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Homemade Cranberry Liqueur Recipe

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Cranberry Liqueur

By Monica              Makes 5 cups
This beautiful, festive liqueur is a delicious for sipping by itself or as a cocktail mixer. It makes a great holiday gift.

This beautiful, festive liqueur is a delicious for sipping by itself or as a cocktail mixer. It makes a great holiday gift.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups whole-berry cranberry sauce, canned or homemade (for recipe go to www.TheYummyLife.com/recipes/34)
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 3 cups Vodka

Directions
--In sauce pan, heat water and sugar over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved and liquid is clear--approx. 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in cranberry sauce and let cool completely.
--Add cranberry sauce mixture and lime zest to a sterile jar with a tight fitting lid. (A 2 quart jar works well.) Add Vodka and stir well. Cover and store in cool, dark place or refrigerator for 4 days. Flip jar over, or give it a stir every day.
--After 4 days, line a fine wire strainer with cheesecloth. Pour mixture through strainer. Repeat, if necessary, to remove and discard all cranberry solid residue. Liquid should be clear red. Pour into sterile bottles or jars. Store in cool, dark place or refrigerator.


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Cranberry Liqueur

Awhile back, King-Man's colleague Mary told me she often makes her own cranberry liqueur this time of year. She said that she loved having it for a festive holiday cocktail mixer and to give as gifts. I was intrigued and started reading recipes for making my own liqueur. This is something I'd never tried. Sounded fun.

Then I saw a recipe for cranberry liqueur along with a stunning photo from Sandie, a fellow blogger at ABloggableLife.com. (I shared her link with you a couple of weeks ago.) I had to try it.  In fact, I did make up a batch of Sandie's recipe last week. It has a 3-week steep time, and mine is in the works. Can't wait to taste it. So far, it's lookin' good.

In the meantime, I discovered that the November issue of Cooking Light has a cranberry liqueur recipe that uses cranberry sauce (instead of fresh cranberries)--something many of us already have in our fridges this time of year. This recipe only has to steep for 4 days. So, I tweaked that recipe a tad and made some up to have ready in time for Thanksgiving. Delicious, beautiful, and festive.

Here's a photo of Emily (fiance of T-Man's buddy, James) who enjoyed some of the cranberry liqueur at our Thanksgiving table. We put 2 tablespoons of the liqueur in a glass, and then topped it off with champagne. Yummy. Yes, we had seconds. I'm not admitting to anything after that. 

Emily

 

I'm sharing my version of a 4-day-steep cranberry liqueur recipe with you today.

Here are the step-by-step photos for Homemade Cranberry Liqueur:

Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: water, vodka, whole-berry cranberry sauce, lime, sugar.

You can use canned cranberry sauce or make your own. Here's my cranberry sauce recipe, in case you need it. I made mine with orange juice instead of water:

View & Print Classic Cranberry Sauce Recipe

cran ingredients

 

Step 2. Make a simple sugar syrup. Add the sugar and water and heat it up on the stove top. Stir and cook until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid is clear, not cloudy. That's also the weather forecast.

sugar in pan  sugar dissolved

 

Step 3. Add the sugar syrup and cranberry sauce to a large jar or air tight container. Mine is a 2 quart jar. A canning funnel makes the job much tidier.

syrup in jar  cran sauce in jar

 

Step 4. Zest a lime. I use a microplane. Add the lime zest to the jar, give it a stir, and let it cool completely. You don't want to add the vodka to hot liquid.

zesting lime  zest in jar

 

Step 5. Add the vodka and stir.

vodka in jar  stirring jar

 

Step 6. Put the jar in a cool, dark place or the refrigerator for at least 4 days. Every day, flip it over or give it a stir.  

finished jar

 

Step 7. Gather a 2 quart bowl, fine wire mesh strainer, and cheesecloth.

straining supplies

 

Step 8. After at least 4 days, it's time to strain the solids from the liquids. Put a wire strainer on top of a bowl and line it with a 2-layer piece of cheesecloth.

strainer in bowl  cheesecloth in strainer

 

Pour the contents of the jar into the strainer. You will have to do this in batches. It takes awhile for the liquid to run through to the bowl below. You can gently stir the mixture in the strainer and press it down gently to speed it along. But be patient. Let it drip.

Repeat the straining process until you have a clear, red liquid. The number of times you need to strain  will vary depending on the size of the holes in the your strainer, and the weave of the cheesecloth. Mine was clear after the first time through the strainer.

straining  cran in strainer

 

Finished! Wasn't that easy? And look how beautiful the cranberry liqueur looks in these bottles. I got my hermetic top bottles at The Container Store--one of my favorite stores on the planet. You can use any kind of bottle or jar, as long as they have an air-tight top. Cork top bottles are not recommended, because the cork is porous and will allow the liquid to slowly evaporate.

finished cran bottles

Don't miss my post with Cranberry Liqueur Cocktail Recipes, it includes:

  • 6 easy recipes for holiday cocktails using this cranberry liqueur. 
  • how to turn this into an awesome gift, I provide you free downloadable gift tags and recipe card.

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Cranberry Liqueur
By Monica              Servings: Makes 5 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups whole-berry cranberry sauce, canned or homemade (for recipe go to www.TheYummyLife.com/recipes/34)
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 3 cups Vodka
Directions
--In sauce pan, heat water and sugar over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved and liquid is clear--approx. 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in cranberry sauce and let cool completely.
--Add cranberry sauce mixture and lime zest to a sterile jar with a tight fitting lid. (A 2 quart jar works well.) Add Vodka and stir well. Cover and store in cool, dark place or refrigerator for 4 days. Flip jar over, or give it a stir every day.
--After 4 days, line a fine wire strainer with cheesecloth. Pour mixture through strainer. Repeat, if necessary, to remove and discard all cranberry solid residue. Liquid should be clear red. Pour into sterile bottles or jars. Store in cool, dark place or refrigerator.
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Posted on Saturday, November 27th, 2010

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