Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Cranberry Liqueur

Two quarts of cranberry liqueur ready to cure for 3 weeks.

I had a hard day.
I had to go to the dentist and have a filling replaced.  That filling was 40 years old, I was attached and I think the dentist has it out for me because I asked her if she was 12 the first time I met her.  Needless to say, it didn't go well, I cried, sweated bullets, had to have my husband leave work and come sit with me.  How embarrassing.

Then, Riley, my little dachshund, is not house broken so he has to wear a shirt so he won't 'go' in the house.  Tonight after dinner, and after he had been outside TWICE, he pooped in his shirt!  I had to get the damn poopy shirt off over his head, get him outside, get the mess cleaned up and then get his butt washed when he came in.  Sometimes I wonder if I like that dog at all.
Riley in his clean shirt...after the poop incident.

So, I don't feel well (actually I just don't feel my cheek, tongue or top of my mouth), and I had poop duty.  So I didn't feel much like baking.  I just wanted a drink.  Which reminded me that I wanted to make some cranberry liqueur.  So I did.

After our house fire 12 years ago, our neighbor took us in for a couple of days until we got our apartments (yes it took two apartments because we had 5 kids at home at the time).  One of the things our dear neighbor did was hand us a glass of her homemade cranberry liqueur each evening so we could relax after another hard day of dealing with all your worldly possessions going up in smoke.  It was a little glass of heaven each evening before bed.

I wanted to make some this year to have on hand for the holidays.  It is so good on its own, but it is also very good mixed with champagne, in a Cosmo, or mixed with vodka and some sprite.  I am using some of my wild Alaskan cranberries, but you can use the cranberries you buy at the store.  It is a beautiful color and a sweet-tart flavor.  It also makes nice gifts if you can bear to part with any.

It almost makes up for cleaning up a poopy dog and crying in the dentist's office
Weighing my cranberries.

Cooking cranberries, water, and sugar.

Dividing the cranberry mixture between two quart jars.
Cranberry Liqueur

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
  • 4 cups vodka 
  1. Combine sugar, cranberries and water in a medium saucepan; cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves and cranberry skins pop, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and cool completely.  Add vodka.
  2. Pour the vodka mixture into clean jars; secure with lids. I divide the cranberry/sugar mixture into two quart canning jars, then add two cups of vodka into each jar.  Let stand 3 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking every other day.
  3. Strain the cranberry mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl, and discard solids. Carefully pour liqueur into clean bottles or jars.  
  4. Note: Liqueur can be stored refrigerated or at room temperature for up to a year. Like it is going to last that long.
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  1. Just mail Riley down to us, Angus misses him!!

    1. Poor Riley, he does love his shirt though. He would enjoy your weather more than ours at this point!


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