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.