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Cran this be Love? (Holiday Brandied Cranberry Sauce)

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Cran this be Love?  Holiday Cranberry sauce with Brandy

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No doubt, you will love this Holiday Cranberry sauce with Brandy.  This relish is nicely spiced like a chutney- citrusy and spiked with Blackberry Brandy.  The flavors come alive to make this Cranberry Sauce the center of attention at your Thanksgiving dinner.

Serve the sauce.  Delicious with Turkey, Pork, Chicken, or over baked Brie.  Gorgeous on a Holiday Charcuterie Board.  This easy Brandied Cranberry sauce is quick to make, with the perfect balance of sweet and zesty, with a vibrant zing of Blackberry Brandy flavor.



What do I need for this Spiked Cranberry Sauce Recipe?


  • Medium saucepan
  • Zester or grater


  • Orange Juice
  • Brown Sugar
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Ground Allspice
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Ground Cloves
  • Lemon juice
  • Fresh Cranberries (or use frozen cranberries)
  • Orange zest
  • Blackberry Brandy


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Make Holiday Cranberry sauce with Brandy

So simple for you to make this beloved side-dish

  • You bring the juice, sugar and spices to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes
  • Bring the heat back up to medium high, and add the fresh cranberries. Stir occasionally.   Boil the mixture until the cranberries burst open, and thickens to a jelly-like consistency
  • Turn off the heat.  Stir in the Orange zest, Lemon juice and the Blackberry Brandy. Let cool / chill (We add these last parts after the boil- so their goodness does not evaporate)


Holiday Cranberry sauce with Brandy

Cranberry sauce
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Cran this be Love? (Holiday Brandied Cranberry Sauce)

Cranberry sauce with Blackberry Brandy
Prep Time10 minutes
Active Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Appetizer, desserts
Cuisine: American
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Yield: 10


  • 1 Medium Sauce Pam
  • 1 Hand grater


  • ½ cup Orange Juice
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp Ground Allspice
  • ¼ tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon juice
  • 4 cups Fresh Cranberry
  • Zest from 1 Orange
  • Cup Blackberry Brandy


  • Combine Orange juice, Brown sugar, and Spices. Stir and bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes. Then reduce the heat and simmer for 3 more minutes
  • Bring the heat back up to medium high, and add the fresh cranberries. Boil the cranberries until they pop, and the mixture thickens to a jelly-like consistency
  • Once the cranberries thicken, turn off the heat. Stir in the Orange zest, Lemon juice and the Blackberry Brandy. Let cool.
  • Serve, or refrigerate in an airtight container

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FAQ’s on Holiday Cranberry sauce


Where are cranberries grown in the United States?

Cranberries are mostly grown in 5 states.  The top producer of cranberries is Wisconsin- producing almost half of the country’s berries.  Massachusetts’s is the next most successful state producing almost 1/3- followed by Oregon, New Jersey, and Washington. Fresh Cranberries are generally available between mid- September to mid November.  Growers harvest millions of pounds of cranberries when they reach their peak of color and flavor.


Are there health benefits to Cranberries?

A study found that of 20 common fruits, cranberries are the highest in phenols- a type of antioxidants.  Enjoy a superfood with high nutrient content, and plant compounds that help prevent stomach cancer, heart disease, and Urinary Tract infections.  Cranberries improve immune function and lower blood pressure


Why are cranberries traditionally associated with the Holidays in the US?

As one of the few originally natively grown fruits in the United States, the cranberry represents an American harvest on our Holiday table.  They were believed to be in abundance in the 1500s, and likely enjoyed by Native Americans and Pilgrims.


Can I use dried Cranberries in my homemade Cranberry sauce?

We don’t suggest using dried cranberries as a substitute for the fresh cranberries in a homemade holiday recipe. Unlike fresh fruit, dried cranberries are infused with a sugar solution before being dried and spayed with oil to keep them from sticking together in the bag.  They not have the texture you want, but they will also make your sauce too sweet.


Can I used canned cranberries in my homemade Cranberry sauce?

For best results, use fresh or frozen cranberries in a cranberry sauce recipe from scratch.  Canned berries contain sugar and sometimes gelatin, which will throw off your recipe, and may make your sauce exceedingly sweet.


More Facts about Cranberries




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Holiday Cranberry sauce with Brandy -Mix it Up

  • You can switch out the Brandy in our homemade cranberry sauce- Any kind of Berry Brandy adds a depth of flavor
  • Keep your leftover cranberry sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator – Enjoy for 10-14 days
  • Use your Brandy Cranberry sauce as a Thanksgiving side, but also try on Toast, Pork, Cheese, Turkey sliders – You will want to save this cranberry recipe, and enjoy all year long


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9 Responses

  1. 5 stars
    Not gonna lie, I made this for Thanksgiving, we tested it on bagels with cream cheese, and long story short….I now have to make more cran sauce for Turkey Day. So tasty! Can’t wait to make Turkey bunwiches with it, too!

  2. 5 stars
    OMG! I tried this recipe because of all the warm spices in it. BUT THE BRANDY!!!! YUM! We put in over a cream cheese block and served with crostinis at the family dinner. The left overs on a turkey sandwich….. it could be love.

  3. 5 stars
    I have never been a fan of cranberry sauce-just too sweet-
    I made this for everyone else.

    I have been converted. interesting flavors- and savory pie-like spices. Enjoyed

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