Friday, November 16, 2012

Cranberry Vodka

With the holidays fast approaching, I think it is time for a new cocktail recipe. A while back I went with a friend to a local beverage store called Bevmo. Since I have moved here, I have been several times now. But my first time a few years ago was quite an eye opener! Being from Oregon, I was so shocked the first time I went there. It is a grocery sized store, full of all things alcohol. It is quite suprising for someone who came from a small town with a closet sized liquor store, it was quite a shock! Everything is very affordable there and they have everything you could ever want to host a cocktail party. They even have $0.05 wine tastings many Saturdays. During the visit, I happened to be lucky enough to speak with their Vodka specialist. I was looking for a sweet vodka that was gluten-free. She informed me that by using Gluten-Free Tito's Vodka, and other natural fruits and vegetables,  I could make any flavor of vodka I wanted. My friend and I have made several different flavors since then. Cucumber vodka is my favorite so far. However, Thanksgiving is fast approaching and so it is time for a Cranberry Vodka, with a hint of lime. This drink makes your holiday table pretty and tastes yummy too! 
Cranberry Vodka
adapted from Fancy Napkin
Cranberries
1 Lime
2 tsp Sugar or 1 tsp Stevia

First you take the cranberries and poke a hole in each one with a toothpick, pin or sharp knife. Put the poked cranberries into your jar, but only fill up a third of the way.

Using a knife, peel off the lime rind and place them into your jar with your cranberries. Fill the jar up to the the top with cranberries.

Next, you need to add a little bit of sugar or stevia to cancel out the bitterness of the cranberries. Now  pour the vodka on top of the cranberry/lime/sugar mixture, seal the jar, and give it a good shake. Place in the freezer. If you can remember to shake it every few days that is perfect. If not that is ok. The vodka will just get sweeter with time, but I found after just a few days it was quite tasty. It can last a very very long time in your freezer. As the vodka specialist said to me: "All Vodka should be stored in the freezer."

When you are ready to serve it, just take it out of the freezer and pour it. 
Serve just as is for a Cranberry Lime Vodka Martini, or use it as a mixer. Club soda is a nice addition to this concoction. Enjoy your Thanksgiving folks and drink responsibly! 

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