AuthorJenny Burnsworth, Arnold, California,

Notes: Make at least 1 week ahead; flavor and color intensify with 3 to 4 weeks’ storage.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Sort cranberries and discard soft or decayed fruit. Rinse berries and put in a 2- to 3-quart glass jar, crock, or bowl. Add peel, sugar, and wine; mix well.

Step 2
2

Cover and chill at least 1 week or up to a month; stir several times. Pour aperitif through a fine strainer into a pitcher, or return to jar. Serve cold. Reserve cranberry-orange peel mixture to dress up muffins and pancakes.

Ingredients

 2 cups cranberries, fresh or thawed frozen
 2 tablespoons finely shredded orange peel
 2 cups sugar
 2 bottles (750 ml. each) Chardonnay

Directions

Step 1
1

Sort cranberries and discard soft or decayed fruit. Rinse berries and put in a 2- to 3-quart glass jar, crock, or bowl. Add peel, sugar, and wine; mix well.

Step 2
2

Cover and chill at least 1 week or up to a month; stir several times. Pour aperitif through a fine strainer into a pitcher, or return to jar. Serve cold. Reserve cranberry-orange peel mixture to dress up muffins and pancakes.

Cranberry-Wine Aperitif