I usually end up working on Thanksgiving, which means that my first alarm (I am a snoozer) goes off at 3:07 then I trudge off to work after my 40 minute commute into Chicago. Since I like to cook I am still making Dinner, obviously some of the traditional items are off the table... no turkey, which is fine we haven't had that in a couple of years. I have also been doing some little things throughout the week so I am not making everything at the last minute. One of the things that I have made already is my cranberries. They sit happily in the bottom of my fridge, untouched... well maybe a couple of bites smaller... waiting for the big meal.
I have seen a couple of recipes for Bourbon and Cranberries floating around this season (here is one) which is the way I usually make mine (this is last year's) but I ran into a problem this year. I didn't really notice it until I was getting my ingredients together, it seems that my bourbon met up with some sweet vermouth and ended up mixed with ice instead of cranberries. So with a quick change of ingredients I am making something completely new Cranberry Sauce with vodka. Maybe to be all fancy I should call them Cosmopolitan Cranberries... then again maybe not.
The process couldn't be easier...
12 oz package of fresh cranberries
Grated peel of one orange
Juice from the same orange
1 Cup sugar
3/4 Cup Vodka
Splash of Triple Sec
A sprinkle of ground cinnamon (I would guess about a 1/4 tsp)
Put all of the ingredients together in a 2 quart sauce pan and cook until the sugar is blended and the cranberries have popped. I had it on kind of low heat because I was doing other things around the kitchen and could watch my pan so this cooked for about 20-25 minutes. When it is all done pour it into your serving dish, cover and cool over night.
One additional note here, I have often heard people say that they have, "cooked all the alcohol out of a dish." Where I don't always believe that is 100% true a lot of food that is made with wine or booze is fine for the kiddos. This one is not! It isn't appropriate for your friend after his AA meeting or your kids. Depending on the rest of your family's kids you might want to slip one of them a shot bowl.