‘Tis the season! Me and my seasonal self think it’s time for a homemade cranberry martini, shaken, not stirred. This homemade cranberry liqueur makes one extra special. You need to plan ahead if you want these for a specific occasion since it takes three weeks to ferment. Start a batch on Halloween weekend and it will be ready for Thanksgiving. You can buy flavored vodka but it’s just not the same. Process 1 bag (12ounces) of fresh cranberries in a food processor until finely chopped and place in a large bowl. In a saucepan, combine 2 cups of sugar with 1 cup of water and heat on medium until sugar is dissolved, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let cool. Add sugar mixture and 3 cups of vodka to the cranberries and stir well to combine. Ladle mixture into clean mason jars and secure with lids. Let stand 3 weeks in a cool, dark place, shaking every other day. Strain the cranberry mixture through a cheesecloth-lined strainer into a bowl and discard the solids. For a perfect martini, use a drink shaker of crushed ice and shake vigorously for several minutes before pouring into your martini glass. Add a toothpick of three whole cranberries for decoration.
Liqueur can be stored in clean jars either at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to a year. (If it lasts that long)