How to Make Festive Cranberry and Orange Liqueur

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

A liqueur is sweetened alcoholic beverage that has been flavored with fruit, cream, herbs, spices, flowers or nuts. Homemade liqueurs make lovely presents and are super simple to make. Over the years we’ve made lots of different combinations. We think our Cranberry and Orange version is particularly suited to the Christmas season.

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.

What you need to make Cranberry and Orange Liqueur.

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

Large Glass Jar (Amazon affiliate link) to hold all your ingredients and pretty glass bottles (Amazon affiliate link) for bottling.

 

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. Make sure that it 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 cranberries 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 and taste it periodically to check the flavours. Once the taste is to your liking, strain the fruit through butter muslin and bottle. The residue cranberries taste really yummy, so I freeze mine to use at a later date. 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!

Our cranberry and orange liqueur is great enjoyed neat, mixed into cocktails (we have a really bad habit of adding it to Prosecco), and to have in the cupboard ready to give as a 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.

This super easy liqueur using the classic combination of Cranberry and Oranges makes a delicious home made gift, and is perfect for hampers or hostess gifts

 

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22 comments

Jayne March 12, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Just bottled this, was surprised at how ‘cloudy’ it is, even strained it twice. Am I doing something wrong? On a positive note, it takes good!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders March 28, 2020 - 10:10 pm

I doubt you did anything wrong Jayne, did you use muslin to strain it? Mine comes out clear but my rosehip liqueur is often cloudy at first although it does clear after time. Glad it still tastes good 🙂

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Anniehawk November 25, 2019 - 4:28 pm

Absolutely delicious! Just strained my first batch and have put the soaked cranberries to good use in my Christmas cake. Cheers!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 25, 2019 - 4:47 pm

So pleased you like it Annie, thank you for taking the time to come back and comment. I bet the cranberries will be amazing in your Christmas cake 🙂

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Linda at Mixed Kreations November 29, 2016 - 12:45 am

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?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders December 2, 2016 - 8:21 am

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

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Michelle November 26, 2016 - 10:30 am

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

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 27, 2016 - 10:01 am

It is lovely Michelle, and such a beautiful colour 🙂

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Debbie November 26, 2016 - 6:48 am

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 27, 2016 - 9:58 am

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

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Verily Victoria Vocalises October 24, 2015 - 8:52 am

I love Cranberry and Orange – but an alcoholic version?! Gorgeous! Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

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Sarah October 25, 2015 - 2:07 pm

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!

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Becky, Cuddle Fairy October 21, 2015 - 12:14 pm

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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Sarah October 21, 2015 - 5:04 pm

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

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Nikki Frank-Hamilton October 18, 2015 - 10:06 pm

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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Sarah October 18, 2015 - 10:15 pm

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 🙂

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Nikki Frank-Hamilton October 31, 2015 - 1:50 am

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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Sarah October 31, 2015 - 10:31 am

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

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Mudpie Fridays October 17, 2015 - 8:30 pm

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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Sarah October 18, 2015 - 7:22 am

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!

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Michelle October 15, 2015 - 5:34 pm

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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Sarah October 15, 2015 - 7:20 pm

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 🙂

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