Cranberry Liqueur

READY IN: 288hrs 20mins
Recipe by echo echo

I always associate autumn with cranberries. Here is an elegant liqueur that's really easy to make (and a treat to receive as a Christmas or hostess gift). If giving as a gift, be sure to allow enough time (in days) for the fruit to fully infuse the liquor. Cooking time is actually infusion time. UPDATE: After the liqueur is made, try using it to make Rita L's cocktail A Jolly Christmas Special Cosmo or Red Hot Lovers Cosmo (A Jolly Christmas Special Cosmo or Red Hot Lovers Cosmo), or if you give the liqueur as a gift, you might want to give the recipient a copy of Rita's recipe to go with it!)

Top Review by Mightygran

I made a batch of this delecious drink, and it's wonderfully simple and sooooo good. I used 4 layers of cheesecloth for straining the berries from the liquid, and found there was ablsolutely no residue, so I could skip No's 8 and 9 in the recipe. I tied up the cheesecloth and hung it from a hook to drip overnight. I got 2 1/2 liqueur bottles from it. I did make cranberry liqueur for about 4 years now, (using 4 different recipes,) and this is the simplest by far. I found other years that letting it set for about a month in a cold room or refrigerator improves it's taste. Yum!!!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine cranberries with 2 cups sugar.
  2. Add water and boil 4-5 minutes until skins start to pop.
  3. Remove from heat and cool.
  4. Put in a mixing jar, add vodka and shake vigorously.
  5. Cover and leave to infuse at least 7 days, shaking or stirring occasionally.
  6. Pour thru a coarse strainer and discard berries.
  7. Let rest 3-4 days.
  8. Without shaking the jar, decant only the clear liquor into another jar, leaving white residue in the original jar.
  9. The white residue can be put thru a paper strainer (I use an unbleached coffee filter) until liquid is clear; add the strained liquor to the already decanted liqueur.
  10. Combine liqueur with 2 more cups of sugar and shake vigorously until sugar is absorbed.
  11. Let clear overnight and bottle.

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