thu, sep 3, 20
fruit wines, hard, other drinks
two 750mL wine bottles
1 gallon container or bottle
1 brewsy bag
approximately 1 gallon of Ocean Spray unsweetened cranberry juice (or similar store-bought cranberry juice without artificial sweeteners)
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 ounces vodka
3 ounces cranberry wine
lime wedge for garnish (optional)
fresh cranberries for garnish (optional)
for your wine
for your cocktail
to make your wine
if not fermenting in the store bought juice container, pour one gallon of grape juice into your personal 1 gallon container.
use the sweetness calculator to determine how much sugar to add and juice to remove. cranberries are tart, so consider adding more sugar than you would normally! removing juice is necessary to give the wine enough room to breathe without bubbling over while fermenting.
once calculated, mix in appropriate amount of sugar and remove appropriate amount of cranberry juice for headroom.
add brewsy bag.
apply the airlock and leave the container somewhere dark and warm (75-77°F is best) for 3 days.
move to the fridge for 48 hours.
after 48 hours in the fridge, pour wine off the sediment that has gathered in the bottom of the bottle (best to pour into an extra empty bottle or large bowl, rinse out the original bottle, and then return wine to newly rinsed bottle).
store your wine in the fridge to keep chilled and fresh.
to make your cocktail
add several ice cubes to a highball glass (or other cocktail glass of your choice).
pour in your vodka and wine, and stir with a long spoon until chilled.
garnish with lime wedge and fresh cranberries, if desired.