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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Cranberry Liquor

This was a very poor year to grow just about anything in Fairbanks. It was also a really poor year for picking wild blueberries, but it was a steller year for cranberries. They are just dripping off the plants. We picked well over a gallon today and I got almost a gallon last week. They were really quite beautiful today. Most will get frozen and made into Cranberry Relish over the holidays. I couldn't resist getting a little cranberry liquor going that will be ready just in time for the holidays. Notice, I need to run out and get a little more vodka as mine did not fill my jar all the way!
Cranberry Liquor
6 cups cranberries
1 large bottle of vodka
Place clean, stem and leave free, dry cranberries in a 1/2 gallon canning jar. Put lid on jar and shake vigorously to break up cranberries and release their juice. Fill jar to top with vodka and place in a cool, dry place for about 3 months.
Line a mesh strainer with cheesecloth and strain mixture into a bowl. If you want the liquor to be clear, not cloudy do not press the cheesecloth.
Make a simple syrup by boiling 1 cup of water and adding two cups of sugar. Stir until melted and remove from head. Let cool and add to liquor. Return liquor to canning jars or individual bottles to package as gifts.


  1. Oh my goodness, how did I only find this now? I can't wait until I can get cranberries next Christmas. It'll be a long wait, but worth it I'm sure.

  2. I have 2 pin-cherry trees and use the cherries for liqour with a similar recipe. Clair's Cultivation on CHSR sells the trees - and they are amazing! I suspect you would find lots to do with the berries.

  3. We have a giant pin cherry in our yard. I have never thought to do anything with the berries. I just let the birds have them.

  4. Just finished up my cranberry liquor and it is fantastic! Thank you for this wonderful recipe. I'll be making an extra large batch next fall.


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