You start with fresh, whole cranberries, zested orange rind, simple syrup and vodka and you're just about ready to start your own liqueur. You could use frozen cranberries but, at this time of year when fresh cranberries are so readily available, why not use fresh berries?
My freshly-made batch of cranberry liqueur:
Today is day three, and the red color of the cranberries is already turning the liqueur a beautiful, ruby color:
By the way, I found this big, beautiful glass jar at Target for about $5.00. It holds a double recipe of the liqueur which I made.
I decided to add some long strips of lemon rind to my batch. The original recipe also calls for adding orange juice concentrate which I omitted as I had bought orange-infused vodka rather than plain vodka. I can't wait to taste the final result in about 3 more weeks!
If you also love cranberries and would like to try making your own Cranberry Liqueur, please visit Inn Cuisine to see the original recipe and there's still time to make your own Cranberry Liqueur for the holidays!
~I doubled the recipe
~In addition to the grated orange zest, I also added the zest of one lemon (in long strips, making sure there is no white pith that could make it bitter)
~I used orange-infused vodka and omitted the orange juice concentrate
~I'm keeping my jar in the refrigerator while it's 'brewing'