Cranberry Orange Vodka

Add Some Sparkle to Your Holidays

As Christmas nears the texts and Facebook messages start coming in.  “When are you making it?”, “Did you save me some?” The “it” my friends are referring to is my own version of holiday magic… cranberry orange infused vodka.  This easy to make recipe is guaranteed to put a twinkle in your eye and a smile on your lips at your next holiday gathering. The hardest thing about it is waiting for the infusion time to be over so you can enjoy the rich, delicious flavor in your next cocktail.

So, I won’t torture you with a dozen photos of every ingredient and utensil I used to make it; I’ll cut right to the chase.  Well maybe just one photo…presenting my Cranberry Orange Vodka

Cranberry Orange Ingrediets


1 (12 oz.) bag fresh Cranberries

1/2 cup Sugar

2 t Vanilla Extract

2 Oranges

1 (750 ml) bottle good quality Vodka

Glass container with an airtight lid


Sort and rinse cranberries; wash oranges.  Using a vegetable peeler, peel the zest only from both oranges, set aside.

Place cranberries, sugar and vanilla extract in a medium saucepan.  Over medium heat, heat the cranberry mixture, stirring frequently until berries pop.  (I’m like a little kid with bubble wrap so I pop the berries with a spoon.  There’s just something childishly satisfying about feeling that little “pop”!) Simmer about 10-12 minutes.  Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, place the orange zest in a clean, glass container and add vodka.  Carefully spoon cranberry mixture into the vodka and zest, stir gently till combined.  Save the empty vodka bottle.

Cranberry Orange Infusion

Cover tightly and set in a cool place for one week; do not shake or stir.  Now the hard part. You wait… and wait…

One week later:  Finally!  Using cheesecloth and a strainer, strain vodka mixture. You may have to strain twice to remove all the fruit particles.  Pour vodka back into the bottle you saved or you can use decorative gift bottles or mason jars, your choice.   Store vodka in freezer. Note:  because of the cranberries you may see some pectin in the bottom of the vodka bottle.  Just give it a little shake and you’re good to go.

My Cranberry Orange vodka is delicious on its own over ice in a rocks glass.  I like to switch it up and pour it over ice in a tall glass, add tonic and fresh lime slices as a garnish to make a festive sparkling cocktail.

I’ll update this post next week and show you the finished vodka along with a cocktail of two.  Until then grab your keys, throw on a jacket and run out for the items you’ll need.  You’ve got a week to wait so get moving! 

Happy Holidays!

Tammy and Dave

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