Cranberry and Orange Liqueur

Cranberry and Orange Liqueur - enjoy!

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. 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 - You will need

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 - Pop the berries, zest and sugar into large jar

Cranberry and Orange Liqueur - Pour in the Vodka

Cranberry and Orange Liqueur - Stand in a cool, dark place

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 - 10 weeks later

Cranberry and Orange Liqueur - Strain out the fruit

Cranberry and Orange Liqueur - Pour into pretty bottles

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.

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  • Reply Verily Victoria Vocalises

    I love Cranberry and Orange – but an alcoholic version?! Gorgeous! Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x
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    October 24, 2015 at 8:52 am
    • Reply Sarah

      It’s really yummy. Have invented a special Christmas recipe which I plan to share with you all in the next week or so, am extra pleased with that one!

      October 25, 2015 at 2:07 pm
  • Reply Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    This is such a great idea to make your own flavoured vodka! I love your step by step instructions & images. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe with #foodpornthursdays x
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    October 21, 2015 at 12:14 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Flavoured spirits are so simple, we make lots of different ones throughout the year. They make great gifts – no-one we know complains when we give them a bottle :) Thanks for having us on #Foodpornthursdays

      October 21, 2015 at 5:04 pm
  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    How cool is this! I love a flavored vodka or rum when I do have a cocktail, either lemon, orange or berry flavored. You’ve given me a great way to do it by myself, and it looks like a lot of fun!! Yum!
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    October 18, 2015 at 10:06 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      They are so simple to make, lemon is a particular favourite of mine, but all of them are lovely. They make brilliant gifts as well. We just make hampers for all our family now at Christmas, everyone enjoys something nice to eat and drink. Have invented a special Christmas concoction, which I’m looking forward to posting soon :)

      October 18, 2015 at 10:15 pm
      • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton

        Sarah, that sounds delish! Can’t wait to read it! Then perhaps sample it, the best part of making something, don’t you think???
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        October 31, 2015 at 1:50 am
        • Reply Sarah

          The sampling is the most important bit. Wouldn’t be right to give something away that I wasn’t sure met my exacting standards! I am so dedicated to my craft, Have invented a Christmas concoction that I’m so excited about – we’ll have to work out if its legal for me to send some over to you in the post x

          October 31, 2015 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Mudpie Fridays

    We have made orange before but not with cranberry very festive! :) Good tip on keeping the fruit as well x #foodpornthursdays
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    October 17, 2015 at 8:30 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Orange on it’s own sounds good – I’ll have to try that. One of our favourites is lemon. That’s what I love about fruit liqueurs, you can tailor them exactly to your own tastes, combining flavours and sweetness to suit yourself! We have invented our own very special Christmas recipe which I will be sharing very shortly!

      October 18, 2015 at 7:22 am
  • Reply Michelle

    That’s really cool that you make your own Liquer! It sounds like it would taste really good. I’ve recently gotten hooked on the cranberry flavor and I love orange. I will have to try this! Visiting from #foodpornthursdays
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    October 15, 2015 at 5:34 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Flavoured alcohols are so easy to make Michelle, and you can tailor them to your own taste – much cheaper than buying them ready made. We make loads each year to give away as presents, and everyone loves them. Let me know how you get on if you do make some :)

      October 15, 2015 at 7:20 pm

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