There are about three days left until Christmas, depending on when you start celebrating. I kept this recipe aside for today, because it requires three days to sit before it can be given out, making it the ideal last minute home-made present. I’ve also found that I have most of these ingredients sitting around the house during the holidays, although the cranberries might require a quick trip to the store.
It is a Martha Stewart recipe, so the original is here, but here’s what’ I’ve done.
Instead of cooking cranberries fresh, I used 1 c leftover home-made cranberry sauce and drop it into my handy 2 gallon jar with a 750 ml bottle of plain vodka (about 3 c). Then scrape long strips of peel off of a whole orange with a vegetable peeler, and drop in. Screw on lid, and give the jar a good solid shake. Let sit in a dark, cold place, like a garage or cellar, for three days or longer. Before you go to bottle* it for gifts, taste the vodka. If it needs to be sweetened, make a simple syrup of 1-to-1 water to sugar and sweeten.
This drink is a beautiful color, and makes a perfect base for New Year’s Eve cocktails. Cosmos anyone?
*I spend all year saving up nice jars for the holidays, so sometimes I have a bottle in my jar collection, but most of the time, I just put my liqueurs into jars. If the jar is nice looking (tall and thin, or nicely shaped) and there is a decorative label or sticker on the lid, then I let that be enough.