Cranberry and orange vodka

Cranberry and orange vodka
  • Serves icon Makes two 500ml bottles
  • Time icon Takes 15 minutes to make, plus maturation

The cranberries give this vodka recipe a brilliant ruby colour that looks so Christmassy – perfect to give as a gift.

Nutrition: per serving

Calories
140kcals
Fat
trace
Protein
trace
Carbohydrates
9.6g (9.2g sugar)
Salt
trace
Calories
140kcals
Fat
trace
Protein
trace
Carbohydrates
9.6g (9.2g sugar)
Salt
trace

Per 50ml serving

Ingredients

  • 250g fresh or frozen cranberries
  • Pared zest of 2 oranges
  • 175-200g caster sugar, to taste
  • 1 litre unbranded vodka

Method

  1. Put the cranberries into a shallow dish and stab them with a fork, but don’t reduce to a mush. Put them into 2 sterilised (see know-how), wide-necked jars with lids, with the strips of orange zest and the sugar.
  2. Pour over the vodka, seal and leave somewhere dark for 2 weeks, shaking the jar now and then (about once a week), until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Strain the liquid through a muslin-lined sieve into a jug, decant into sterilised bottles, seal and label.

delicious. tips

  1. Decorate the bottles with a ribbon, some wrapping ties or a Christmas decoration. This would make a great present with some nice shot glasses.

  2. To sterilise the bottles: preheat the oven to 150°C/fan130°C/gas 2. Wash your bottles and lids in hot soapy water, rinse well, then leave to drain briefly. Put the bottles into the warm oven and leave for at least 15 minutes before using.

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