Cranberry Liqueur

Yield: 4 1/2 cups (serving size: 1/4 cup)
Source: Cooking Light, DECEMBER 2003
CL Comments: Presented in small decanters or glass bottles, Cranberry Liqueur makes a memorable gift. Attach a gift tag and include the following: "Cranberry Cosmopolitan: 1/2 cup Cranberry Liqueur, 1/4 cup Cointreau, 2 tablespoons lime juice. Mix with 1 cup crushed ice; strain into martini glass. Makes 2 cocktails."
Amy's Comments: This is a holiday standard! It's easy to make and hard to wait for it to finish!! I gave this out last year in small decorative bottles with orange liquor mini's and limes - great gift and its SO GOOD!!

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 (12-ounce) package fresh cranberries
3 cups vodka

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan; cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and cool completely.
  2. Place cranberries in a food processor; process 2 minutes or until finely chopped. Combine sugar mixture and cranberries in a large bowl; stir in vodka.
  3. Pour the vodka mixture into clean jars; secure with lids. Let stand 3 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking every other day.
  4. Strain the cranberry mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl, and discard solids. Carefully pour liqueur into clean bottles or jars.
Note: Liqueur can be stored refrigerated or at room temperature for up to a year.

NUTRITIONAL INFO:

Healthy Units: 4 per serving
CALORIES 193(0.0% from fat); FAT 0.0g (sat 0.0g,mono 0.0g,poly 0.0g); PROTEIN 0.1g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; CALCIUM 1.8mg; SODIUM 1.2mg; FIBER 0.8g; IRON 0.1mg; CARBOHYDRATE 25g

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