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5 drinks to keep winter at bay

By: Enrique Gili on Jan. 17, 2013, 4:03 p.m.
Cranberry cocktails in tall glasses

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Cranberry-Infused Vodka

You can use any surplus cranberries to make this boozy concoction.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Yield: About 20 shots

Cranberry-Infused Vodka


  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups cranberries
  • 1 orange rind
  • 2 cloves
  • 3 cups mid- to low-priced vodka

Cooking directions

  1. Combine sugar, water and extract in a saucepan. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a low boil, about 6 minutes. Add cranberries and cook until berries begin to split and liquid turns a light pink, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat and cover. Allow to cool.
  2. While liquid is cooling, remove orange rind using a potato peeler. Gently pull skin away from the pith in wide strips. Place rind into a 2-quart wide-mouthed jar with a tight fitting lid. Add cloves. Gently pour cranberry mixture into jar. Add vodka. Seal and store in a cool, dark place for up to two weeks, shaking the bottle gently periodically.
  3. Strain contents through metal sieve into a clean bottle for storage. Store in a cool dark place to mellow. Serve in shot glasses or cocktails.