Cranberry Liqueur with a Twist
Posted on Monday, November 25th, 2013
This Cranberry Liqueur is quick to make, has spectacular color, and delivers on the flavor. Cranberry and orange flavors are a long time favorite combination. I added a sprig of lemon verbena, but rosemary or sage would be swell possibilities. For the sweetener, I went with a nice quality maple syrup, which gave it instant depth. I used vodka for the spirit. The Cranberry Liqueur can be enjoyed in small glasses as an after dinner drink, or mixed with club soda for a quickie cocktail.
This gorgeous infusion is ready in two weeks, so you can even get some Cranberry Liqueur made in time for holiday gifts.
- 2 cups vodka
- 1 cup cranberries, halved or smushed
- peel of one orange (I used a satsuma)
- sprig of lemon verbena, rosemary or sage
- 1 – 2 tablespoons good quality maple syrup
Place everything but the maple syrup in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Give it a gentle shake daily. Store it away from a window or the stove. Taste it after 2 or 3 days to see if the rosemary or sage flavor is strong enough. If so, pull the herb out. If you are a rosemary or sage fan, maybe you’ll want to leave it in for the entire two weeks. Lemon verbena is a gentler presence, and can stay in the infusion the whole time. After two weeks, taste again. If you’re pleased with the flavor strength, strain the infusion into a clean bottle. Sweeten to taste with the maple syrup.