Cranberry, Orange and Cinnamon Infused Vodka

I’m delighted with that beautiful blush!

My first drink was offered to me by my father soon after I turned 18. Much to Amma’s disapproval; but he said he’d rather initiate his daughter than wait for her to go drink on the sly. That drink was a gimlet. And since that first glass, I have always liked a bit of tang in my alcohol. I can’t down those syrupy cocktails and I don’t think I have the guts for whiskeys. What I do like, however, are fresh, simple drinks that can really pick up one’s mood. With those, I am always up for experimentation.

After tasting Nikhil’s licorice-scented spiced rum at a recent potluck and reading about Rushina’s adventures with alcohol, I was very tempted to do my own take. I had some vodka leftover from making my vanilla and spearmint extracts (coming soon) so I emptied it into a bottle and threw in whatever aromatics I thought would work together. The next opportunity I had to test it out was at a family get-together that primarily comprised a bunch of single malters.  I was very hesitant about taking my bottle of experimentation along, but with an encouraging push from MK, I decided, what the heck.

I am happy to report that no other bottles were opened that night and several questions about the recipe came up. You will have to take it from me when I say that this vodka is one of the best I have ever tasted. The tartness of the cranberries, the freshness of the orange rind, and the sweetness of the cinnamon, just accentuated by that additional bit of sugar made for a lovely mélange of flavors. The mint and lime only helped freshen and lighten the flavors even further. This is a perfect drink for a hot summer day (which is what we’re having here in Mumbai even as November comes to an end).

Look at that mad pink-red!

Cranberry, Orange and Cinnamon Infused Vodka


  • 750 ml. good quality, unflavored vodka
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • Peeled rind of 1 orange
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. caster sugar


  1. Bruise the orange peel, cinnamon, and cranberries using a rolling pin or mortar and pestle. Do not get overambitious and grind. All you want to do is release the aromas.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a wide-mouthed bottle or jar and cap shut.
  3. Leave in a cool and dark place for at least two weeks. The vodka turns a bright pink-red.
  4. Strain before use.
Makes for a perfect party drink!

To serve:

  1. In a whiskey glass, muddle a few sprigs of mint and a wedge of lime.
  2. Fill the glass halfway up with ice and pour one large peg of the prepared vodka.
  3. Stir lightly and serve immediately.

Comments (3)

  1. Paaka Shaale November 29, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    The drink looks very tempting and beautiful. You have captured it to perfection 🙂

  2. Anusia December 23, 2014 at 4:04 am

    I must say that you have a cool Dad. You are very lucky that your Dad had offered you for a drink. And of course the drink looks very elegant.

  3. Krish July 11, 2015 at 1:11 am

    good for Cranberry, Orange and Cinnamon Infused Vodka

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