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Making Liqueurs: {Cranberry, Lavender & More}

You can make your own flavored liqueurs using assorted fruits, herbs, citrus peels and flowers (as long as they are edible) and it’s so easy to do too!

BottledIf you want to prepare them for gift-giving, keep in mind they’ll need to steep for at least a few weeks (with some recipes requiring up to 3 months). Top your chosen ingredients with vodka or brandy and let the flavors infuse the alcohol.

Here are a few recipes to get you started, have fun!


*First published December 28, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization

If you have about a pound of cranberries left over from this year’s festivities, here’s an easy way to use them up. Try out the recipe and if you like it, keep this in mind for gift-giving next season. Start them up anytime in the Fall, the batch should keep well for about a year (great way to beat the last-minute holiday scramble).

1 lb cranberries (fresh, washed, chopped)
1 1/2 cups vodka
1 1/2 cups simple syrup (see below)
1/2 orange peel (grated)
1/4 lemon peel (grated)


Simple Syrup:

1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cups water

*First published December 1, 2008 and moved to this page for better organization

Recipe #1

6 TBS Dried Lavender Petals
1 Fifth 80-Proof Vodka
1 Cup Sugar Syrup



1 part chamomile flowers
3 parts lemon grass
1 part rose hips
1 part sugar
3 parts lemon balm
1 part lavender flowers
1 part hop flowers (optional)


Source: The Madison Herb Society Cookbook


5 Ounces Lavender flowers
3 Teaspoons Aniseed
3 Teaspoons Peppercorns
32 Ounces Brandy
12 Ounces Sugar


Rose Petal, Lavender & Mint:
Makes 4 cups (1 L)

Rose petals and sprigs of fresh lavender combine to make a romantic concoction. This uses vodka as its base, but you may want to vary it with a dry white wine, such as a Sauvignon Blanc. Keep the empty vodka bottle to use when mixture is ready to be strained and stored.

1 1/2 cups (375 mL) unsprayed rose petals
1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh lavender sprigs
1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh mint leaves
4 cups (1 L) vodka
1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar
Sparkling water or club soda to serve
Fresh mint sprigs for garnish (optional)

Source: Canadian Gardening [1]

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