Mulled Wine Cranberry Sauce

This photo was so taken in the fall

The wine really makes this cranberry sauce a rich, deep color and oh so tasty.

Mulled Wine Cranberry Sauce

  • 2 cups red wine
  • zest one orange
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 nutmeg pod
  • 8-10 white or green peppercorns
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 12 ounces cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

In a small saucepan set over medium heat, bring wine to a boil with orange zest and spice. Let boil for about 3-5 minutes, but don’t allow liquid to reduce. Use a small strainer to remove everything but the cinnamon sticks. Add cranberries and sugar and allow mix to thicken and berries to burst, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and pull out the cinnamon sticks. Reserve them for garnish if desired. The sauce can be made a few days ahead of time and kept refrigerated until ready to serve.

We really like putting liquor in fruit so here’s one more cranberry sauce recipe to contemplate.

Brandied Cranberry Sauce

Where are the can indentations?


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This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
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18 Responses to Mulled Wine Cranberry Sauce

  1. Had to laugh at your second caption – Marisa at Food in Jars made a cranberry sauce, then used a can to mold it to get that “traditional” look 🙂

  2. Eva Taylor says:

    Licking my lips as I read this and it’s only 7am! What a lovely switch up to an old standard!

  3. Reblogged this on TheCoutureCook and commented:
    thanksgiving necessities!

  4. Love the mulled wine component in the cranberry sauce with the spices and pepper. Reminds me of a chutney I used to make that had a kick of heat in it…so complimentary to the sweet and the tart of the cranberry. Hope you guys have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Karen says:

    This cranberry sauce has such a beautiful deep color.

  6. Just in time for Turkey Day! This is just the best sounding cranberry sauce ever!

  7. Now that is my kind of cranberry sauce!

  8. Jessica says:

    Y’all sure make some fancy cranberries!

  9. peasepudding says:

    Now i like the sound of the mulled wine cranberry, two good things in one!

  10. Kristy says:

    Looks delicious! Making mine this week to take with to Mike’s family’s t-day.

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