It's not too late too start off a batch of Xmas Vodka. The longer you leave it the better, but 1 month should be enough.
I've made this a few times now and the process is very simple. Mix in an infusing jar:
- 1 litre vodka
- 4 cups cranberries, pricked
- 2 sticks of cracked cinamon bark
- 2 cracked nutmegs
- 20 cloves
- 2 tsp corander seeds
- 4 inches of split vanilla bean
- 220g castor sugar
The taste of the vodka you use will be present in the finished product, so use a medium quality vodka rather than cheap and nasty stuff. If the cranberries have been frozen they should be thawed first. The exact combination of spice you use is up to you.
Close and shake the jar for several minutes, then each day during the first 2 weeks violently for a few seconds.
The end result is sweet, dark red, alcoholic and like Christmas in both taste and smell. It can be drunk neat, but is better in cocktails; giving a Christmas taste in place of regular vodka. Mix it with red vermouth (such as Nolly Prat; Martini is not vegan), Cointreau and orange juice for a mulled wine cocktail.