Monday, November 28, 2011

cranberry and orange vodka

Today we're having a party. I've got my music cranked up, my sparkly shoes on, and I even curled my hair. Wait, what's that? We're not actually having a party? It's two in the afternoon on a Sunday? Sorry I guess I got confused. (Does this mean I should put the glass of champagne down now? Never mind, don't answer that.)

Today we're just talking about parties. About holiday parties to be specific.  Holiday parties can be awesome. There are Christmas carols and peppermint cookie and mistletoe. Holiday parties can also be awkward. There are reindeer sweaters and fruitcakes and mistletoe.  We've all been there.

I can't mend the mistletoe mishaps, but I do have the answer to another of your burning holiday party questions--what to bring the hostess. This cranberry infused vodka makes for a festive and pretty gift that any party planner would be happy to receive. Tie it with a bow, attach the recipe for the cranberry cocktail listed below, and you've got an instant holiday hit on your hands. Just don't forget to make an extra batch for yourself.  It will pair perfectly with all that leftover fruitcake.

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Cranberry and Orange Vodka
Recipe from Martha Stewart

1 cup cranberries, rinsed 
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons water
1 large piece orange peel
3 cups vodka

Combine cranberries, sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat and cook until the sugar is dissolved, the liquid is pink and the cranberries are beginning to burst. Remove from heat and pour into a glass jar.  Add the vodka and the orange peel, cover, and let sit at room temperature for at least three days or up to a month. Strain before serving.

Serving Suggestions: 

Cranberry Cosmopolitan
Recipe from Martha Stewart
(Note: I haven't made this yet, but it's Martha's recommended way to serve. Let me know if you try it out!)

1 1/2 ounces cranberry infused vodka
1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
1/2 ounce Cointreau (or another orange liqueur)
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
ice cubes, for shaking
cranberries and orange peel for garnish

Combine the cranberry vodka, cranberry juice, orange liqueur and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake until well combined. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with skewered cranberries or orange peel.

Other Edible Holiday Gift Ideas:


sarah @ two tarts said...

Looks delicious! I haven't tried an infused vodka yet...was it worth it?

Sam said...

Champagne is a classic staple that goes with everything.

Anonymous said...

soo festive! i've been into infusions lately, so i will have to try these soon.