Boozy Fresh Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Why buy canned cranberry sauce when you can easily make your own from fresh cranberries, sugar, water, and a little bit of fresh orange? Cointreau®, or another orange-flavored liqueur, gives this sauce an extra flavor boost. It's perfect with ham, chicken, or turkey, whether it's a holiday or not.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
15 servings


  • 2 cups whole fresh cranberries

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ large orange, zested and juiced

  • cup orange-flavored liqueur (such as Cointreau®)

  • teaspoon salt, or to taste


  1. Combine cranberries, sugar, water, orange zest, orange juice, orange-flavored liqueur, and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook, stirring frequently, for about 20 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Sauce with thicken as it cools, to a soft-preserves stage. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

54 Calories
12g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 54
% Daily Value *
Sodium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 5mg 26%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Potassium 25mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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