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cranberry-infused vodka recipe

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Over Halloween this year, I figured the candy that was least missed in my children’s Trick or Treat bags was the candy in the brown wrapper. Not to say that I don’t love Tootsie Rolls but there are many other types of candy that I probably would’ve chosen over it. Those wrappers, brown and barely noticeable like a flick of foil in the trash, blended nicely into the rest of the garbage.* I am a hypocrite.

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The kids still recall that last year I FORCED them to eat candy all day. Which I did. Or rather, we had a good breakfast and dinner but I refused to prepare lunch or snacks for the day. There is a certain breaking point that many parents hit when whining is the usual melody of the day. That pre-Halloween WEEK was one of them. While we do some sugar restriction on the kids (i.e., no candy for dinner, no candy as a major snack), we aren’t absolutists about it. There was so much sugar consumed that day, Peach said she felt sick. And she didn’t need to say she was grumpy.

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My hope that it would teach Peach and Grub the empty satisfaction of sugar backfired. While my little experiment reined them in for a day or two, their glazed-eye sugar addiction was back soon after. The whining revamped. Surreptitious candy eating by Grub started again, sticky wrappers found in odd corners of the house.

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This year, I gave free reign with a pile of nourishing food at arms’ length for everyone. And I drank some tangy cranberry-infused vodka cocktails. Mixed with enough sugar, it’s not so bad. Hypocrite.

 

* I’m terrible. Aren’t I terrible? I deny my children candy, I deny them that sugar high that they so often crave. And those rotting teeth. I remember my naively misspent youth in candy stores spending all my allowance on Laffy Taffies and Jolly Ranchers. *sigh*

 

One year ago: lemongrass-basil sherbet

Two years ago: creamy lime oatmeal bars

Three years ago: baked polenta

Four years ago: sparkling cranberries with cardamom and lemon pudding (Ha ha! Look at that! Cranberries just before Thanksgiving four years ago, too. I’m so predictable.)

 

cranberry-infused vodka recipe
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Ingredients
  • 2½ cups (225g or 8 ounces) fresh organic cranberries (If using frozen, thaw them first)
  • 2½ cups (590 ml) vodka (I like Skyy -- very smooth)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Cut each cranberry in half or poke a hole in each. Put the cut/poked berries into a jar, add vanilla, and add vodka. Put on screw lid and shake gently.
  2. Infuse the mixture for 5 to 7 days, shaking the bottle 1 to 2 times a day.
  3. Strain the infused vodka into a new pretty bottle to gift or use.
  4. This recipe makes enough to fill a 600ml bottle.

 

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