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Monica's favorite gear for
making Cranberry Liqueur
These wide mouth jars are the perfect size for making a full batch of cranberry liqueur. I also use them for chilling water, tea, & other beverages. They make handy cannisters, too.
It's easy to pour from these pretty bottles. They have a tight seal. Great for gifting bottles of liqueur.
Also available: more bottle sizes
Line this with cheesecloth and use it for straining the cranberries out of the liquid.
An ultra-fine, all-cotton cheesecloth for straining all of the solids from the liqueur.
This is a handy tool for filling jars neatly, without spills.
This is my go-to mixing bowl. It's also handy for straining the liqueur. The strainer nests inside it perfectly.
This is a handy tool for zesting the lime in this recipe. It also works well for grating garlic, ginger, and Parmesan cheese.

Homemade Cranberry Liqueur

It's easy to make this great gift and cocktail mixer!


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Cranberry Liqueur

By Monica              Makes 5 cups
This beautiful, festive liqueur is easy to make and delicious for sipping by itself or as a cocktail mixer. Perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas toasts. It makes a great holiday gift. #CranberrySauce #Liqueurs #Cocktails #CocktailMixer #HolidayGift #Beverages #DIYGifts #TheYummyLife

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 (750ml bottle) 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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Awhile back, King-Man's colleague Mary told me she often makes her own cranberry liqueur. She said that she loved having it for a festive holiday cocktail mixer and to give as gifts. I was intrigued and started experimenting with recipes for making my own liqueur. 

I especially like this cranberry liqueur recipe because it uses cranberry sauce (instead of fresh cranberries)--something many of us already have in our fridges this time of year. Unlike many liqueur recipes that require 6 to 8 weeks to be ready, this one only has to steep for 4 days. It's delicious, beautiful, and festive, and it's a versatile addition to numerous holiday cocktails. Check out my post of cocktail recipes that use this liqueur: Cranberry Liqueur Cocktail Recipes.)

Here's a photo of our friend, Emily, who enjoyed some of the cranberry liqueur at our annual Thanksgiving table. We put 2 tablespoons of the liqueur in a glass, and then topped it off with champagne. Easy, yummy, and perfect for a holiday toast!

Emily

 

Step-by-step photos for making
Homemade Cranberry Liqueur

Step 1. Assemble the ingredients:

  • water
  • sugar
  • vodka
  • whole-berry cranberry sauce -- Use canned cranberry sauce or make your own. Here's my easy, peasy cranberry sauce recipe.
  • zest from 1 lime -- I use a microplane to zest the lime.

view on Amazon:  microplane

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Step 2. Make a simple sugar syrup. Add the sugar and water to a pan 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.

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Step 3. Cool the sugar syrup completely and combine it in a large jar or other air tight container with the remaining ingredients: cranberry sauce, lime zest, and vodka.  I mix mine in a 2 quart jar. A canning funnel makes the job much tidier.

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

view on Amazon:  2 quart mason jarcanning funnel

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Step 7. Gather the straining supplies:  2 quart bowl,  fine wire mesh strainer, and cheesecloth.

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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. 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 and press the mixture in the strainer 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 may 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.

view on Amazon:  2 quart bowl,  fine wire mesh strainer, cheesecloth.

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Finished! Wasn't that easy? And look how beautiful the cranberry liqueur looks in these bottles. I love the swing-top bottles pictured below. It's easy to pour from them, and they make an impressive gift. 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.

view on Amazon:  8-oz swing-top glass bottles, other bottle sizes

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Recipes and gift tags for this liqueur!

 
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 a recipe card to attach.

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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 (750ml bottle) 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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This updated post was originally published Nov. 27, 2010.



Posted on Sunday, November 12th, 2017

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