Published: October 1, 2012
To allow the flavors of this drink to fully develop, plan on making it one month before you intend to serve it. Make it in mid-October to enjoy it during your Thanksgiving. Then, after waking up from your turkey coma, mix up another batch for a Christmas encore. Makes 6 servings.
Photo by John & Tanya Bäck
3 cups fresh cranberries
Zest of orange
2½ cups sugar
¼ cup orange juice
1 cinnamon stick
2 cups vodka
1. In saucepan over medium heat, combine first five ingredients. Cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar melts and berries pop. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes. Cool. Remove cinnamon stick.
2. Pour into large jar along with vodka. Store in refrigerator one month, stirring or shaking once or twice a week. Strain through sieve before serving.
Note: A few berries strained from the vodka can be used to garnish pudding or ice cream.
Source: Massachusetts Cranberry Harvest Festival Recipes 1997
Lorraine Carr; Courtesy Cape Cod Cranberry Growers’ Association