Cranberry Orange Cosmopolitan

I discovered this recipe two (or was it three??) years ago.  I have made it many times and I have even shared some of my homemade cranberry-orange infused vodka with friends.  It is one of my festive go-to cocktails.  I recently hosted a holiday cocktail party, for which I have spent most (all?!?!) of my spare time preparing.  I don’t normally host these types of events but I knew this would be fun…and a great opportunity to showcase my hobby.  The million dollar question, of course, is which cocktail to serve – the Cranberry Orange Cosmo was one that came to mind.  Imagine my surprise when I went looking for the recipe on my blog and it wasn’t there.  I must have omitted it because it is a re-make of a Martha Stewart recipe, without any modifications.  I’m not sure if, since it lacked my creative touch, it wasn’t worthy?  Well, for whatever the reason, I feel that it is time to share this recipe with you – and all credit certainly goes to Ms. Stewart and her creative team for this one.

The very first thing you will need to do is create your vodka.  Infusing vodka is really quite magical, and once you try this, you might be inspired to try other infusions.  I have used a few different types of vodka and the results aren’t better with more expensive vodkas – so you are best to stick to something less expensive (my favorite is Tito’s, but I use Smirnoff as well).

Cranberry Orange Infused Vodka

  • Servings: 4 cups
  • Difficulty: easy-medium
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Credit: Martha Stewart

Ingredients

-1 cup fresh cranberries

-2 Tbsp water

-¼ c sugar

-3 cups vodka

-1 piece orange peel (approx. 1 inch by 2 inches)

Directions

1.Combine cranberries, water, and sugar in a saucepan and heat over medium heat.

2.Stir constantly until berries start to pop and sugar is dissolved.

3.Martha says it’s done when the liquid in the mixture starts to turn light pink.

4.Allow mixture to cool (warm to touch or room temperature).

5.Transfer liquid and berries to a glass jar (a good fitting lid is key – canning jars are PERFECT for this).

6.Add vodka and orange peel. Stir.

7.Cover and allow to sit at room temperature for at least 3 days (or up to one month – a week is good, 2-3 weeks is ideal).

8.After the vodka has infused, strain the liquid through a mesh strainer lined with cheese cloth – this helps to remove any sediment, maintaining a better flavor for longer shelf life.

 

Cranberry Orange Cosmopolitan

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Print

Credit: Martha Stewart

Ingredients

-1 ½ oz cranberry-orange infused vodka

-1 ½ oz cranberry juice (I like Ocean Spray 100% Juice)

-½ oz Cointreau

-½ oz fresh lime juice

-fresh cranberries or orange twist for garnish

Directions

1.Put ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.

2.Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.

3.Garnish with a few cranberries or a orange twist, if desired.

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I have had the opportunity to make this for large and small groups.  This drink never fails me – and almost everyone asks for a refill (or two).  The sweet tartness of the cranberries makes this drink extremely easy to drink, but it isn’t too sweet and pleases most palates.

I have made it as a pitcher cocktail – I recommend adding a cube of ice per serving to account for the normal dilution that occurs when you shake the cocktail.  The small investment of time required to make the vodka is very well worth it.  That vodka, when placed in a nice bottle, makes a lovely gift…just add a small recipe tag or card and, if you want to be extra generous, the other ingredients.  It’s a nice alternative to a gift of homemade cookies!, just sayin’!

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