Drunken Cranberry Sauce

cranberry sauceHappy Thanksgiving!! This drunken cranberry sauce recipe is from my mom, who got it from my grandma’s sister, Tia Maria. This is the first year I am not spending Thanksgiving with my family, so she thought it would cheer me up! I made it this morning for our dinner tonight. Did you already guess the secret ingredient? It’s a little shot of brandy. This is the most flavorful cranberry sauce I have ever had, I love it so much. If it is too tart, you can always keep adding more sugar. This cranberry sauce is especially good the next morning on a bread roll for breakfast, and keeps as jam for a couple of days in the refrigerator.

I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving, and hope you are all enjoying a delicious meal today!


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Drunken Cranberry Sauce
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Type: Side
Serves: 6
  • 8-oz fresh organic cranberries
  • 2 tbsp water
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 orange peel
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 2 tbsp brandy
  1. Add cranberries and water to a saucepot over low heat.
  2. Add the sugar, orange peel and cinnamon stick, and continue to heat on low for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Turn up the heat to medium for 5 minutes and stir.
  4. If most of the cranberries have burst, turn off the heat and stir in the brandy.
  5. Cool to room temperature before serving.
Makes ~2 cups



  1. Hotly Spiced says:

    I love the look of your cranberry sauce and it’s so good to make your own. I always like to make my own cranberry sauce but the issue is finding the cranberries. They’re not common here and because of the seasons, I have to buy frozen and they’re very hard to source. I have my fingers crossed for this year’s Christmas. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving xx

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