Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce Recipe -
Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce

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"This is my absolute favorite cranberry sauce. The apple cider and hint of orange combined with the warm spices just makes it special."

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    45 mins


  1. Combine the apple cider, sugar, cinnamon sticks, orange zest, and cloves in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Turn heat to low; simmer until sugar is dissolved and the flavors are blended, 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Stir cranberries into the saucepan, turn heat to high, and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, until cranberries begin to pop, 5 to 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low, and cook until sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks and cloves. Pour into shallow dish to cool and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 13, 2012

I'm the submitter of this recipe and I want it to be perfect, so please know that the simmer times need to be increased. When simmering the cider and spices, up the time to nearly an hour at a very low simmer, to reduce the cider somewhat. After adding the cranberries, simmer until nice and thick.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 30, 2009

The taste was really good but it was too soupy even after adding gelatin to it. Next time I will use less apple cider, cut it down by 1/3.


10 Ratings

Nov 21, 2011

I let this simmer on low for a good hour or so. It was thick and flavorful...perfect!

Nov 01, 2013

WARNING! This sauce is highly addictive. I have never liked cranberry sauce out of the can and just don't see what purpose it serves. Not wanting buy canned cranberry sauce I though I'd give this a trial run before thanksgiving. I'm so glad I did. This is definitely a keeper. When I was making this my wife came from a back room in the house and wanted to know what smelled so good. It does take ever bit of an hour to thicken up on a simmer but who cares, your home will smell happy, happy. Thank you mimosa.

Jan 09, 2015

I loved it! This will be our new holiday cranberry sauce.

Nov 26, 2014

Wanted to try something different this year over my usual oranges, cranberries and sugar. This is okay. I'm taking it to Thanksgiving tomorrow and my fear is that the spices will overpower the turkey. We will see. I let it simmer for an hour to thicken up. I like the consistency. I don't hate it but just not sure if I like it enough to keep around.

Nov 28, 2013

Am I simmering just the cider and spice for an hour and then adding cranberries? I didnt have cinnamon sticks and not a fan of clove so I put in some ground cinnamon, clementine zest and grated ginger.


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  • Calories
  • 97 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 24.7 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.1 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 10 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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