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Cranberry Sauce with Grand Marnier

Let’s take a classic Thanksgiving side dish up a notch with this easy homemade cranberry sauce with Grand Marnier! This side dish is full of holiday flavors like cinnamon, allspice, splashes of citrus, and elevated with a little orange liquor. This homemade cranberry sauce with Grand Marnier recipe is perfect for a stress-free Thanksgiving.

  • Author: Michele Sidorenkov, RDN
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 1 3/4 cup (serves about 10-14 people) 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • 3 cups fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 medium orange // zest (about 1 tablespoon & freshly squeezed orange juice (about 1/4 cup))
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 ounce or 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
  • 1/8 teaspoon allspice

Instructions

Stove Top:

  1. In a medium sauce pot, add cranberries, sugar, water, freshly squeezed orange juice, and cinnamon stick, then stir. Slowly bring the pot to a simmer uncovered on medium heat and let cook for 15 minutes.
  2. Add orange zest, Grand Marnier, and allspice to the pot and continue to slowly simmer uncovered for another 10-15 minutes.
  3. Cool in the refrigerator before serving.

Slow Cooker:

  1. Add cranberries, sugar, water, freshly squeezed orange juice, and cinnamon stick to a slow cooker. Cover, set to low heat and let cook for 5 hours.
  2. Stir in the orange zest, Grand Marnier, and allspice, then cover and continue to cook for another hour.
  3. Cool in the refrigerator before serving.

Notes

  • STOVETOP VS. SLOW COOKER The flavor of the dish will be the same no matter the cooking method. With the stovetop, the cranberry sauce will be more jammy and congealed, while the slow cooker cranberry sauce is more loose and is able to better maintain the whole cranberry shape.
  • SIMMER TEMPERATURE & TEXTURE - On the stove, slowly simmering instead of boiling will prevent the cranberries from bursting and loosing their shape.
  • MAKE AHEAD – This cranberry sauce can stay in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • STORAGE - Always store your cranberry sauce in a non-metallic container. I use these these glass containers.
  • FREEZING - You can freeze this recipe for up to 3 months. When you are ready to use your frozen cranberry sauce, just thaw in the refrigerator. You can also freeze any leftover fresh cranberries, they can freeze for up to 18 months!

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