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For the cranberry simple syrup

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries frozen is fine, just not dried
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water

For the mojito

  • 2-3 tablespoons cranberry simple syrup
  • About 10 mint leaves
  • 1 lime cut into quarters
  • 1.5 ounces cranberry juice
  • 2 ounces light or dark rum
  • seltzer water
  • mint for garnish
  • cranberries for garnish


Make the cranberry simple syrup:

  • In a small saucepan combine cranberries, water and sugar. Stir until the sugar is mostly dissolved and bring to a boil over medium/high heat. Reduce the heat to low and allow it to simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved and the cranberries burst and soften, about 10 minutes. Allow the mixture to steep for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Strain into a measuring cup with a lip, pressing on the cranberries to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the cranberries or save them for another use (Jam!). Pour the syrup into a container with a tight fitting lid and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Makes about 1 ΒΌ cup of simple syrup.

Make the mojito:

  • To an 8 oz glass add the cranberry simple syrup. Add mint followed by the limes. Muddle with a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon until the mint is crushed, the limes are smashed, and both have released their fragrance.
  • Add the cranberry juice and rum and stir to combine. Add ice and top with seltzer. Make that situation festive and garnish it with cranberries and mint leaves. Feel free to double, triple, or quadruple this situation. The simple syrup makes enough for several mojitos.