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Cranberry-Infused Vodka

Some of the best recipes of the Christmas season are those that double as gifts, like this homemade cranberry-infused vodka!

Cranberry Vodka #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

Thanksgiving has passed, now it's time for the hustle and bustle of the holidays! Cookie swaps, Christmas parties, brunches with Santa, tree trimming, caroling (does anybody do that anymore?), and on and on! It might sound like I'm complaining, but I'm not. Christmas is my favorite time of the year!

This can also turn into the most expensive time of the year, with gifts for family, friends, and hostess gifts for all those Christmas parties. One way to trim those expenses is to make homemade gifts. Today's #SundaySupper is dedicated to gifts from the kitchen.

Cranberry-Infused Vodka #SundaySupper @TheRedheadBaker

This gift is cranberry-infused vodka, a simple, seasonal and flavorful spirit. A mixture of cranberries, sugar, and orange peel are simmered until the cranberries burst, then combined with vodka until the flavors infuse. This takes a bit of advance planning, because you want to allow at least a week for infusing. The longer you leave the vodka to infuse, the stronger the flavor. Then strain into decorative bottles and add a festive ribbon and tag!

What can you do with cranberry-flavored vodka? Try these recipes:

Cranberry-Infused Vodka #SundaySupper @TheRedheadBaker

Cranberry Vodka #SundaySupper by @TheRedheadBaker

Cranberry-Infused Vodka

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Infusing Time: 3 days
Total Time: 3 days 10 minutes

Some of the best recipes of the Christmas season are those that double as gifts, like this homemade cranberry-infused vodka!


  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 1 (8-inch) strip of orange peel
  • 2 cups good-quality vodka


  1. Place the cranberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves and the cranberries begin to pop.  Remove from the heat and allow to cool. 
  2. Transfer the mixture into a large mason jar. Place the orange peel in the mason jar, and pour the vodka over top. Screw the lid on tightly and set the jar on a counter at room temperature for at least 3 days, and up to a month. Shake once a day.
  3. Strain into a decorative storage jar, tie with festive ribbon and gift with a cocktail recipe in which to use it.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1 (½-cup) serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 0g

I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.

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Friday 15th of December 2023

Loved this recipe and was easy to make. I used it for an easy Christmas drink. Mixed 2 ounces of the infused rum with 6 ounces of ginger beer. I called it a Cranberry Mule. Thank you for the recipe.

Kristy Alexander

Monday 3rd of October 2022

how much does this recipe make? I m looking to make 6 17oz jars of cranberry vodka- thank you :)


Tuesday 1st of November 2022

This recipe makes 16 fluid ounces of cranberry vodka.

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Wednesday 6th of March 2019

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Sunday 19th of November 2017

Do you need to cool thto cranberry mixture before you pour it into jars?


Sunday 19th of November 2017

Yes, thank you for pointing out that I neglected to include that!

Jenny Stephens

Wednesday 25th of January 2017

When cranberries went on sale after the holidays, I got inspired to test this out in advance for Christmas 2017 . It's super easy, very tasty and visually appealing. Sam's Club has a solid Members Mark vodka at a great price, and Michael's craft stores have lovely 2-cup tight-sealing containers. I'll use their coupons all year to stock up on those. They also sell large mason jars so you can double the recipe. I'm looking forward to Christmas already. Thanks, Red!

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