Festive Spiced Cranberry and Orange Vodka

I first made cranberry vodka as a result of desperation one Christmas day evening.

A few years back I somehow had not managed to pick any sloes and there was not a drop of sloe gin in the house at Christmas time.    I had the brainwave of adding the remains of the (homemade) cranberry sauce to half a bottle of gin and giving it a good  shake.   Very good it was too.

This Christmas vodka, uses cranberries, oranges and warming winter spices of cinnamon, cloves and a hint of star anise.

Christmas cranberry and orange vodka

So without further ado the recipe!

Recipe: Festive Spiced Cranberry & Orange Vodka

Makes 70cl.

200g cranberries
Zest of 1 orange – use a vegetable peeler to obtain wide strips
1” cinnamon stick
2 cloves
2 segments of a star anise
4oz sugar

About 450ml vodka.

Place the solid ingredients into a clear bottle and top up with vodka. Shake daily until the sugar is dissolved.

Leave for a good few weeks before drinking, the longer the better as the drink will become smoother with time.


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About Helen

Helen Best-Shaw is a freelance food & writer, photographer who has been writing about achievable, affordable and mostly healthy food on Fuss Free Flavours since 2007. She also contributes articles, recipes and photos to a number of online and print food magazines. Please do contact me if you would like to discuss commissioning work.

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  1. Looks very festive indeed. I’m sure the recipient was very happy :)

  2. Lovely picture – I didn’t take that! Who did? (or did you do it before I swiped your battery?!)

  3. Yes what a fab photo!!

  4. I always feel deprived when everyone’s making sloe gin….cranberry vodka is a great alternative.

  5. Jane English says:

    Any ideas on what to use instead of the orange. I’m allergic to them so it woiiuldn’t be the alcohol that makes me look worse for wear LOL.

    Would love to try to make some of these for gifts next Chriistmas – did I really just say that!!! Mind you with five kids I’ve already started buying lol. But my apologies for mentioning the C word in January.

  6. Kirstin Lydon says:

    I bet this festive boozy drink would warm me up on a cold winter’s night. My friends make their own plum vodka and give it away as Christmas presents.


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