tall glass muddle the mint leaves together with Vanilla Simple Syrup. Add Ice to 3/4 of the glass. Fill glass with tonic/mineral water. Use shaker to mix all together. Pour back into tall glass. Drop a few berries in for color and insert Mint sprig for garnish. Find shady tree and sip.

1 oz Vodka can be added prior to the water over ice to chill.

{NOTE: I have been dying to try the FEVER-TREE Tonic water, I’m a sucker for packaging, what can I say.  But worried about the strong flavor I also tried it with San Pellegrino Mineral water and found I prefered the tonic. But it could also be great with ginger ale. So try both as well and let me know which one you prefer.}


2 cups water

1 cup sugar

1 whole Vanilla Bean

Heat water and sugar on high-medium heat until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Scrape seeds from inside the bean into mixture. Drop outside of bean into mixture. Stir occasionally leave to cool 1 hour. You may choose to strain out the seeds but I actually prefer the look of the natural dark seeds for most uses.

Looking for more…Previous Recipes include:

 Basil Grapefruit SipperThyme Tangerine Fizz or Provence Lavender Cocktail.

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