Cranberry Cordial

Cranberry Cordial

Updated Post-Cranberry Cordial finished processing!  (This post is from last year but thought I would repost because it is so Christmassy and good.) 

It’s been about one month and the cranberry cordial is finished!  I promised to post a picture of the finished product and here it is!  After straining off the chopped cranberries I was left with a lovely crystal clear ruby red, cranberry infused vodka, it is so delicious. I like it all on it’s own poured over ice, it’s great for sipping.  The cranberry flavor has really come through and it has the perfect sweetness. I only wish I had made more, now it’s a whole month before a new batch will be ready!  Use empty liquor bottles to store your cordial, I used an old cognac bottle.  Clean the bottles very well, I pour boiling water into it and over it until clean with no trace of the liquor that was in it.  You can also buy pretty bottles or use canning jars.

Old post before cordial was ready.

I thought this would be a fun drink for Christmas.  Great for sipping on straight up over ice or with some soda water and a sprig of mint.  Add flavor to a martini or maybe to pink lemonade in the summertime or anytime would also be delicious.  It takes about a month to finish processing so I don’t have a finished product to show you yet.  I will post a picture when it’s ready mid December.  You need to make it now, if you want it to be ready for Christmas. What I have found is that you can substitute blueberries(needs to marinate for 2 months), raspberries, blackberries or even pomegranate seeds for the cranberries, although you need to adjust sugar levels; like for instance the blueberries, blackberries, pomegranate seeds and raspberries are sweeter, so you need only 1 1/2 cups of sugar added, instead of 2 1/2 cups of sugar.  I would like to try lemon, orange, lime and grapefruit in the future.  I think you would need to remove the peels first or the cordial might be to bitter.  


  • 4 cups ( 12 oz. pkg) fresh cranberries
  • 2  1/2  cups of sugar (1 1/2 cups of sugar for all other berries and pomegranate)
  • 4 cups good vodka


  • Divide cranberries and the sugar into 2 batches.
  • Put first batch of cranberries and sugar into a food processor and coarsely chop.
    Processed Cranberries and Sugar

    Processed Cranberries and Sugar

  • Now add second batch to the processor and coarsely chop. Now put mixture into a large jar that has a tight lid, approximately 2 quart size or divide into 2 one quart jars.
  • Stir in vodka and cap tightly. Set aside at room temperature.
    Chopped Cranberries and Sugar

    Chopped Cranberries and Sugar

    Vodka Added to the Chopped Cranberry Sugar Mixture

    Vodka Added to the Chopped Cranberry Sugar Mixture


  • Shake or stir at least once a week for 1 month.
  • Strain thru a fine mesh sieve lined with 2 layers of dampened cheese cloth.
  • Squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Discard pulp.
  • If you want more sweetness and body, boil together 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water for 2 mins.  Cool and add to cordial.
  • Pour into clean bottles. leave behind any sediment . Cap or cork, store at room temperature.
  • Any cloudiness that may form at the bottom of the bottle is harmless.


You may want to consider doubling this recipe as it is surprising how quickly you go through the cordial, because it it so good and it does take some time to make.

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