Last year I made these sans alcohol. This year I’ve up it two times, once with champagne and the other with bourbon. Both times the verdict was not enough booze. Next year it’s on! The receipe below is the family friendly version – feel free to drown your berries into drunken delight!
1 1/2 cup of water
1 1/2 cup of sugar plus additional sugar for coating
1/2 to 1 cup of alcohol of choice ( taste tested champagne, bourbon, vinho verde & Jack Daniels – all were excellent).
Dissolve water and sugar in saucepan over medium heat. Stirring occasionally. Do not let boil.
Bring to room temperature and stir in booze. Do not add to cranberries too hot or they will pop.
Transfer cranberries to plastic bowl.
Pour liquid over cranberries. Cover and weight down (cranberries will float).
Put in fridge and soak for 6 hours to overnight.
Drain cranberries from sugar syrup but do not rinse.
Working in batches, roll cranberries in granulated sugar.
Let air dry before storing in air tight containers.
Enjoy as a snack, side on cheese plate or dessert. Plays well alone, with cheese or chocolate. Also can be dropped in cocktails or champagne as holiday garnish.