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Cranberry Liqueur

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 5 mins
Yield 5 cups
This makes an impressive gift any time of the year. Mix it with Champagne for an unexpected holiday treat or make our Holiday Martinis. 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 orange
  • 1 pound fresh cranberries (4 cups)
  • 4 cups vodka

How to Make It

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

  2. Meanwhile, remove rind from orange with a vegetable peeler, being careful not to get the bitter white pith. Cut rind into strips, and set aside.

  3. Process cranberries in a food processor 2 minutes or until very finely chopped. Combine sugar solution, orange rind, and cranberries in a 1-gallon jar; stir in vodka. Cover with lid, and store in a cool, dark place for 1 month.

  4. Line a wire-mesh strainer with 2 layers of cheesecloth; strain liqueur through cheesecloth into a bowl. Discard solids. Carefully pour liqueur into clean bottles or jars.

  5. Note: Cranberry Liqueur can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to a year.

Christmas With Southern Living 2006