Cranberries are a seasonal tradition - a standard around the table during the American holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas. They are harvested in the Autumn, between September and December. When they are ripe, they have a bright red color, like the color associated with the holiday season.
One way to check the quality of your cranberry is to bounce it on the kitchen cabinet. If the fruit bounces well, it is a good berry. If it falls flat, it is not.
Adding cranberries to your Moonshine is a great way to bring the holiday "spirit" to your home crafted spirits.
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
2 TBSP sugar
1 TBSP water
1 pint Moonshine
1 orange rind strip (2x1-in)
In a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, orange rind, water and sugar. Cook the mixture over medium low heat, stirring frequently until the liquid is a light pink and the cranberries have begun to "pop".
Pour the mixture into a quart size jar and cool completely.
Add your moonshine, cover with a lid and allow to sit at room temperature for several days / weeks until it reaches the desired flavor. Check the flavor frequently.
When you have reached the desired strength, strain the concoction and discard the solids.
Store the flavored moonshine in a glass jar and refrigerate.
Cranberry-Infused Moonshine is great mixed with lemon lime soda, ginger ale, or tonic water with a fresh twist of orange rind.
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