This recipe involves three steps - the first being a cranberry infused vodka. You’ll need to start making this in advance to really let the flavours meld. Then you whip up a citrus infused simple syrup to bring some wonderful lemon and orange goodness to the drink. Once these are ready you can pull everything together.
I should caution you - these are really very good. We had mom over for dinner and she knocked her martini back in record speed and promptly wondered where her second one was. Be careful though because the simple syrup and juice masks the alcohol - someone needed to lay down before we could eat dinner . . .
3 cups vodka
3 cups cranberries
Mix together and let stand at room temperature for at least 6 hours. Strain. You could reserve the cranberries for adding to some baking . . . they'd give it a wonderful 'flavour'.
Citrus Simple Syrup
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 T lemon zest
1 T orange zest
Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small pot. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. When cool add the lemon and orange zest. Allow to sit for at least six hours to allow flavour to develop. Strain.
1 1/2 oz infused vodka
1/2 oa Grand Marnier
1/2 oz Pama (a pomegranate liqueur - adds a wonderful red colour to the drink)
2 oz cranberry juice
1 oz citrus simple syrup
Add the martini ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with some of the reserved cranberries and small pieces of lemon, orange, and lime.