4 fun and festive ways to enjoy cranberries this holiday season

Cranberries are a timeless holiday treat that make an appearance in some of our most cherished festive sauces, desserts, drinks and more. These tart, red berries are more than just a burst of flavor – cranberries are packed with Vitamin-C, antioxidants and plenty of other nutrients which make them one of our favorite superfoods.

As much as we love incorporating cranberries into our holiday dishes, these super-berries aren’t just for eating. Here are 4 fun and festive ways to use cranberries this holiday season:

1. Indulge in a cranberry skin treatment:

We’d like to think that the “C” in cranberry stands for Vitamin C - because this wee berry is loaded with it. In addition to Vitamin C, cranberries are also rich in phytonutrient and antioxidants which all work together to fight free-radical damage and keep your skin looking young. Give your skin a dose of “cran-power” by treating yourself to these products:

2. Create your own festive cranberry centerpiece:

We’re always looking for fun and easy ways to glam-up our holiday dinner table and cranberries can do just that.

What you need:

  • 1 cup of fresh cranberries
  • Fresh holly leaves
  • 2 mason jars or glass vase
  • Option - dress the top of the vase/jars with string or ribbon

Instructions:

Place cranberries and holly leaves inside of mason jar or glass vase. Fill jars with water, and voila - you’ve created a beautiful, eco-friendly holiday centerpiece (aka masterpiece) in a matter of minutes!

3.  Make your own Cranberry-infused water:

This cranberry-infused beverage is a simple and deliciously healthy way to stay hydrated this holiday season.

Instructions:

Add the below items to a clear glass water pitcher or decanter

  • 1 cup of cranberries
  • 1 lemon and/or limes sliced
  • A handful of fresh mint leaves
  • A splash of cranberry juice for extra flavor (optional)

Fill the water pitcher or decanter with filtered, chilled water. Add ice if desired.

4. Impress your holiday guests with cranberry-mint ice cubes

These cranberry-mint ice cube creations are a unique way to add festive-flair to your holiday beverages.

What you need:

  • 1-2 ice cube trays
  • 1 cup of fresh cranberries
  • 1 bunch of fresh mint leaves
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • A splash of cranberry juice (optional)

Instructions:

Fill the bottom of an ice cube tray with mint leaves and cranberries and then fill with filtered water and a splash of cranberry juice. Place ice tray into freezer until frozen. Place 2-4 ice cubs in a glass and serve with sparkling water or still water.

This article was originally written by Christie Pike in 2014.