Meet the Sullivans: Cranberry-and-Lime Vodka

December 13, 2012

Cranberry-and-Lime Vodka

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This little concoction is inspired by a Martha Stewart handmade holiday gift recipe (Cranberry Orange Vodka) and a recipe I've seen all over Pinterest lately (Cranberry Lime Vodka). I used a mix of the directions and ingredients for both to make my own version. Although I won't be taste testing it for myself, I know the lucky ladies who will be gifted these gorgeously infused treats will let me know how they've turned out!

Inspiration from Fancy Napkin on the left & Martha Stewart on the right. 

I loved the look of the bottles on the left, but I wanted to follow a specific recipe and when I read Martha's it sounded so easy and good that I went with her recipe---I just subbed the orange peel for lime. Martha's recipe also comes with a free printable (see below to get the link) recipe you can attach to the bottles so your friend can mix their mixer to make a martini.

I thought the bottles would be hard to find, but luckily I found some at a great price at Sur La Table earlier last week. They are about 33 oz and were only $5 each! I rinsed them with hot water and let them air dry before filling them. The recipe makes enough to mostly fill one bottle, but I doubled it to make two bottles. 

Cranberry-and-Lime Vodka
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1 cup fresh cranberries (plus some extra to fill the bottle)
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 lime, for the peel
3 cups vodka

In a small sauce pan combine the cranberries, sugar and water until the sugar dissolves, the liquid begins to turn light pink and the berries begin to burst open.

Don't they look beautiful and festive? They smell lovely too.

Pour the cranberries and liquid into your large glass jar; stir in lime peel and 3 cups vodka. I used a home fashioned funnel (a to go coffee cup cut up and formed into a cone shape and then taped back together) to get the cranberries and liquid into the bottles.

The 3 cups vodka and 1 cup of cranberry mixture for each bottle didn't fill my containers all the way, so I used Fancy Napkin's technique of puncturing the cranberries I hand to help fill up the bottle. I think this added to the prettiness of the final look.

Let the bottles stand at room temperature for 3 days or up to one month. Strain before serving.

Martha Stewart's recipe included a printable tag template for gifting purposes. I printed mine out on white card stock, cut them out carefully. I used double stick tape to secure them to cherry red glittered heavy card stock that I bought at Michael's. I tied the tags on with iridescent ribbon.

The tag gives the your lucky friend directions for how to use the infused vodka to make a Cranberry Cosmopolitan. I just the two lovely ladies that will be receiving this delicious treats with definitely enjoy them!


Anonymous said...

That is an awesome idea!!!!!

Kendall Jones said...

Those turned out great! Fantastic gift idea.

Michelle {Jarrah Jungle} said...

You had me at vodka! The fruits look stunning through the glass bottles what a great gift idea. Although Id most likely want to keep them for myself!

natasha {schue love} said...

This look SO good! Bet it makes a killer martini! I just love Cosmos!! Thanks so much for linking up today!! :)

April Hoff said...

Great idea and super-cute blog! Found you on Schue Love's link up party. I'm your newest follower! :)

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