Cranberry Spiced Vodka

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People of the world, spice up your life! Sorry, had to happen. This “Cranberry Spice” infused vodka is honestly just as wonderful as the Spice Girls in my book—and this comes from someone who can quote nearly all of SpiceWorld from start to finish.   This is a crazy easy DIY, but mind you, it will take a few days for the flavors to fully infuse! Once you’ve got your wonderfully boozy and delicious creation completed, it can make a really nice (and inexpensive) gift around the holidays.

For this DIY, you’ll need the following:

  • 2 mason jars (with lids)
  • A fine strainer
  • Vodka
  • ¼ cup cranberries (fresh are preferable, but frozen will work)
  • 3-4 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ tablespoon whole allspice, cracked
  • ½ tablespoon whole cloves, cracked
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Step 1: Put the cranberries and spices in the mason jar. Try crushing the cranberries a little bit in order to release the flavor more quickly. They’ve got a thick skin that will take forever and a half to penetrate—unlike your insult-throwing uncle who has paper for skin.

Step 2: Fill the jar up with vodka, leaving just a little bit of room at the top. Any left overs in that bottle are for you to party with, my friend!

Step 3: Add the honey to the mixture. If you want something a little sweeter, add in a little extra honey. Just eyeball it—this recipe is tough to ruin.

Step 4: Pop the jar into the fridge for about three days and wait patiently. At least once every day you’ll want to shake up the mixture (and maybe do a little taste test). If you aren’t feeling patient, you might recall that you have some left over vodka from Step 2…

Step 5: After three days, grab the vodka, a strainer, and a clean jar. Strain the now infused vodka into the new jar and presto—you’ve got a deliciously spice cranberry vodka ready for the drinkin’ or the giftin’.

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