based on a recipe from The NY Times
2-12oz bags cranberries
4 c. sugar
2 c. water
1 handle (1.75L) vodka*
*kitchen notes: I use 2 half full handles of vodka so I can simply add the cranberry syrup on top to let it sit for a week before gifts go out. Regarding the type of vodka, I like to use Smirnoff because it's pretty cost effective with minimal flavor. This time, I used the cheap Costco brand and like the results so far.
Boil the frozen cranberries in a saucepan with sugar and water until the berries POP. Puree the mixture in a food processor. Wait for the mixture to cool, then funnel the cranberry syrup equally into each half full handle of vodka. Adding the zest of a couple of oranges would be great, or you could also add some cinnamon sticks, if that's your thing.
Let the concoction sit in a cool, dark place - fridge space is a hot commodity during the holidays and cool and dark is sufficient - for at least a week or two. When you are ready to decant into pretty gift bottles, pour through a strainer lined with cheesecloth to get rid of the cloudiness. Since I did not have forethought to make this ahead of time this year to take pictures, go directly to Pinterest for bottling ideas (or hopefully Natty will show us her stuff next week!).
This liqueur is an awesome addition to a liquor cabinet, but I personally love it over ice with fizzy water and a squeeze of lime.