Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cranberry Liqueur

This holiday liqueur recipe from Cooking Light makes a great gift and is very low in calories and fat. Keep it on hand to mix up a batch of drinks whenever your neighbors stop by unexpectedly for a drink…like tonight.
Bon Appetit!
Yield: 4 1/2 cups (serving size: 1/4 cup)


2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
3 cups vodka

Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan; cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and cool completely.

Place cranberries in a food processor; process 2 minutes or until finely chopped. Combine sugar mixture and cranberries in a large bowl; stir in vodka.

Pour the vodka mixture into clean jars; secure with lids. Let stand 3 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking every other day.

Strain the cranberry mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl, and discard solids. Carefully pour liqueur into clean bottles or jars.

Note: Liqueur can be stored refrigerated or at room temperature for up to a year.