Cranberries are a holiday staple! One of the few things that Thanksgiving and Christmas have in common perhaps?
I don’t know if it counts as crafting, but yesterday I began the process of infusing some vodka with cranberries, in hopes that it will be ready and delicious by Christmas! If I bottle it up all cute and pretty we can count this as a craft, right? I think I even have the bottles I want to use already!
During my recent pin-fest for holiday things, I discovered a pin with some simple instructions for this. Well relatively. The measurements were in grams, and slightly off from the packages. I estimated my ingredients. And yes I was sober during this process!
Approx 2 liters of vodka (Sky)
2 bags of fresh cranberries (680 g)
Super fine sugar (350 g)
I bought a 1 gallon glass bottle from Amazon and a stopper for it. After washing it and the cranberries, I spent time poking holes in the cranberries with a toothpick and dropping them into the bottle. I also weeded a bunch out that looked yucky, into the plastic bag nearby. I estimate maybe 550-580g of cranberries were in the jar when I got finished.
The recipe called for caster sugar, but when I looked it up, it sounded like the main point was that the sugar be super fine grained. I wound up with a box of Dominos Super Fine Sugar. After measuring, I used a funnel to help me get as much of it into the bottle as I could. Sadly, the counter still wound up pretty much covered.
Next came the vodka. I used an entire 1.75 L bottle, plus a little bit from a second bottle.
Then I threw the stopper in, shook it up some, and now the waiting begins. I’m supposed to shake this puppy daily until the sugar dissolves, which should take about two weeks. However, the pin mentioned the longer you leave it, the better it tastes. So the Cranberries will be lingering in the vodka for a while, and sometime in December you’ll be reading a follow up post on this!!
Please tell me at least somebody picked up on my Cranberries / “Linger” fun … You should be happy I didn’t just write the song out here, it’s been stuck in my head since I started writing this post! 😛