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    Cranberry Liqueur (Light)

    Cranberry Liqueur (Light). Photo by Redsie

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    15 mins

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    5 mins

    Redsie's Note:

    I have made this for Christmas and also for Summer parties - it is delicious! It keeps in the fridge for up to a year (as I am writing this, I am having a sip of my liqueur I prepared for Easter - and it is still as good (if not better)!! I got this recipe from a Cooking light magazine.

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    1. 1
      Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan; cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and cool completely.
    2. 2
      Place cranberries in a food processor; process 2 minutes or until finely chopped. Combine sugar mixture and cranberries in a large bowl; stir in vodka.
    3. 3
      Pour the vodka mixture into clean jars; secure with lids. Let stand 3 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking every other day.
    4. 4
      Strain the cranberry mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl, and discard solids. Carefully pour liqueur into clean bottles or jars.
    5. 5
      Note: Liqueur can be stored refrigerated or at room temperature for up to a year.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 05, 2008


      I gave this a try, since it looked and sounded so yummy. It lived up to it's reputation! I thoroughly enjoyed sharing it at a birthday celebration with friends. Everyone who tried it thought it was delicious! I loved it with 1/2 gingerale and 1/2 club soda, but it was wonderful on it's own as well. Thanks for posting, I'll be making this one again and again!

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    • on December 05, 2007


      January 10: So far, this gets 5 stars for ease of preparation. With no fuss or muss, the jars are on a shelf in the cellar, waiting for time to work its magic. I'll report back when the three weeks are up. February 4: I have now strained out the cranberries and then strained the liquid twice. The result is a very clear, very deep red liquid, thinner than most liqueur/cordials. The taste is superior--there's no harshness and it is not overly sweet. This is wonderful as a cordial (and so pretty in the little crystal cordial glasses) and fabulous as the base for a cranberry martini/cosmopolitan sort of cocktail. Thanks, Redsie! UPDATE: Now, December 2007, this is so refined and elegant--almost like a cranberry cognac. It keeps getting better--but we are now almost out so it's time to start the process again.

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    • on November 03, 2014


      I have been making this every fall for the past 6 years & it is AMAZING! Love it...perfect holiday treat & beautiful color as well. I use only 1 cup sugar & it's still got just enough sweetness.

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    Nutritional Facts for Cranberry Liqueur (Light)

    Serving Size: 1 (93 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 18

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 180.9
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 1.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 24.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
    Sugars 23.0 g
    Protein 0.0 g

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