In a heavy large saucepan combine granulated sugar and 1/2 cup water. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to boiling without stirring. Stir in cranberries, apricots, vinegar, brown sugar, and ginger; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until berries have popped and mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat; cool. Cover and chill up to 4 days. Before serving, let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.
To serve, spoon chutney into a serving bowl. Makes about 3-1/2 cups.