Gluten Free Cranberry Pomegranate Syrup Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on December 8, 2011

Post image for Gluten Free Cranberry Pomegranate Syrup Recipe Don’t you just love an ingredient that can make gluten free recipes that are BOTH naughty and nice? I have one, it is super easy and AMAZING – Sugar Free Cranberry Pomegranate Syrup. A beautiful, tangy, refined sugar-free, flavor-packed syrup that can be used in all sorts of ways – brush it on chicken as it bakes, stir into cocktails, add to salad dressings, make a sauce for meatballs… Oh… and did I mention it is healthy for you? Bottle it up in a pretty jar and it even makes a lovely hostess gift.

To make this wonder ingredient all you have to do it combine unsweetened cranberry juice (that Cranberry Cocktail you buy is PACKED with sugar – I have no idea how Sarah Jessica Parker stayed so thin drinking Cosmos made with that stuff!) with super healthy pomegranate juice, the zest and juice of a lime and some Wholesome Sweeteners Raw Blue Agave – let it cook pretty much unattended and voila!

For my naughty recipe I used this syrup as a base for a delicious cocktail. This will be the signature cocktail at my holiday party this year – it’s not too sweet, looks beautiful and stretches your liquor budget. And because there is no sugar in it, the chances of you getting a hangover are way less! If you want a non-alcoholic drink just stir into some sparkling water, so refreshing and pretty! I have been trying to think of what to call it – A Cranagranatini? A Pomaberry? Na. For now I am calling it a “Christmas Carol” after yours truly. If you have a better idea, let me know!

For my nice recipe I used the syrup to make a salad dressing for this festive-but-could-not-be-simpler salad. It is packed with antioxidants and is a good counter effort if by chance you happen to over indulge while being a little naughty!

You can make this syrup up to two weeks ahead and store in the fridge for when you are ready to use it.

Gluten Free Recipes | Sugar Free Cranberry Pomegrante Syrup

Gluten Free Cranberry Pomegranate Syrup Recipe


1 lime
4 cups unsweetened cranberry juice
2 cups 100% pure pomegranate juice
2 cups raw blue agave


Peel the zest off the lime with a vegetable peeler in strips. Put in a large saucepan; add the juice of the lime and the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat so that the mixture boils moderately for 60 – 70 minutes. It will have reduced down in volume and thickened slightly, it will thicken more as it cools. Taste – if you want it sweeter you can add a little more agave while it is still warm, just stir it in. Pour into a bottle or jar and let cool. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 week.

Gluten Free Recipes | Sugar Free Christmas Cocktails

Gluten Free Sugar Free Christmas Carol Cocktails


1 part Sugar Free Cranberry Pomegranate Syrup
2 parts gin
2 parts sparkling water
Lime wedges and pomegranate seeds or fresh cranberries to garnish


You can make one drink or a pitcher – just combine the syrup, gin and sparkling water and for each drink pour over ice, squeeze in a wedge of lime and garnish with pomegranate seeds or cranberries. Cranberries are best because they float!

For a non-alcoholic drink use 1 part syrup to 4 parts sparkling water.

Gluten Free Recipes | Arugula Pomegranate Salad

Gluten Free Sugar Free Pomegranate Arugula Salad


6 tablespoons Sugar Free Cranberry Pomegranate Syrup
6 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper
5 ounce arugula
Seeds from 2 pomegranates
2 ounces Parmesan Cheese, grated or shaved with a vegetable peeler – omit for dairy free


Combine the syrup, olive oil and lime juice along with a big pinch of salt and pepper in a small jar, shake well to combine. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Can be made ahead, shake again before using.

Toss the arugula with the dressing, scatter on the pomegranate seeds and cheese if using. Serve immediately.


A gluten free recipe that serves 5 people.

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  • Donna

    I want the naughty!!!

    • Carol Kicinski

      Who wouldn’t? :)

  • Shirley @ gfe

    I agree with Donna! LOL Will definitely be making this recipe, Carol. Oh, and Christmas Carol is the perfect name! :-)


    • Carol Kicinski

      Thanks Shirley and so the name stays :)

  • Kelly

    I def want the naughty!

    • Carol Kicinski

      Can’t fault you for that Kelly :)

  • Kim (Cook It Allergy Free)

    Wow. Those photos are absolutely stunning. I actually thought that in the second to last picture that the pomegranate cocktail had spilled. But realized it was your beautiful tablecloth or napkin. LOL I add pomegranate seeds to my salad ALL of the time. I will SO be making this (my arugula is going wild in the garden right now)!

    • Carol Kicinski

      Thanks Kim! I am laughing because I wouldn’t have thought you would go for the nice :) But then on second thought…Jealous of your arugula growing wold – still haven’t mastered gardening :(

  • Anita

    Naughty. Yep, sign me up for naughty! And I like the name of the cocktail too – I will be serving Christmas Carols this as well!

    • Carol Kicinski

      OK, then the name stays for sure!

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  • InTolerant Chef

    W hat a lovely flavour base! definitely perfect for cocktails, yumm…

  • Multiplication Chart

    i like it

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