Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
4 1/2 cups (serving size: 1/4 cup)

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."

How to Make It

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Pour the vodka mixture into clean jars; secure with lids. Let stand 3 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking every other day.

Step 4

Strain the cranberry mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl, and discard solids. Carefully pour liqueur into clean bottles or jars.

Step 5

Note: Liqueur can be stored refrigerated or at room temperature for up to a year.

Ratings & Reviews

Fantastic liqueur and cranberry sauce!

November 26, 2015
The liqueur is awesome! I also cooked the strained cranberries and added orange zest to make a sauce, it was also great!

llawrence1970's Review

Shelly Simms
December 16, 2012
great gift and great xmas cocktail!

yogabee's Review

December 16, 2012
Delicious! I mix 1/3 liqueur with 2/3 champagne/sparking wine for a cranberry martini. It has become famous with my friends! Makes a lovely gift in a pretty bottle or mason jar with a few whole cranberries floating. If you don't want to wait 3 weeks, heat water and sugar then add cranberries while still very hot. Wait to cool then add vodka. Bottoms up!

Blueeyes20's Review

January 16, 2012
I made this for christmas gifts this past yer for my family. We are huge cosmo lovers and this vodka turned out awesome! I am looking forward to trying it with different fruits for different season! It is also excellent with champagne!

vpteacher's Review

November 13, 2011
This will be the 8th year in a row that I have made this. It makes a great gift in glass corked bottles. We drink it as is, on ice. Delicious.

SJane1's Review

October 10, 2011
I've made this many times since it was first printed. It's a great recipe for using fresh cranberries that isn't baking.

tonjaedelman's Review

June 22, 2011

frisco1's Review

May 11, 2011
After just making the liqueur, I thought it was a little strong. But after straining it and using it a couple of months later for the cosmo recipe that is at the top, I thought it was fantastic. I think the next time I make it, I will let it sit for an additional week to let it mellow a bit more before straining the cranberries. It did mellow more in the fridge, even after being strained, so I would recommend making it a little more in advance, letting it sit more with the cranberries and then letting it sit more after straining if you are bottling it for gifts or to serve for an ocassion. I have used it to mix with champagne and white wine and it was also delicious, in case anyone needs more ideas.

marcy15's Review

November 27, 2010
I first made this last year and gave it as gifts. Easy and delicious!I'm getting ready to make another batch now.

Gwyneth's Review

July 03, 2010
A family favorite! We first made it the month the recipe was published in Cooking Light (12/03) and we've made it often since. Makes a great gift for friends who drink, too!