Cranberry, Orange, Vanilla Bean Infused Vodka
- 1 pound fresh cranberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 vanilla bean, split
- 2 oranges, peels cut into 2-inch strips
- 1 (750-ml) bottle good-quality vodka
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. Place orange peels in a large glass container with an airtight lid, or large mason jars with lids. Pour vodka over the orange peels.
Allow the cranberry mixture to cool. Pour the cooled mixture into the glass container. Cover tightly and set aside for 3 days to one week. Strain out the cranberries and orange peels and pour mixture into a clean bottle, using a funnel. Store vodka in the refrigerator. And, make sure you put a small label on the back indicating this delicious treat is from you!
Here's a great Cranberry Cosmopolitan recipe to pair with your infused vodka... Courtesy of Martha Stewart.
1 1/2 ounces Cranberry, Orange, Vanilla Bean Vodka
1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau
Orange peel, for garnish
Cranberries, for garnish