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Homemade Cranberry Vodka Recipe

You Can Make Your Own Cranberry Vodka, So Go Ahead and Start Mixing

Sure, an alcohol advent calendar would be a sweet party gift, but showing up with your own homemade flavored vodka would be even more impressive. Infusing vodka with cranberries is a festive, and pretty simple, take on hard liquor.

This method calls for combining the fruit with orange peel and vanilla bean and letting it infuse for about a week, give or take a few days. Once you strain the mixture, don't toss those candied cranberries! They can be used as a garnish for any festive cocktail. I'm planning to muddle them up in just about every drink I can.

Cranberry Vodka

From Michael Chiarello

Cranberry Vodka


  1. 1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries
    1 cup sugar
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract, or 1 vanilla bean, split
    2 oranges, peels cut into 2-inch strips
    1 (750 mL) bottle of vodka


  1. Place cranberries, sugar, and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Place pan over medium heat, and stir. Simmer cranberry mixture until the berries burst, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. Place orange peels in a large glass container with an airtight lid, or large mason jars with lids. Pour vodka over the orange peels.
  3. Allow the cranberry mixture to cool. Pour the cooled mixture into the glass container(s). Cover tightly, and set aside for 1 week.
  4. After 1 week, strain out the cranberries and orange peels, and pour mixture into a clean bottle, using a funnel. Place cranberries in a separate 16-ounce, wide-mouth mason jar. Store both in the refrigerator.

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