Cranberry Liqueur

I now reveal — this year’s homemade Christmas gift! I actually made a few people tarragon vinegar as well,  but this was the star gift. Slightly more labor intensive than last year’s limoncello, maybe, but really the same principle. Again, a Cooking Light recipe. The color is so pretty for gifts! I tripled the recipe below – doing so added up to about 10 bottles’ worth (of the size I had).

2  cups  sugar
1  cup  water
1  (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
3  cups  vodka (don’t go nuts on quality here. I used Smirnoff)

Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan; cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and cool completely.

Place cranberries in a food processor; process until finely chopped. Combine sugar mixture and cranberries in a large bowl; stir in vodka.

Pour the vodka mixture into covered containers. Let stand 3 weeks in a cool, dark place. The recipe I see recommends shaking, but I didn’t do this.

Strain the cranberry mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl, and discard solids. Pour liqueur into bottles.

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