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

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

97 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 24.7g 8% DV; fat 0.1g; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 10.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2012
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/30/2009
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. Read More
(10)
15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
11/13/2012
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. Read More
(20)
Rating: 3 stars
11/30/2009
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. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
11/01/2013
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2011
I let this simmer on low for a good hour or so. It was thick and flavorful...perfect! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2017
ok so I never eat cranberry sauce because of the after taste of the cranberries.. anyways I'm cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the first time this year and my mom wanted cranberry sauce the looks like a glob of jello kind.. keeps the form of the can... well I was making everything else from scratch so decided to give this recipe a try.. I made sure to simmer the liquid part and reduce it down about an hour.. then added the cranberries after they popped I reduced heat again and simmered until nice and thick.. tried it and OMG I actually might eat this with my meal and maybe next day on toast and I'll look up more things to use cranberry sauce in or on because this is really Yummy and smells amazing. thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2015
I loved it! This will be our new holiday cranberry sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2016
Great recipe only substituted lemon for orange due to a food allergy definitely will make again! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2013
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. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
11/26/2014
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. Read More
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