Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Christmas Cheer

Happy December to all of you!! I'll share a few of our favorite recipes this month, even though I'm not very fond of cooking, because making food as gifts is fun. And this recipe qualifies as a gift, whether it's given away or enjoyed by the maker on a cold December night. :)

Cranberry Vodka

1 pound cranberries

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean, split

1 bottle tonic

Lime slices, for garnish

Place cranberries, sugar and vanilla in a medium saucepan. Place pan over medium heat and stir. Simmer cranberry mixture until the berries burst, about 5 to 6 minutes.

Divide mixture in half and pour into large, clean mason jars. Pour vodka into the jars to cover the berries. Set aside and allow to sit for 1 week. After 1 week, strain out the cranberries and store cranberry vodka in a clean jar in the refrigerator.

Any favorite Christmas drinks you'd care to share?


Lee McKenzie said...

Mmmm. This will make great cosmopolitans!

Gillian Layne said...

Good morning, Lee! Yes, it certainly does. :) And it's just so pretty...and cranberries are actually good for you. How can you go wrong? ;)

Alice Audrey said...

I've always been more of an eggnog person, but it sure looks pretty.

Gillian Layne said...

Alice, I love eggnog too. I'm perfectly happy to buy a good quality at the store and add my own liquor, but my husband loves to make it from scratch. He's far more talented than I in the kitchen.

I'll post an eggnog recipe soon. :)