My festive spiced cranberry and orange vodka makes the perfect warming drink for Christmas. Beautifully balanced with winter fruit and aromatic spices, it's a great way to impress your guests on cosy nights in. Equally good made with gin, rather than vodka.
Prick the cranberries with a fork or freeze them so the skins break.
Place the cranberries, sugar, spices and orange zest in a wide-necked preserving jar.
Top up with a reasonable (but not premium) vodka or dry London gin,
Seal and give a good shake every day until the sugar has dissolved.
Leave for at least six weeks if you can (although it is more than drinkable after 10 days); the longer the better, as the drink will become smoother with time.
Strain and bottle. Again, the drink will become smoother if you can leave it for a few weeks.