Studies indicate that on a per-serving basis, cranberry juice, Cranberry Syrup#, sweetened Dried Cranberries, cranberry sauce and cooked cranberries have comparable amounts of tannins. With anti-adhesion and antioxidant capabilities, cranberries have a dual-action health formula that most foods do not have.

Bunch of fresh cranberries

Since we decided to get the holiday spirit and do our best to share it, here is another idea for your Christmas treats! Cranberry Creation. A tall bottle of cranberry syrup sparkles with one of the brightest colors and flavors of the season – the health benefits noted will be there, but you won’t need to have a care – just enjoy creating this creation and  reap the benefits as a side bonus.

While the cranberry sauce is boiling on the stove, have fun  decorating the bottle. What you’ll need:

  • Plastic gloves
  • Paintbrush
  • Etching cream
  • Clear glass bottle
  • White paint pen
  • White cloth
  • Gold cord

Cranberry Juice

Cranberry Syrup

Pancakes, waffles, and even ice cream get a flavor boost with a generous pour of this sweet-tart syrup.

Ingredients:
2-1/2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup cranberries
3/4 cup light-colored corn syrup
1/4 cup sugar

Directions:
In a medium saucepan combine cranberry juice, cranberries, corn syrup, and sugar. Stir to dissolve sugar. Bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Boil 30 to 40 minutes or until reduced to 2-1/2 cups.

Pour syrup through a small-mesh strainer or a strainer lined with 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Discard cranberries. Cover and store syrup in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Makes 2 cups syrup (thirty-two, 1-tablespoon servings).

To Present This As a Gift

  1. You will need the plastic gloves, paintbrush, etching cream, clear glass bottle, white paint pen, white cloth, and gold cord.
  2. Put on the gloves to protect your hands. Using the paintbrush, paint etching cream in a band around the bottom of the bottle, following the etching cream manufacturer’s instructions. Let the bottle dry after washing off the cream. Add random dots with the paint pen to unetched area of the bottle. Let dry. Pour Cranberry Syrup into bottle. Replace cap. Fold square of white cloth over top of bottle; secure with gold cord.

Also Try This: To achieve an etched effect, use frosted spray paint, masking off areas you want to remain clear.

Nutritional facts per serving: Calories: 40, total fat: 0 g, saturated fat: 0 g, cholesterol: 0 mg, sodium: 10 mg, carbohydrate: 11 g, fiber: 0 g, protein: 0 g