I love picking berries. Especially on a perfect fall day.
Our blueberry crop was almost nonexistent this fall, so I've been getting my fix with high bush cranberries. It must go back to my hunter-gatherer biology, but darn, it's so satisfying!
One of my favorite things to make with cranberries is liqueur; it's a fabulous Christmas gift. The best part is that my recipe utilizes all Alaskan ingredients. The vodka is is made from Alaskan grown potatoes (not grains!) and is distilled about two hours from my home. I love this tasty vodka. It's also a great option if you are supporting the LGBT cause by boycotting Russian vodka.
The honey is courtesy of one of my students who owns bee hives. It is so delicious- I try not to eat it by the spoon.
Alaskan High Bush Cranberry Liqueur
1 cup honey
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup cranberries
1 1/2 cup vodka
Blend the water and cranberries in a high speed blender. Pour into a quart sized mason jar and then stir in honey and vodka. Hide the mason jar in a dark place for three weeks, pulling it out for a gentle shake every day. After three weeks, strain the mixture into gifting containers. (I will post again in three weeks with cute container ideas.)
The liqueur is lovely with tonic, but I really like to pour it into champagne as a float (also grain free!). You might want to freeze a handful of cranberries, and then plop them into the flutes as ice cubes. Yum.