I have a question about the recipe "Santa's Cranberry Vodka" from Maria Teresa Jorge. I made this per the recipe and it turned out very dark. . . not as festive and pretty as the photo. My guess is due to the brown sugar rather than cane sugar. In addition, the ingredients combined make well over a litre, so my proportions were off when I realized the remaining vodka was not going to make it in the jar. Also, did you simmer the cranberries and remove from the heat before they began splitting? Or did it make a difference? I would appreciate your directions.