It is thought that cranberries may have first been known as "crane berries" because cranes living in the New England bogs were fond of eating the berries. The berries were also referred to as "bogland medicine" because sips leaving from port would take the cranberry to prevent scurvy.
4 cups fresh cranberries
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
dash of cognac (optional)
Wash the cranberries,. Combine the sugar and water in a large saucepan and bring to a boil and cook for 10 minutes. Add the cranberries, cover and cook until they stop popping. Skim off any froth that forms. Add a dash of cognac if using.