Moving a little slow today…..after getting organized I decided to play “Chef Cummings” for a bit and made Mike and Sara some salmon and spinach omelettes. But I finally got 1 project done and am on to #2 🙂
This is an amazing idea I got from one of my new favorite blogs, Dazed and Infused. Took his recipe for Cranberry Vodka and tweaked it a bit by adding lemon zest. Should be delish…hope I don’t drink all my Christmas presents 🙂
Cranberry-Lemon Infused Vodka
500ml vodka (thats 2/3 of a “fifth”)
1/2 cup of cranberries
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1/8-1/4 cup of sugar
I bought these decorative bottle at Fred Meyer on sale for $2 each! They are 500ml but you could easily tweak the recipe and just give it away in the full bottle or any size that you find.
First step, sanitize the bottles. I read a couple different things about this and though it was a huge pain, better safe than sorry! My trusty craft-panion, Sara, dipped them in boiling water.
Next up, the zesting. I zested a dozen lemons to be sure to have enough zest. I tried to do long rings but the problem is when you go too deep into the lemon you get the “pith” which will result in a bitter lemon taste rather than a refreshing zing. This smaller zester did a nice job of just taking the surface off the lemon. I went through and picked out some pieces with pith.
Then go ahead and add the lemon zest. It will sit on the bottom. After the lemon zest has been shakin with the sugar-vodka mixture, add in the cranberries. The cranberries should have been frozen or microwaved to be sure that the juices can be released. I put these in the microwave for about 2 minutes to make sure they were “wrinkley”.
Top off with vodka leaving about an inch at the top. Then they are to sit in a dark place for 7 days. Try to shake them up every couple days. Then they can be stored in the fridge. I think they would be okay to stay in the cupboard also. You can either strain out the goods or give them away with the fruits inside. I think they add to the presentation!
I’ll update you on the taste and packaging in a few days. Onto the next project…..
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