Cranberry Vodka

Cranberry Vodka

You know what’s annoying? The 50 million different flavors of vodka that are currently available. It’s one thing to drink coconut rum. Or maybe have a bit of citrus in your vodka. But pumpkin pie? Caramel apple? Whipped cream?! This is madness and it’s getting out of hand. There’s really no need for millions of flavored vodkas. Especially not when infused vodka is so much better.

Yep, we’re talking cranberry infused vodka today. I made a batch of this for Thanksgiving, since you need to have cocktails around the holidays. And it’s seasonally appropriate. Festive, even. But see, infused vodkas are in a league of their own. They don’t use fake, crap ingredients to make your vodka taste like marshmallow fluff or weird strawberries. Infused vodkas take fresh, in-season ingredients and let them marinate in the vodka. They infuse the vodka, imparting all that flavor into it. You can, of course, try this with any number of things. Sage and citrus, watermelon, Rainier cherry. I decided to opt for vanilla and cranberries.

To serve, just simply add some to your favorite mixer. Avoid anything that might overpower it, since you really want the flavors to show through. Don’t, for example, mix the cranberry infused vodka with cranberry juice. It’ll blend right in. Add it into a little carbonated water or with lemon-line soda. Garnish it with some mint or even muddle a bit of mint at the bottom of the glass. Note, this also makes a great food gift for anyone who loves cocktails.

Cranberry Vodka
Recipe type: drinks, cocktails, winter
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  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 cups good quality vodka

  1. In a saucepan, heat cranberries, vanilla, sugar and water until the cranberries begin to pop.
  2. Pour the cranberries and liquid into a glass jar. Stir in vodka.
  3. Cover and let stand for at least 3 days or up to one month. Strain out cranberries before serving.


11 thoughts on “Cranberry Vodka

  1. Whoa…Kim. You are speaking my language here! Actually, I drink cranberry juice nearly every day….I love it. So this infused vodka has my name all over it! I agree…some of these crazy vodka flavors, while interesting, are artificial. And while they may be fun for that one cocktail you are buying it for….how much of it do you really need? I’m a big fan of infusing. I infuse flavor into milk before making ice cream, too! But this cranberry vodka….I’d simply put it in the freezer and serve it over ice! And what a great idea for a hostess gift! : )

    • I love cranberry juice, too! It’s my favorite, I think. But you’re totally right. You buy the pumpkin pie vodka and then use it once, twice maybe. Infused vodkas, you can use them over and over and make as much or as little as you want! I love the idea of keeping it in the freezer. :)

  2. I agree – all the flavored alcohols out there are getting ridiculous. I think I saw a birthday cake flavored vodka the other day… what?! Love the idea of using fresh ingredients to infuse into the vodka instead!

  3. Some of these weirdo vodkas just sound gross. I mean…I love pumpkin pie but in vodka – EWWW.

    Given my love of cranberry juice+vodka as a drink, I am totally down with this infusion!

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