Spiced Cranberry Vodka

An alternative to the mulled wine that is traditionally offered to Christmas guests. A bottle of this warmly spiced vodka could also make an attractive homemade gift.

Ingredients

  • Vodka, 500ml - 1 litre
  • 500g Cranberries
  • 1 Orange, rind only, no pith
  • 1cm Ginger, fresh root, tied in a piece of muslin
  • Stick of Cinnamon bark, tied in a piece of muslin

Method

  1. It is best to choose your gift bottle first, as this will determine how much vodka to use
  2. Into a dark coloured glass or ceramic jar place the cranberries, strips of orange rind with the spices in the muslin, ie cinnamon & ginger
  3. Pour in the vodka and then "muddle" twice a day for 3 -5 days, keeping the container in a dark cool place. "Muddling" is the gently mashing and mixing of the cranberries into the spicy liquid
  4. After 2 days, taste the liquid to check it is to your taste.
  5. If necessary, a little (1 tbsp or more) sugar can be added or the fruit and spice taken out at this stage.
    For a stronger blend continue for 5 - 6 days maximum.  I "muddled" for 3 days before removing the fruit mix.

The cranberries can be used to top a festive fruit salad, or special breakfast muesli/porridge or to make into another gift - chocolate cranberry liqueur truffles.

This is a special Christmas recipe created for WI members by Diane Sanderson NFWI Home Economics Adviser.