Sandy and I are deeply committed to the science (or is it an art?) of adding fruit to alcohol. You might have noticed that already if you’d spotted our recipes for sloe gin, damson gin, and blackberry and apple gin/vodka! We’ve been waiting for fresh cranberries to arrive in the shops for a 3 or 4 weeks now so that we could try making cranberry vodka, as described in Sarah Raven’s Complete Christmas (one of our favourite Christmas recipe/style books). Here are the cranberries, washed and waiting for their bath.
You need 100g of cranberries to add to 1 750ml bottle of vodka. Prick the cranberries a few times (boring but there’s not too many to do), and put them in a 1 litre clip top jar (Kilner or Le Parfait). Empty the bottle of vodka in on top, and then stir in a tablespoonful of runny honey. And that’s it. Leave the jar for 2-3 weeks, giving it a shake when you think about it, and then strain into a clean, sterilised, screw-top/clip-top bottle. Here are the cranberries bathing in vodka (what a thought…), you can see that there’s already a little bit of pinkness infusing the alcohol:
Obviously we can’t tell you what it tastes like, but, it’s got to be worth a try, right? With the rest of the cranberries I’m making some cranberry and juniper jelly to have with our turkey on Christmas day. Yum.
Some of you might remember… I’m meant to be off having lots of jollies in London but had to cry off because I have such a bad cold – I’m so sad to be missing all my friends (I had so much lined up!). Leave lots of nice comments please – it doesn’t have to be about cranberries, but can involve alcohol, if you like…