how to make your own infused vodka

back in february, we had an oscar party that i never posted about it, because i was lame and didn't take pictures. you'll just have to take my word that much fun was had. for the occasion, i infused vodka for cocktails. of course, i found out i was pregnant that same day, so i didn't get to imbibe, and the pretty pink bottle still lingers in our fridge, taunting me. someday, i won't be pregnant or breastfeeding and can enjoy a drink again!

in the meantime, here is the recipe for this deliciously simple vodka infusion so you, too, can make your own tasty signature drink for parties or gifts.

Cranberry-Orange Vodka (from michael chiarello)

1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 oranges, peels cut into 2-inch strips
1 (750-ml) bottle vodka (inexpensive stuff is perfect)

Place cranberries, sugar and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Place pan over medium heat and stir. Simmer cranberry mixture until the berries burst, about 5 to 6 minutes. (in my experience, this takes a bit longer.)

Place orange peels in a large glass container with an airtight lid or large mason jars with lids. (you can buy a giant mason jar for this purpose at michael's.)

Pour vodka over the orange peels.

Allow the cranberry mixture to cool. Pour the cooled mixture into the glass container. Cover tightly and set aside for 1 week. After 1 week, strain out the cranberries sand orange peels and pour mixture into a clean bottle, using a funnel. (if you strain it a second time through a sieve and a paper towel, it will become totally clear.)

Store vodka in the refrigerator.

To serve: Pour 2 ounces of vodka mixture over ice in a tall glass and top with tonic water. Garnish with a slice of lime. (jim drinks it with orange juice as well.)

we gave a pretty bottle of it as a party favor, and i've also made it for christmas gifts. homemade liqueur--how fun is that? next i'd like to try limoncello or kahlua:)


  1. That sounds yummy! I'll have to give it a try one of these days.

  2. Hey, did I miss the announcement? Congratulations!!!!!!


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