By Julia Pantoga, resident domestic goddess
I used to try to give this one away for gifts, but by the time I found bottles to use for giving it away, my friends and I had already made history of it. Basically, it’s vodka marinated for 10 days with orange peels and cranberries. The vanilla in the cranberry mixture makes it taste vaguely like cherries. I serve it “neat” (with no garnishment), but it can be served mixed with tonic water, ice and a lime garnish.
Here’s the step-by-step:
1. Combine 1 lb. cranberries, 1 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons vanilla in a medium saucepan over medium heat until the berries burst, about 5 minutes.
2. Wash and peel 2 oranges. Cut peels into strips.
3. Pour 1 bottle (750 ml) of vodka over orange peels and cooled cranberry mixture in airtight container. After 10 days, strain into a clean bottle. Store in refrigerator.
At left, marinating vodka-cranberry mix.