Homemade Cranberry Liqueur is easy to make, delicious to drink and a beautiful gift to share over the holidays!
Homemade Cranberry Liqueur might be one of my favorite things to make for the holidays but because I added it to this blog several years ago, it has for the most part languished in the nether world of being here but no one knowing it.
As I finished this years batch of Homemade Cranberry Liqueur along with the Coffee Liqueur (Faux Kahlua!) I bottled last week I decided this recipe with cranberries was a ‘have to.’
Meaning I have to take some new photos, I have to re-post this article and then most importantly? You have to make it!
I’ve mentioned I make my Christmas gifts and each year there is a greater challenge to make something more unique than the last.
When I made this several years ago it was one of my first forays into the making of a liqueur. As it turns out they are pretty easy to make and this one, well, it is also beautiful.
Some inexpensive vodka, sugar, and your choice of flavors and you’ve got your own homemade liqueurs. How cool is that? I started with Limoncello and love it but this is WAY easier!
Homemade cranberry liqueur is so simple, nothing but cranberries, sugar and vodka.
Simple ingredients but added together and given a couple of weeks to age and you’ll have something amazing to share…or squirrel away if you must!
In the past couple of years I’ve started making Homemade Cranberry Liqueur in time for Thanksgiving; it’s really perfect for the entire holiday season so you need a bit of a head start since it has to age for a couple of weeks.
These cranberries were frozen from last year; I take NO chances on being able to find them in time! I’ll store a bottle in the freezer and a small sip is the perfect after dinner drink.
I save the cranberry fruit after the liqueur has been bottled and those little liquored up pieces of fruit are great in cranberry muffins or fantastic on top of some vanilla ice cream or pound cake with a drizzle of the liqueur.
Still, the star attraction for me is this Sparkling Cranberry Cocktail. It’s seasonal, so simple and elegant and yet from the making of the liqueur to the final cocktail, it is so easy no one would imagine you only labored for a few minutes. Perfect right?
With a touch of orange in the mix it’s such a great flavor which is sure a nice bonus when first impressions are all about how beautiful it is; there is nothing homemade looking about this Cranberry Liqueur Cocktail.
Though I’ve labeled the cocktail as a champagne one, the truth is I most often use either Italian Prosecco or Spanish Cava. They are both more reasonably priced than champagne and great for mixing with liqueurs for cocktails.
A friend of mine in Australia that I met on Twitter it seems like a million years ago wanted to make my recipe for cranberry liqueur but as it turns out, no fresh cranberries to be found.
We take them so for granted in the US; might it be because the majority of the world’s production is in Canada and the United States? Most of the world only has them available as a frozen product.
As it turned out, the year that Amanda wanted to try this recipe, she couldn’t even find frozen berries so went on a hunt for some dried one.
Not Craisins, either, but actually dried cranberries. She was successful and made a version that looks beautiful and tasted great…in case you are also located somewhere that is not overflowing with cases of fresh cranberries everywhere we turn this time of year!
For a version using dried cranberries, please visit Amanda’s blog, Lambs Ear and Honey…tell her Barb sent you. 🙂 And cheers Amanda!
More Homemade Liqueurs
- Coffee Liqueur (Faux Kahlua)
- Homemade Raspberry Liqueur
- Homemade Limoncello
- Homemade Chocolate Liqueur
- Homemade Blackberry Liqueur (Crème de Mûre)
- Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur
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Homemade Cranberry Liqueur
For the Cranberry Liqueur
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups cranberries fresh or frozen
- 2-3 cups vodka Use decent vodka but top shelf not required. I like to use 100 proof if I can fine it. (Smirnoff makes one)
For the Champagne Cocktail
- 1 ½ ounces Cranberry Liqueur
- 1 teaspoon orange juice fresh squeezed
- 1 pinch orange rind grated
- 4 oz Champagne Sub with Prosecco or Cava, chilled
To Make the Cranberry Liqueur
- Combine sugar and water in heavy saucepan and bring to boil. Simmer sugar syrup for three minutes, making sure all of the sugar has dissolved in the water.
- Add cranberries and remove from heat. Cool slightly.
- Add mixture to Cuisinart and chop just slightly to open up berries; cool completely.
- Combine with vodka in a glass or plastic container and mix thoroughly.
- Cover and store in a dark, cool location for 3-6 weeks; the longer the better.
- Stir ingredients every couple of days.
- Once the mixture is ready, strain through a fine metal sieve lined with cheesecloth (I like butter muslin; it's much finer and is sure to catch every seed); saving the berries; they are great on french toast, pancakes, or ice cream or put into muffins.
- Pour liqueur into glass containers; serve chilled in liqueur or shot glasses or use to make the Cranberry Champagne Cocktail.
- Time does not include the 3 weeks for 'brewing.'
To Make the Cocktail
- Pour 1/2 to 1 ounce of the cranberry liqueur into chilled champagne glasses; add orange juice and orange zest; stir. Top with your choice of chilled sparkling wine.
- I found the bottles I used the first year I did this at The Container Store; I’ve since seen them at World Market too but all retail bottles get pricey if making this for gifts.
- Now I buy bottles from Specialty Bottle; they have multiple styles and sizes that are inexpensive for gift giving.
- Butter Muslin is used in cheese-making and is a much finer weave than regular cheesecloth. Once you strain it you can wash it and use again. I usually strain twice to insure I get rid of any sediment!