Cranberry vodka

Cranberry vodka

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Prep: 10 mins Ready to drink in 2 weeks


Makes about 1 litre

This bittersweet fruity vodka is best served well chilled in shot glasses. It can also be made with other berries like blackcurrants or strawberries.

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  • 250g fresh or frozen cranberries or other berries (see tip, below)


    A tart, ruby-red coloured berry which grows wild on shrubs throughout northern Europe and North…

  • 1l bottle vodka



    Originally associated with Russia, Slavonic, Baltic and Scandinavian countries, vodka has become…

  • 175g caster sugar


  1. Prick each cranberry a couple of times with a fork and layer up in a large sterilised Kilner jar with the sugar. Pour over the vodka and leave for 2 weeks, shaking the jar each day.

  2. Strain and decant into decorative bottles. Seal and label.

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Comments (31)

emsmith's picture

Have just decanted mine into some pretty bottles. I was worried at first that the cranberries I'd bought weren't up to the task because they didn't seem to be colouring the vodka in the slightest....but after a few days the vodka was a deep dusky pink and now, after a couple of weeks, the colour is just phenomenal. I've only had the smallest snifter so far but it has a superb fruity twang without being overpowering. Most impressed!

soosy10's picture

hi there , i do not believe that it is necessary to sterelise the jar , a good wash and dry will be perfectly ok as you are then adding alcohol...i too will make this tomorrow ..seems really drinkable , can't wait to try

spottycups's picture

So.... what's the best way to sterilise the kilner jar?? Normally I just wash in warm soapy water then dry off in the oven. But I suspect that if I did this then poured room temp vodka in to the jar it may crack?? Can I allow the jar to cool down and it would still be sterile?? Or could I warm the vodka up slightly? Or is it better to use a sterilising fluid or something??

Sorry if this is a daft question but any help would be good - desperate to make this! :)

filomena_bianco's picture

I have some dried cranberries. Can they be used instead or does the fruit have to be fresh/frozen?

greypartridge's picture

We made it to give as presents, but at the rate we've been drinking it I've had to go out and buy more cranberries and vodka.

greypartridge's picture

Excellent, though I used 150g caster sugar. BTW As with sloes, if you freeze the cranberries first you don't need to prick them. The vodka hitting the cold fruit induces "temperature shock".

lurvlyloz's picture

made this 7 will be sending it as christmas gifts. looks very nice & smells great. so very quick & easy to make!

alexmunro's picture

Tried as recommended with excellent results. Really easy to make and is a great gift as most people have no idea how to make it... Also tried with different fruits / booze which also seems to work although I would not recommend mixing more than one fruit. My personal recommendation is to use less sugar (100 to 120g depending on the sweetness of fruit) and to cut up the fruit into little pieces to get the most of it. My favourate recipe is raspberry gin... great but very addictive...

ziggles50's picture

i did this one with icing sugar and put in blackberries, raspberries and cherries (pricked). it is bit sweet so i've added an extra 150mls vodka. Not sure if it'll last long enough to be given away

sharonmarfell's picture

Made exactly as per the recipe and it's now ready for drinking! Absolutely delicious. I'm also going to give some as Christmas presents, and will definitely be making it again!

elainel4533's picture

I have made this the last 2 years and given to friends as Christmas presents. They all return the bottles and ask for refills next year! Just bought the cranberries for this years batch! Makes thinking what to get people really easy when they tell you what they want. I just use the cheapest unbranded vodka I can find and it's delicious.


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