These Vanilla Rum Sugared Cranberries are fun to simply pop in your mouth and eat and make a great garnish in cocktails! Festive, delicious and totally poppable.

Vanilla Rum Sugared Cranberries Close Up in a Glass Bowl

These bright red gems look beautiful in a glass bowl or cocktail glass on your holiday table. 

Why You’ll Love These Vanilla Rum Sugared Cranberries

  • A really easy way to add some pop to a cocktail, a charcuterie board or simply to just pop and eat!
  • Tastes more like a sour candy this way, a sweet and tart mix of flavor!
  • Recipe is only four easy to get ingredients.
  • Use any rum you want, leaving it open for your favorite!

Sugared Cranberries in a glass bowl for drinks and cocktails

With the tangy, tart but oh so deliciously sweet flavor, these sugared cranberries are incredible.

What To Serve with Vanilla Rum Sugared Cranberries

  • They are absolutely fabulous on a holiday brunch spread.
  • Sugared Cranberries look beautiful on a charcuterie board or a tablescape.
  • They go great with pancakes, waffles, french toast and so much more.
  • Sprinkle over vanilla ice cream or blend into ice cream for a flavor explosion in a milkshake!
  • They make a great cake garnish, or blend into a sauce to pour over the cake slices when serving.
  • And they are fabulous popped into a cocktail or glass of wine or champagne, or simple used as a garnish. Skewer them or simply drop them inside.
Vanilla Rum Sugared Cranberries

Make Ahead, Storage and Freezing Tips

Make Ahead – These are a favorite to make just before the holidays. We do make them up ahead of time.

Storage – They store pretty well in the refrigerator for about a week or two in an airtight container. They will store longer than that, but might get softer as time goes by. At this point, you can blend them to make syrup or a sauce. Do not keep them any longer than 2 weeks.

Freezing – They store well in the freezer but can get a little softer upon thawing. Store them in a ziptop freezer safe baggie or an airtight freezer safe container. We store them in zip top bags in smaller batches so we can thaw what we need.

We always have a big bowl available at holiday time, but I make extras so we can use them with our desserts and drinks.

The little berries remind me of candy and are simply delicious. A perfect holiday treat.

Close up of Vanilla Rum Soaked Sugared Cranberries

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, whip up a couple of cups and just imagine what you can do with them. So much fun and incredibly festive.

But if you’re still not sure what to use them in, here are a few cocktails they pair wonderfully with!

Cocktail Ideas to Serve with These Sugared Cranberries

  • Our Cranberry Vanilla Rum Smoothie is like Christmas in a cocktail glass. Who said you couldn’t enjoy a smoothie in the winter? To use these cranberries in this, use them instead of the cranberries called for, just make sure you freeze them first.
  • The tart, crisp flavor of cranberries blended perfectly with the sweetness of raspberry with just the right amount of fizz, makes this Cranberry Raspberry Sparkling Spinner a refreshing, delicious addition to your cocktail recipe collection. Use sugared cranberries here for garnish!
  • A bit of a twist on a vodka fizz, our Skinny Rosemary Lime Vodka Fizz has no sugar, but all the great flavor you love from any vodka fizz. Make it more like a traditional vodka fizz with a twist by tossing in some sugared cranberries! It won’t be “skinny” anymore.
  • Enjoy Homemade Cranberry Vanilla Liqueur as a either a cordial or use with mixers for a cocktail.

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Vanilla Rum Sugared Cranberries

Nicole Cook
These Vanilla Rum Sugared Cranberries are fun to simply pop in your mouth and eat and make a great garnish in cocktails! Festive, delicious and totally poppable.
4.78 from 9 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Refrigerate 1 day
Total Time 1 day 8 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 317 kcal


  • 1 cup clear rum
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 ½ cups granulated sugar divided
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries


  • Bring clear rum and vanilla extract and 1 cup of sugar to a boil in a saucepan. Boil until sugar completed dissolves, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Allow the mixture to cool for ten minutes. Pour the cranberries into the pan and allow to cool completely (at least an hour).
  • Once cranberries are cool, transfer the cranberries and liquid to a sealed container and refrigerate for 1 day. 24 hours is best.
  • The following day, spread a cup and a half of sugar out on a large pan. Drain the cranberries. Its best to allow them to sit for 5-10 minutes to drain but don’t go longer. They will dry and the sugar won’t stick.
  • Toss a few cranberries at a time into the sugar, rolling and coating well. Place the sugar-coated cranberries on a baking sheet and allow to dry for at least an hour before serving.
  • These Vanilla Rum Sugared Cranberries keep for 2-3 days in an airtight container. After that they begin to get very soft. Great for sauce at that point.


Calories: 317kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.001gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.003gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 13mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 63gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 2mgIron: 0.1mg
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    1. We use it to pour over ice cream, pancakes, french toast… almost anything that would take syrup. It’s also fabulous in cocktails and other types of drinks. I hope that helps give you some ideas.

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