Fresh cranberries have made their debut in my grocery store and it isn’t a minute too soon as far as I am concerned! I started making liqueurs for the holidays about ten years ago. Up until three years ago, I had never duplicated a recipe. Well that all changed when I made Cranberry Vodka. It was a huge hit and I have had multiple requests for it. I sincerely doubt I could get away without making it for the holidays, it is now a tradition.
It is super simple to make, you toss the cranberries in a food processor to chop them finely, you add them to a jar along with a bit of lime peel, orange peel, a cinnamon stick, vodka, and simple syrup. You let it sit on the counter, covered, shaking it every few days, for the next 8 weeks. After that it is a simple matter of straining the vodka and bottling it. I absolutely love the color, it will deepen over the next few weeks, it is such a cheerful color that livens up even the coldest, dreariest, darkest days of winter.
Luckily, I have found some pretty bottles to decant the liqueur into for the holidays. Between this and the hard apple cider that is currently fermenting in my kitchen, we should have a festive holiday season on our hands.