Slice cranberries in half. Top with 1/4 cup sugar then set aside.
Mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine 2 cups sugar, orange rind, and vegetable oil.
Add eggs and combine.
Slowly add flour mixture, orange juice, and water to sugar mixture.
Once all mixed together, add chopped nuts and cranberries.
Divide batter into small greased mini loaf pans and bake at 350 degrees for 35-45 minutes.