Sugared Cranberries Skewered for garnish (optional)
2 cups sugar, divided (for sugared cranberries)
12 oz fresh cranberries (for sugared cranberries)
In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine ½ cup of water and ½ cup of sugar, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the cranberries until well coated. Let them sit in the syrup for 30 minutes.
With a slotted spoon transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet and let them dry for at least 1 hour.
Roll the cranberries in the remaining 1 ½ cup of sugar until well coated. Let them dry for about an hour.
For the Cocktail
Add ice to a cocktail shaker, then add the cranberry juice, maple syrup, bourbon and Grand Marnier.
Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice.
Garnish with an orange slice and a skewer of sugared cranberries (optional)