Drop what you are doing and go whip up a batch of Cranberry Liqueur!
If you make it today or tomorrow (I’m sure one or two days won’t matter), this delectable treat will be ready by Christmas night. Or Christmas Eve. Instead of cookies and milk, you could leave Santa a Cranberry Cosmopolitan and I’m sure he would NOT leave coal in your stocking!
(Your neighbors might be pretty happy too – happy enough to forgive the megawatt spectacle in your yard… Just saying that bribery works.)
I started this batch three weeks ago so I could taste-test before recommending the recipe. Oh, the things I do for R & D!
I can now wholeheartedly say, go make this! NOW! 🙂 It bottles up beautifully – I got some 16.7 oz bottles at the Container Store that I will be-ribbon and tag for gifts for lucky friends and neighbors.
I guess you could use this for New Year’s Eve too, right? Or does “cranberry season” end at Christmas for you?
Oh, and the recipe is from Cooking Light! How brilliant is that?
For a gift, attach a tag that includes drink instructions:
“Cranberry Cosmopolitan: 1/2 cup Cranberry Liqueur, 1/4 up Cointreau, 2 Tablespoons lime juice. Mix with 1 cup crushed ice; strain into martini glasses. Makes 2 cocktails.”
yield: approximately 4 1/2 cups
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries
3 cups vodka (cheap is o.k.)
1. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool completely.
2. Place cranberries into a food processor and process two minutes or until finely chopped.
3. Combine sugar mixture and cranberries in a large bowl; stir in vodka.
4. Pour the vodka mixture into clean jars; secure with lids. Let stand 3 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking every other day.
5. Strain the cranberry mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl, and discard solids. Carefully pour liqueur into clean bottles or jars.
Note: Liqueur can be stored refrigerated or at room temperature for up to a year.
Source: Cooking Light, December 2008