Refrigerator Pickled Cranberries! Yes, We Are Serious.


pickled cranberries

Put your holiday cranberries in a pickle and watch your guests swoon. By combining these tarts with some sweets and some spice, you will end up with an oh-so-nice addition to your meal. Not only do they add some spark to a traditional turkey dinner, they add zip to a cheese serving…

pickled cranberriesAnd the excess brine makes an amazing Shrub drinking vinegar. You will be hip in a totally American Colonial way. Add some of the shrub to sparkling water for a refreshing virgin cocktail. Add some vodka and you have a tasty party drink…

pickled cranberries

And you thought the cranberry was a one trick pony!

Read on for the Refrigerator Pickled Cranberries recipe…

pickled cranberries

Refrigerator Pickled Cranberries

1 – 12 oz package fresh cranberries

1.5 cup apple cider vinager

1.5 cup sugar

1 cinnamon stick broken in half

1/4 teaspoon whole peppercorns

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1 sprig fresh rosemary


Wash berries and pick through for duds and stems. Set aside.

Combine all other ingredients in a non-reactive pot and stir on high until dissolved. Bring to a boil for three minutes.

optional: cook solid spices in a cheesecloth satchel for easy removal later.

Add cranberries and listen for the skins to “pop.” About three minutes. Remove from heat to cool.

Store in the fridge in a jar. They are great right away, perfect in 3 days, and last for at least 3 weeks in the fridge.

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Cranberry Shrub Cocktail

2 TBS Pickled Cranberry Brine

1 shot vodka (optional0

Soda water


cheers Pilgrims!




Thanks Rae! And you don’t even have to celebrate Thanksgiving to enjoy this one. It would be great with Brats! ; )


Hi Josie – I haven’t tested that but I’d guess that the results would be similar although the berries may not hold their shape as well. If you try it, let us know how it goes! XOXO

Nancy Saccoccio

Sounds delicious! And in all my years, the only shrubs I knew about were the kind that are bushes growing around the house. Interesting, I learned something new today. Thanks!


After three days of sitting in my fridge, I gotta say – this is ridiculously good. This recipe made three jelly jars full- and I mixed one with fresh goat cheese and now I can’t stop eating it.. so much for Thanksgiving! 🙂

Thanks so much!


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