Cranberries are right up there with pumpkin pie or chestnuts (or piñon, if you're a New Mexican!) when it comes to signaling Yuletide fun. And if you love a good Cosmo or any vodka-based cocktail, then this cranberry and lime infused alcohol is the perfect treat.
I use Organic Prairie Vodka as my base but feel free to use your favorite vodka brand so long as it is good quality. I also poke holes into the cranberries because their wax-like exterior can make it harder to infuse in your alcohol. A pinch of sugar draws out their flavors even more. As always, make sure your produce is organic so you maximize the flavor without the chemicals. Don't be surprised if it slowly starts turning a rich red in color--that just ups the festive quotient! And don't throw away the cranberries after their soak--freeze them to drop into champagne cocktails or use them for a tasty and boozy cranberry sauce.
1 1/2 cups organic cranberries
peels of 3 organic limes
pinch of sugar
15 oz vodka
Make sure the white pith is removed from lime peels to avoid bitterness. Poke holes in the cranberries (this will help vodka absorb their flavor). Combine all Ingredients in a mason jar or other airtight container. Let sit for at least three days and up to two weeks, making sure to shake it periodically. The longer you let it sit, the stronger the flavor will be. Pour mixture through a strainer to remove berries and peels and return to mason jar. Store in fridge or liquor cabinet. Makes about 16 oz. Enjoy!
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