This year, why not trade the standard bottle of bubbly for a spirited gift you crafted yourself? Infused vodka is incredibly easy to make, plus it lasts for ages. Which means the party can live on long after the decorations come down.
Homemade Orange-Cranberry Vodka
Yield: 1 large bottle, 2 small bottles
1. In a small saucepan, cook cranberries, water and sugar over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves and the cranberries pop. Add your orange peels to the cranberry mixture. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2-3 minutes until mixture thickens slightly.
2. Transfer to a large bowl or jar and add in vodka. Stir well and allow to cool to room temperature. Cover and let stand for 1-3 days, shaking 1-2 times a day to mix the ingredients around.
3. Strain through a fine strainer to remove cranberry solids. Transfer orange peels to your new bottle or jar (dividing them between two smaller bottles, if you are bottling half-batches) and add in a handful of fresh, whole cranberries. Pour in the strained spirit, which should be clear.