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Fresh Cranberry Vodka Cocktail

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  • Prep 5 min
  • Total 15 min
  • Servings 1
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When you're through making cranberry sauce for the holidays, don't throw out the leftover ingredients - use them to make a vodka cranberry.
by: NY Barfly
Updated Mar 8, 2017
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  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 4 oz seltzer water
  • 1 lime


  • 1
    Gather your ingredients.
  • 2
    Cranberries are too tart to just muddle into your drink - you'll need to cook them down with some sugar to make sure they are properly sweetened for your drink. Add enough cranberries to a saucepan to cover the bottom, then add half a cup of water and a quarter cup of sugar (if you like sweet drinks, feel free to add more). Cook and stir the mixture over moderate heat for 5 minute or until all the cranberries have burst. This cranberry mixture will be enough for 5-6 drinks.
  • 3
    Once mixture has cooled, add 2-3 spoonfuls of cranberries to your glass.
  • 4
    Using a muddler or wooden spoon, press down on the cranberries to release leftover juice and break down any large bits of fruit.
  • 5
    Add two ounces of vodka to your cranberry mixture.
  • 6
    Fill glass three quarters of the way with seltzer and add a few ice cubes.
  • 7
    Stir. Garnish with a fresh lime wedge and two fresh cranberries on a toothpick.
  • 8

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More About This Recipe

  • Fresh cranberries and vodka are the perfect winter drink! When you’re through making fresh cranberry sauce for the fall and winter holidays, don’t throw out the leftover ingredients – use them to make a bog-to-table vodka cranberry. Once you have the cranberries prepared, mixing this seasonal before-dinner drink is as easy as, well, adding vodka!
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