I actually started this recipe three weeks ago! It felt more like a science experiment than a culinary one, but is quite fun.
Combine 2 cups raw sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves (about 5 minutes) - the original recipe said to stir constantly, though I confess to stirring "frequently."
Meanwhile, place a 12-ounce package of fresh cranberries in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Work in batches if your food processor is small like mine.
Combine the sugar mixture and the cranberries in a large bowl and stir in 3 cups of vodka (I used Absolut). Pour the mixture into jars with tightly secured lids (look for these in kitchen stores or hardware stores). Place in a cool dark place (like a cupboard) and let stand for 3 weeks, shaking every other day - I found it useful to leave myself a note when it was a day to shake, lest I forget!
3 weeks later, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a bowl; discard the solids. I actually did away with the cheesecloth, since I have a very-fine mesh sieve. Pour the liqueur into bottles or jars. It will keep refrigerated or at room temperature for up to a year, and can become your new house drink to offer guests!
1/4 cup of liqueur is 200 calories.
vegan sugar $3.99
fresh cranberries $2.50
The Vegan Pantry
- Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy http://www.wholesoyco.com/
- Vegan milk - Silk http://www.silksoymilk.com/
- Vegan Feta - Sunergia http://www.sunergiasoyfoods.com/
- Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods http://www.galaxyfoods.com/
- Vegan Eggs - Ener-G http://www.ener-g.com/
- Vegan Butter - Earth Balance http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html