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TIP OF THE DAY: Make Cranberry Liqueur & Cranberry Vodka Cocktails

You can buy cranberry liqueur, of course; but it’s fun to make your own and serve it in holiday drinks.

You have just enough time to make a batch and serve it on Christmas.

Homemade liqueur can be stored in the fridge or at room temperature for up to a year. Chill the bottle before making the cocktails below.

We love to garnish holiday cocktails with a rosemary sprig, which resembles the branch of a pine tree.



  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 12 ounces cranberries (1 package fresh
  • 3 cups vodka

    Serve cranberry cocktails for the holidays.
    Photo courtesy Grey Goose.



    1. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; set aside to cool.

    2. In a food processor, process cranberries for about two minutes, until finely chopped. Combine with sugar syrup in a large bowl. Add vodka and blend thoroughly.

    3. Pour the vodka mixture into a large, airtight jar (or two smaller jars). Place in a cool, dark place for at least three weeks, shaking every other day.

    4. Line a sieve with cheesecloth and strain into a pitcher or a bowl with a lip. Discard solids in cheesecloth (you can wash and reuse the cheesecloth).

    5. Pour liqueur into a clean bottle. You can reuse a wine bottle or the vodka bottle.


    Cranberry Sparkler

    Here’s the cranberry version of a Kir Royale, substituting cranberry liqueur for the traditional crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur). For a nonsparkling version (analogous to a regular Kir), mix the cranberry liqueur with white wine.

  • Place 1 ounce cranberry liqueur in a Champagne flute (or a white wine glass for the non-sparkling version).
  • Top with Prosecco or other sparkling wine.
  • Garnish with a rosemary sprig.
    Cranberry Martini

  • Place 1 ounce cranberry liqueur and two ounces of vodka or gin in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake and strain into a Martini glass.
  • Garnish with a rosemary sprig.
    Cosmo Royale

  • Combine 2 ounces cranberry liqueur, one ounce orange liqueur (Grand Marnier, Cointreau or other) and two ounces vodka in a shaker with ice.
  • Shake and strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.

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