Cabernet Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1126 Calories
1g Fat
262g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 1126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 151mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 262g 95%
Dietary Fiber 14g 52%
Total Sugars 225g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 126mg 630%
Calcium 89mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 744mg 16%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Making fresh cranberry sauce is not only easy, but it's fun! The sound of those fresh berries "popping" under the simmering liquid is quite mesmerizing. It sure beats the sound of a can opener. The salt and cayenne may seem like odd ingredients, but just a dash of each will really brighten the flavors of this great fresh cranberry sauce.


  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup cabernet wine, or other dry red wine

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

  • 2 tablespoons orange zest

  • 1 stick cinnamon stick

  • 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 pinch cayenne

  • 1/4 cup cold water

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Put the sugar into a medium saucepan. Add the orange juice, wine, zest, cinnamon stick, and spices, and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat.

  3. While the mixture is simmering, add the cranberries. Bring back to a simmer, and cook until the berries start to "pop."

  4. Simmer the mixture for about 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce will begin to thicken, and the berries will have all popped and collapsed.

  5. Add the 1/4 cup of cold water, stir well, and turn off the heat. Don't worry if a couple of berries didn't pop, as they will break down as the sauce is cooled and stirred. Remove and discard the cinnamon stick. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl.

  6. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally. As the sauce cools it will get very thick. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


  • The cranberry sauce will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


  • Fresh cranberries are available from September until late in December. When buying, choose berries that are bright red, plump, free from wrinkles with intact skin. They also should be firm to touch, without any cuts or cracks.
  • Fresh berries can be refrigerated in their original packaging for up to 2 weeks. If you'd like a supply of cranberries year round, buy several bags when the fresh are available and freeze them right in their original packaging. They can be frozen for up to 1 year. Use them frozen for baking, or thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Rinse cranberries well before using, and let drain. One 12-ounce bag of fresh cranberries equals 3 cups.