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.
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 Tbsp. water
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 3 cups good quality vodka
- In a saucepan, heat cranberries, vanilla, sugar and water until the cranberries begin to pop.
- Pour the cranberries and liquid into a glass jar. Stir in vodka.
- Cover and let stand for at least 3 days or up to one month. Strain out cranberries before serving.