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Cranberry and Orange Liqueur

A liqueur is sweetened alcoholic beverage made from a distilled spirit that has been flavored with fruit, cream, herbs, spices, flowers or nuts. They make really great presents, and are super simple to make.

 

Cranberry and Orange Liqueur. This super easy recipe using the classic combination of Cranberry and Oranges makes a delicious home made gift - Perfect for Christmas Hampers or to take along to a party as a hostess gift!

 

The decision to make our liqueur from dried cranberries came simply from the fact that I had bought some while they were on offer, and it occurred to me that using dried fruit should give a lovely depth of flavour which would be perfect for the winter.

We used...

200g Sweetened Dried Cranberries
Zest from 2 Oranges
50g White Sugar (if using unsweetened cranberries you may want to increase the sugar)
75cl Bottle of Vodka

Cranberry and Orange Liqueur. This super easy recipe using the classic combination of Cranberry and Oranges makes a delicious home made gift - Perfect for Christmas Hampers or to take along to a party as a hostess gift!

Simply pop all your ingredients into a glass Jar or bottle big enough to hold them all, that also seals well enough that you can get away with giving it a shake without it all leaking out! I don’t usually bother sterilising my Jars for fruit alcohols as I believe the spirits have a high enough alcohol content to kill any bacteria, so I just go for ‘dishwasher clean’. Give the Jar a good shake and store in a cool dark place. Shake each day for the first week. Leave to mature for at least a month – you will notice that the colour leeches out of the fruit into the spirit as time goes on.

Cranberry and Orange Liqueur. This super easy recipe using the classic combination of Cranberry and Oranges makes a delicious home made gift - Perfect for Christmas Hampers or to take along to a party as a hostess gift!

I usually leave fruit liqueurs to infuse for 2-3 months - I taste it periodically to check the flavours. Once the taste is to your liking, strain the fruit through butter muslin and bottle. On this occasion, the residue fruit tasted really yummy, so I have popped it into the freezer, with the plan to add it to a crumble, or something like mincemeat in the future! These fruit spirits should keep for a number of years stored in a cool dark place, and apparently will develop a more complex flavour the longer you keep them.

Cranberry and Orange Liqueur. This super easy recipe using the classic combination of Cranberry and Oranges makes a delicious home made gift - Perfect for Christmas Hampers or to take along to a party as a hostess gift!

Fruit liqueurs are great enjoyed neat, mixed into cocktails (we have a really bad habit of adding them to Prosecco), and to have in the cupboard ready to give as a little gift.

Cranberry and Orange Liqueur. This super easy recipe using the classic combination of Cranberry and Oranges makes a delicious home made gift - Perfect for Christmas Hampers or to take along to a party as a hostess gift!

For more Homemade Liqueur inspiration, please check out our Raspberry and Mint Gin and our Christmas Spirit.

 

Cranberry and Orange Liqueur. This super easy recipe using the classic combination of Cranberry and Oranges makes a delicious home made gift - Perfect for Christmas Hampers or to take along to a party as a hostess gift!

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18 Comments

  • Reply Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Sarah, I’m not much of a drinker but this does so amazing! I may just give it a try just because, and who knows I may like how it turns out. The cranberry and orange sound delicious. Can you taste the liqueur or does the fruit cover the liqueur taste?

    November 29, 2016 at 12:45 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      Thanks Linda. You do know its alcoholic but because of the fruit and sugar this one really is easy drinking 🙂

      December 2, 2016 at 8:21 am
  • Reply Michelle

    That sound so refreshing Sarah. I’ve always enjoyed the tartness of cranberries and adding some orange must round the flavor off so nicely.

    November 26, 2016 at 10:30 am
  • Reply Debbie

    Hi Sarah, I’m not a drinker, but this liqueur sounds perfect for the festive season. I can imagine Granny sitting rosy cheeked in the corner clutching a glass of this!

    xx
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    November 26, 2016 at 6:48 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      It’s perfect for Christmas Debbie, we mix it with prosecco to make cocktails 🙂

      November 27, 2016 at 9:58 am
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