Tuesday, December 8, 2015

5 Minute DIY Gift: Cranberry Infused Vodka

I've been known to do DIY Christmas gifts. By "do"---I really mean having big plans and ideas for crafty projects, getting in over my head, waiting until the last minute, and ending up with something that warrants being coined a Pinterest fail. One year during college I took up knitting the beginning of December and all my family members opened up 3/4 length scarfs with unfinished ends. However, it was a wonderful distraction from studying for finals. I have attempted DIY sugar scrubs, stayed up all night baking cookies the night before for coworkers, and I can't even imagine some of the other disasters I cooked up as a child.

This year will be different. There is one DIY gift that is fail proof and that everyone on my list will love. Alcohol, folks. Delicious cranberry infused alcohol perfect for festive cocktails. I have experimented before with summer fruits but this cranberry flavor is even better and couldn't be easier.


Cranberry Infused Vodka
Mason jar (or other container that is air tight)
1 cup of fresh cranberries
1/4 cup of sugar
Vodka of your choice (filled to top of jar)

It's a simple as filling a mason jar or other air right container with a cup of fresh cranberries. Sprinkle on 1/4 cup of sugar and fill the jar to the top with the vodka of your choice. I will make a slight disclaimer here. Normally, I am a huge advocate of drinking the highest quality alcohol as you can afford. You get to a certain age where the quality truly matters and nobody wants a morning after Everclear hangover. But with this recipe I don't recommend springing for the fancy stuff.  A moderate level vodka will do just fine and the cranberry flavor is so yummy your friends/family will never know you cheaped out. 

Store the jar in a dark place (such as a cabinet or cupboard) and shake every few days. Depending upon your amount of time and desired level of strength the vodka can infuse for 1 week to 3 weeks. Once infused you must pour the contents through a strainer and separate from the cranberries. Drink up and create any cocktail your heart desires! 



Have you had a DIY gift fail?

11 comments:

  1. Oh WOW this sounds so good. I love cranberry and can always use more gift ideas. Pinning this! THanks girl!

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  2. This is SO cute!!! What a great idea.

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  3. Can't beat the time it takes to make this! xo, Biana

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  4. Brilliant idea!! Can I ask what vodka you used? I mean there are a lot of options... I think this is a perfect gift for a lot of girlfriends!

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  5. This is such a great DIY - I mean, who wouldn't want to receive this?!

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  6. I am definitely going to try this!! I love cosmos and this sounds so delicious and festive! Thanks for sharing!!

    Brittany,
    www.lawyerlookbook.com

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  7. This sounds like a pretty genius idea, and only 5 mintues makes it totally doable. And DIY fails, yes yes yes.

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  8. This sounds like a pretty genius idea, and only 5 mintues makes it totally doable. And DIY fails, yes yes yes.

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