[expand title=’Ingredients’]4 med. Granny Smith apples (1 1/2 lbs.)
2 c. white wine
2 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp. whole cloves
2 c. sugar
1 pkg. (12 oz.) cranberries, coarsely chopped
2 c. brandy
1 tsp. grated orange peel[/expand]
1. Pare and core apples; cut in eighths. In large glass bowl, combine apples, 1/2 cup wine, the cinnamon and cloves. Cook on HIGH 8 minutes or until boiling, stirring occasionally. Add sugar; cook on HIGH 4 minutes or until sugar dissolves, stirring once.
2. Add cranberries, brandy, remaining wine and the orange peel; mix well. Pour into 2 quart glass container; cover tightly. Store in cool, dark place 3 weeks, shaking occasionally.
3. Strain through double thickness of cheesecloth; repeat until liquid is clear. Pour liqueur into 1 quart bottle or decanter; cover tightly. Store in cool, dark place for 2 weeks before serving or gift-giving. Save soaked apples an cranberries to serve over ice cream or pound cake. Make 1 quart liqueur.
[expand title=’Ingredients’]6-8 washed orange
Wide mouth gallon jar
2 sticks whole cinnamon
1 tsp. coriander seed
1 qt. 100 proof vodka[/expand]
Put rind and juice of 6-8 oranges, washed, in gallon jar. Add thin sliced peel of 1 lemon and add extra orange or tangerine peel for flavor if desired. Add 2 sticks of cinnamon, coriander seed and vodka. In a saucepan boil together 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water until syrupy and reduced in half, about 45 minutes. Cool and add to the jar. Screw lid down and put it in a large paper bag to keep out the light. Store in warm place for 5-6 weeks, shaking daily. Sieve through cheese cloth and bottle in jars and let stand for 6 months. Makes 3 pints.