For lovers of homemade alcoholic beverages cranberries are a valuable, yet easily accessible raw materials used to make liqueurs, liqueurs and cordials, dubbed “cranberry”. I suggest to get acquainted with the best recipes of tinctures of cranberry with vodka, alcohol and moonshine. When a sufficient amount of raw material preparation, even for novice cooks.
The cranberry can be made from any ripe berries collected during ripening after the first frost, or even hibernated. In principle it does not matter. The main thing that the fruit was good and juicy.
Home distillation cranberries valued the unique ability to remove the smell and soften the taste of alcohol. As the alcohol base will fit store-bought vodka, moonshine and cheap brandy (gives tannic notes). Properly cooked is the cranberry color reminiscent of raspberry liqueur and easy to drink. Although this drink is traditionally referred to as female, many men also have feelings for him.
A classic recipe for cranberry vodka
The traditional preparation.
- cranberries – 250 grams;
- vodka – 0.5 liters;
- sugar – 1 tablespoon (optional);
- water – 50 ml (optional).
1. Berries wash, sort and pour into a quart jar.
2. Pound cranberries with a wooden rolling pin until obtaining a homogeneous mass.
3. Add vodka, stir.
4. Cover the jar with a lid, put on 2 weeks in a dark, warm place. Every 2-3 days, shake well.
5. Filter the liqueur through 4 layers of gauze and cotton filter. Well squeeze the cake.
Will cranberry liqueur, without sugar, with sour taste. That’s cooking you can finish, but if the sour taste is not satisfied, help for the following stages.
6. Of water and sugar to weld a syrup (mix in a saucepan, bring to boil, boil 5 minutes on low heat, removing the foam), cool to room temperature, add the liqueur, mix well. Instead of sugar syrup you can make liquid honey (do not boil, to keep the nutrients).
7. Close the jar, leave at least a day in the fridge or basement. 30-45 days aging the taste will improve, I advise you to wait.
The cranberry vodka
Keep a tincture of cranberries away from direct sunlight. Shelf life – 3 years. Fortress – 32-36%.
Recipe cranberry alcohol
The insistence on pure alcohol and add galangal enriches the flavor.
- cranberries – 400 grams;
- powdered root of galangal – half tsp (optional);
- alcohol (96%) – 110 ml;
- water – 100 ml;
- sugar 100-120 grams.
Galangal is a plant of the ginger family, the dried root is used in cooking as an aromatic additive, substitute ginger. In this recipe, homemade cranberry you can do without the galangal, but then the drink will lose the unique flavor. The root of galangal sold in the drugstore.
Due to the ability of cranberry to kill almost any smell, the infusion can be done even on well cleaned moonshine fortress 65-70 degrees. But still I recommend to take pure alcohol.
1. To fill the berries in a quart jar, peremat until a homogeneous slurry.
Lack of crushing berries that are ready, the tincture obtained is very muddy and requires multiple stages of filtration. This can be avoided by puncture with a needle every berry. The process is labor intensive, but then it will take less time to filter.
2. Add galangal root (optional).
3. Pour the alcohol, stir and close the lid.
4. A jar of cranberry vodka to migrate in a dark, warm place and leave for 14-16 days. Every 5 days to shake.
5. Dissolve sugar in water, boil on a slow fire, stirring constantly and removing the foam.
6. Cool syrup to room temperature, pour in cranberry infusion and close the lid.
The syrup can be done on the basis of honey instead of sugar, but to preserve the useful substances heated not above 40 °C.
7. To put the Bank on 7-9 days in a warm place.
8. To filter (clear) cranberry. If the berries were hot needle to filter enough to strain the drink through cheesecloth. Tincture of the chopped fruits to clear through four layers of cheesecloth, then again through a cotton filter with two layers of cheesecloth.
The cranberry ready to drink, with the addition of the root galangal felt a light woody flavor, perfectly combined with the smell of berries. Shelf life in a dark place for up to 5 years. Fortress 31-34%.
Quick tincture recipe vodka cranberry
The difference between this version from the rest – quick preparation. The recipe allows you to make the cranberry at home in about 3 hours. The drink is immediately ready for use. The only drawback in the thermal processing of cranberry loses part of the substances, and the tincture is slightly less useful of the two previous.
- cranberries – 300 g;
- sugar – 150 grams;
- boiled water – 150 ml;
- vodka 0.7 liters.
1. Scald the berries with boiling water, cover in a jar with sugar.
2. Mash the cranberries with a wooden rolling pin.
3. Pour in vodka, close the jar, leave for 2 hours.
4. Dry squeeze the pulp through cheesecloth.
5. In the resulting liquid, add warm boiled water (40-45°C), mix well.
6. Klyukovka to cool to room temperature and pour into bottles. Subject tightly closed tube the beverage may be stored in the refrigerator for up to a year. The fortress is 30-33%.
The fastest option
Sweet cranberry liqueur is good to eat fruits, sweet dishes and honey. To drinks without sugar is served grilled meat, chicken and salads.