Cranberry Cordial

Cranberry Cordial

Deceptively easy and stunning in the glass, this just-sweet-enough cranberry cordial is the ideal base for all sorts of festive cocktails.  It holds and travels well, making it well-suited for holiday gifts and (adult) stocking stuffers.  


  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 3 cups cranberries 
  • 1 750mL bottle of vodka
  • Zest of one orange, thinly sliced


    1. In a large saucepan, bring sugar and 1½ cups water to a simmer, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. 
    2. Place the cranberries and the orange zest in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.
    3. Add the cranberries, vodka, and orange zest to the warm sugar syrup. Stir well, then transfer to a large jar.  Cover and shake well. Shake the mixture every day for 2 weeks.
    4. Strain the spirits and transfer the liquid to a bottle.  Keeps at room temperature for about 2 months. 
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