Cranberry Liqueur…for a happy holiday


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……

Cranberry Liqueur
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.”

 

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