Cabernet Cranberry Sauce

November 18, 2011

Don't think you like cranberry sauce?  Give this Cabernet Cranberry Sauce a try!  With cranberries simmered in Cabernet Sauvignon, and accented with cinnamon and tangerine zest, it may just change your mind.

Cranberry sauce.  To me, it always seemed like one of those things that was on the Thanksgiving table just because it's supposed to be there.  I'd take a tiny dollop ... pretty much because I thought I had to.  Then I found this recipe for cabernet cranberry sauce.  And that's when my entire view of this cranberry stand-by changed.

This cranberry sauce, I could gobble up by the spoonful (no pun intended!).  There's something about the combination of bold, rich Cabernet with tart cranberry and cinnamon that ... well ... just works.  Now, admittedly, I am a wine lover.  So that could have something to do with why I love this cabernet cranberry sauce so much.  How could a wine lover go wrong with a wine-based sauce?  But that aside, even if you're not a wine lover, I think you'd find this cabernet cranberry sauce to be a cut above the 'standard' fare.

Okay, so where's my spoon??  I need to dig in!  I sure hope I don't eat it all before Thursday.

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Yield: 8-10 Servings

Cabernet Cranberry Sauce

Don't think you like cranberry sauce? Give this Cabernet Cranberry Sauce a try! With cranberries simmered in Cabernet Sauvignon, and accented with cinnamon and tangerine zest, it may just change your mind.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 20 M


  • 1 (12 oz.) package fresh cranberries
  • 1 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 1 c. Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 3-inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 to 2 tsp. tangerine zest


How to cook Cabernet Cranberry Sauce

  1. Bring sugar and wine to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, and return to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low and simmer, partially covered, for 10-15 minutes, or until cranberry skins have popped.
  3. Remove and discard cinnamon stick. Cool slightly. Serve warm or chill at least 2 hours. Sauce will thicken as it cools.
  1. This cranberry sauce may be stored in the refrigerator for up to a month, so it's a great dish to make ahead of time.
  2. Use good quality wine. It makes a difference in this recipe! Also, I've tried making this with Merlot instead of Cabernet Sauvignon, and didn't like it nearly as well. 
  3. If you are a cinnamon lover, consider adding an extra cinnamon stick or a dash of ground cinnamon to the pot when adding the other ingredients. Personally, I love the cinnamon flavor in this sauce. I've also been known to add two or three whole cloves, as well.
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  1. Sounds yum! Thank-you! While we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, we certainly have our cranberry sauce and turkey at our Christmas dinner table. This sauce will make an appearance this might just get a test run much, much earlier. :-)

  2. Yum! The idea of the wine in it sounds great.

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  5. i love a good cranberry sauce! totally gonna try this one :)

  6. Yay, I found it! I'm going to have to put this on my Christmas menu, Tracey. Thanks for telling me about it!

  7. Your cranberry sauce sounds yummy! I usually add only 2 Tablespoons of Merlot to my cranberry sauce and let it soak overnight. But you can never go wrong with more wine in the sauce! :)
    Julie@ Sweet and Spicy Monkey

  8. I made this for Thanksgiving last year and it was delicious - and a big hit! It's definitely not your average cranberry sauce. I'm making it again this year. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. I'm so very glad you enjoyed this recipe! Thank you so much for stopping by to let me know ... your comment definitely made me smile. Happy Thanksgiving to you!!


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