Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe with Orange Liqueur

This Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe with Orange Liqueur is our favorite fresh cranberry sauce to make for Thanksgiving! This SPIKED CRANBERRY SAUCE is a fun twist on a classic Thanksgiving recipe. No holiday table is complete without cranberry sauce, and this easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce is extra delicious and amazing! We call them “sauced” cranberries.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce with Orange Liqueur in a serving dish

Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe with Orange Liqueur

This homemade cranberry sauce recipe with orange liqueur is such a fun twist on a classic Thanksgiving recipe!

This Homemade Cranberry Sauce is my favorite Fresh Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving. My Mom and I are the only two people in the family that like cranberry sauce. I think the rest of the family are CRAZY! For me, a good Cranberry Sauce Recipe with Orange Liqueur is a must make for Thanksgiving, and really anytime turkey is involved.

I love this Homemade Cranberry Sauce on Thanksgiving itself but I also love it with turkey leftovers and any time of year.

Even though we are the only ones that like it, we make it every darn year because we don’t just like it, we LOVE IT. For me it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without this fun and easy Cranberry Sauce Recipe with Orange liqueur. I made it a little bit more unique with splashes of sherry and orange liqueur. Get ready! I could eat this with a spoon for dessert!

This Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe with Orange Liqueur is the perfect addition to the holiday table. I just can’t get enough of it!

Homemade Cranberry Sauce in a serving dish on a white dish towel

Spiked Cranberry sauce in a white dish

Spiked Cranberry Sauce

Whether you call this simple side dish “Sauced Cranberries” or “Spiked Cranberry Sauce”, the resulting DELICIOUS Homemade Cranberry Sauce is always the same.

This Cranberry Sauce Recipe with Orange Liqueur is sweet, tangy, zippy, and delicious. A little bit unique and a lot bit required for Thanksgiving Day. I just think this Homemade Cranberry Sauce is such a fun recipe for your holiday table. If you’re worried about cooking with alcohol, no need to fret. All of the alcohol cooks out while boiling, leaving just the complex flavors that make this Orange Cranberry Sauce truly amazing!

What are the ingredients for Cranberry Sauce?

Cranberry Sauce is a classic thanksgiving recipe with simple ingredients. Here’s what you need to make Homemade Cranberry Sauce:

  • Fresh cranberries
  • Orange liqueur
  • Sugar
  • Port or dry sherry
  • And a little bit of salt

Just a few ingredients and now you can make this delicious cranberry sauce recipe with orange liqueur!

How long can you keep Homemade Cranberry Sauce in the fridge?

This Homemade Cranberry Sauce recipe can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks! It’s the perfect food to keep around for leftovers (but it’s SO good, you’ll probably eat it all before it hits the 2 week mark!). You can also freeze it for up to 2 months if you prefer to make it in big batches.

Do you eat cranberry sauce warm or cold?

Cranberry Sauce is so tasty regardless of what temperature it is. Serve it warm, serve it cold, or serve it at room temperature. Whatever you prefer! It works well at room temperature for Thanksgiving day, but it’s really good served cold with leftovers.

What goes well with Cranberry Sauce?

This Cranberry Sauce recipe with Orange Liqueur is a beautiful compliment to all the classic Thanksgiving recipes. It’s the perfect side dish for Honey Baked Ham or Instant Pot Turkey Breast.

Plus it pairs like a dream with these other holiday side dishes:

Fresh Cranberry Sauce

If you’re looking for a fun and unique twist on a classic this Thanksgiving, then this Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe is for you. I just love how the orange liqueur infuses the cranberry flavor. It’s DIVINE! It’s gonna be a favorite side dish for Thanksgiving, or any big holiday dinner.

See the recipe card below for full details on How to Make Homemade Cranberry Sauce. Enjoy!

This Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe with Orange Liqueur is our favorite fresh cranberry sauce to make for Thanksgiving! This SPIKED CRANBERRY SAUCE is a fun twist on a classic Thanksgiving recipe. No holiday table is complete without cranberry sauce, and this easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce is extra delicious and amazing! We call them "sauced" cranberries.

Spiked Cranberry Sauce

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry sauce, spiked cranberry sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 279 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin | The Cookie Rookie

This Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe with Orange Liqueur is our favorite fresh cranberry sauce to make for Thanksgiving! This SPIKED CRANBERRY SAUCE is a fun twist on a classic Thanksgiving recipe. No holiday table is complete without cranberry sauce, and this easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce is extra delicious and amazing! We call them "sauced" cranberries.

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Ingredients

  • cups sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup port or dry sherry
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • ¼ cup orange liqueur Triple Sec or Grand Marnier

Instructions

  1. Mix together sugar, port and water in a heavy 2-quart saucepan, over MED-HIGH heat. Stir well, and add cranberries. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to MED-LOW and simmer 30-40 minutes until thickened. Stir often.
  2. Remove from heat and cool 15 minutes.
  3. If a chunkier cranberry sauce is desired, pour the sauce in a blender or food processor and chop or pulse a couple of times, until cranberries are almost puréed. (Or, even easier yet, leave the sauce in the pan and use a stick blender.)
  4. If a smooth cranberry sauce is desired, pour the sauce through a fine-mesh strainer over a medium bowl.
  5. Stir in the orange liqueur.
  6. Pour the sauce into an airtight container and let cool before covering. When the sauce has cooled, cover tightly and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.
  7. Serve cold or at room temperature.
  8. Note: Cranberry sauce can be frozen in a freezer container up to 2 months.

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Nutrition Facts
Spiked Cranberry Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 279
% Daily Value*
Sodium 103mg 4%
Potassium 77mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 62g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 56g
Vitamin A 0.8%
Vitamin C 10.7%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 1.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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