I used to make my cranberry vodka by simmering the berries in water, and then squeezing them through a sieve, and then mixing the concoction with the vodka when it was time to serve it. I was always afraid that if I processed the berries directly in the vodka, that I risked losing some of the alcohol as you never get all the juice back out of the pulp and berries.
Then, recently, we bought a slow cold press juicer. So I found some very pretty frozen cranberries, and decided to revisit the whole vodka scenario.
So, the ingredients you need:
- 3 medium packs of cranberries
- 1 cup of sugar
- half a cinnamon stick
- zest of one orange
- 1 bottle of vodka
I thawed and thoroughly washed the cranberries (3 medium packs of them), picking out any that were not ripe or that were not so pretty. I added them to a large pot, along with a cup of sugar, half a cinnamon stick, the zest of an orange, the segments of the orange after I peeled it, and a bottle of vodka.
I simmered, covered, for about 20 minutes, then allowed it to cool. Then I placed the entire contents of the pot into a large, clean, jar with a lid.
I allowed the mixture to sit overnight, and then placed in the fridge for 24 hours. Then I strained it, leaving the liquid in a large bowl, then I placed the solid ingredients (excluding the cinnamon stick) thru the juicer. Then I added the juice from the juicer to the strained liquid, and refrigerated it.
Now, this came out VERY strong. So only sip it, or use it for mixing with other ingredients for a cocktail. I will tell you that a friend was over for dinner, and was totally SMASHED from one small glass of this, so be warned! Go slow when consuming.