What’s a holiday without a little frolicking on the wild side? Here’s a yummy recipe for a cranberry vodka, which, by the way, will make a lovely and colorful (and tasty) cosmopolitan for your holiday festivities!
As suggested in the recipe section, you can give this delicious liqueur as a gift. This just might become a holiday tradition.
Very simple ingredients. I didn’t find it necessary to purchase a high-end vodka. I mean we are putting tons of sugar and flavorings into the stuff. Go with a mid-range vodka.
Put your 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water into a medium sized saucepan. On medium heat, melt the sugar into the water until the mixture looks somewhat clear, right before it comes to a boil. Remove from heat.
Place all the cranberries into your food processor. Process for about 2 minutes or until the cranberries are finely chopped. I added a little bit of the simple syrup to the mix so it would flow around the processor bowl a little easier.
Once the cranberries have been pulverizede….poor little things….place into a large bowl. Add the sugar/water….aka simple syrup, mixture into the cranberries.
I really do wish I would have started this process weeks ago. Darn it!
Now add the three cups of vodka. Give it a good stir.
Pour the vodka mixture into clean jars and secure with lids. Now here’s the hardest part. Let stand for 3 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking every other day.
Hmmmm, now if I just HAD to speed up this process I just might start with a cranberry flavored vodka and only let the cranberries steep for about a week to a week and a half….but that is if I only wanted to cheat!
……to be continued……
Yield: 4 1/2 cups (serving size: 1/4 cup)
Cooking Light, December 2003
2 cups white sugar
1 cup water
1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
3 cups vodka
Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan; cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and cool completely.
Place cranberries in a food processor; process 2 minutes or until finely chopped. Combine sugar mixture and cranberries in a large bowl; stir in vodka.
Pour the vodka mixture into clean jars; secure with lids. Let stand 3 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking every other day.
Strain the cranberry mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl, and discard solids. Carefully pour liqueur into clean bottles or jars.
Note: Liqueur can be stored refrigerated or at room temperature for up to a year.
Ideas from Cooking Light: Presented in small decanters or glass bottles, Cranberry Liqueur makes a memorable gift. Attach a gift tag and include the following: “Cranberry Cosmopolitan: 1/2 cup Cranberry Liqueur, 1/4 cup Cointreau, 2 tablespoons lime juice. Mix with 1 cup crushed ice; strain into martini glass. Makes 2 cocktails.”