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.
So without further ado the recipe!
- 200 g cranberries
- Zest of 1 orange – use a vegetable peeler to obtain wide strips
- 1" cinnamon stick
- 2 cloves
- 2 segments of a star anise
- 4 oz 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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