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How To Make The Best Cranberry Apple Sauce With Grand Marnier

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Are you looking to take the traditional cranberry sauce and very easily create an incredibly delicious gourmet cranberry sauce that will be the talk of your next holiday meal?


Trust me when I tell you that this is the best cranberry sauce recipe I have ever tasted and the easiest thing to make!

The Best Cranberry Apple Sauce With Grand Marnier

A white square dish with Cranberry Apple Sauce with Grand Marnier with a silver spoon resting in the sauce. The bowl is sitting on a wooden surface.

This easy homemade cranberry sauce is full of wonderful flavor.

The sauce has just the right balance of tart fresh cranberries, granny smith apples, brown sugar, citrus zest and taken to the next level with a splash of Grand Marnier.

Now I know that the canned stuff is still popular with Thanksgiving dinner but why not impress everyone this holiday season and make this Grand Marnier cranberry sauce recipe?


I’ve become somewhat of a fresh cranberry sauce lover! It’s just a perfect side dish as well as on a leftover turkey sandwich this time of year.

Four different size white bowls along with one orange, one lemon, and one Granny Smith apple. The largest bowl has fresh whole cranberries in it. There is brown sugar in one of the bowls, white sugar in another bowl, and orange flavor liqueur in the forth bowl. All the items are sitting on a wood surface

Ingredients for The Best Cranberry Apple Sauce With Grand Marnier

  • Whole fresh cranberries
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • White granulated sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • 1 Orange
  • 1 Lemon
  • Grand Mariner
Three different size white bowls with chopped apple in the largest bowl, lemon zest and orange zest are in the other 2 bowls. There is a half of lemon on a hand held juicer resting on a glass measuring cup. In front of the bowls there is a vegetable peeler, 2 citrus reamers and a citrus zester. All items are sitting on a wood surface

Helpful Tools

  • Zester
  • Juicer
  • Peeler

Six Easy Steps To Make This Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce

1 – Rinse and drain cranberries, discarding any bad ones

2 – Peel, core, and chop the Granny Smith apple into small pieces

3 – Grate and juice the orange and lemon

Small dutch oven pan with cooked whole cranberries in it. The pan is on a wood surface

4 – Cook the cranberries, both sugars and water until the juicy berries begin to pop open

Small dutch oven pan with lemon and orange zest and chopped apples on top of cooked whole cranberries. Pan is sitting on a wood surface.

5 – Add the apple, zests, juices, and the Grand Marnier liqueur to the cranberry mixture

Small dutch oven pan with lemon and orange zest and chopped apples mixed in with cooked whole cranberries. There is a white rubber spatula resting in the mixture. The pan is on a wood surface.

Step 6 – Cook all ingredients for an additional 15 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature

Tips

  • You can substitute light brown sugar for dark brown sugar
  • Toss in a cinnamon stick while cooking the cranberries for a little extra spice

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Cranberry Sauce Get Thicker As It Cools?

Yes, the sauce will thicken as it cools.

How Can I Make My Cranberry Sauce Thicker?

To make cranberry sauce thicker, cook the sauce down a little longer so more of the liquid cooks off. If that doesn’t work, add a little cornstarch that has been whisked into some fresh squeezed orange juice or water.

Can You Make This Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe Ahead?

Yes, you can make cranberry sauce in advance. Allow the cranberry sauce to cool in the refrigerator for at least two hours to completely set bringing its sweet flavors to their highest.

You can make the sauce up to a week ahead. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container.

When Are Cranberries In Season?

Fresh berries are harvested in the fall and are usually only available in the grocery store from October through December.

Can Cranberries Be Frozen?

Cranberries can be frozen for up to a year which is a great way to enjoy cranberries throughout the year.

Tart cranberries make a great fruit juice and can be made into a jammy sauce that is great as a sandwich spread.

Where Are Cranberries Grown?

There are only 5 states that grow most of the country’s supply of the tart berries with most cranberries grown in Wisconsin and Massachusetts. New Jersey, Oregon, and Washington round up the five states.

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Can’t get enough of the tart flavor and crunchy texture of cranberries? Try these Cranberry Brie Bites.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

How To Make The Best Cranberry Apple Sauce With Grand Marnier

A white square dish with Cranberry Apple Sauce with Grand Marnier with a silver spoon resting in the sauce. The bowl is sitting on a wooden surface.

This easy homemade cranberry sauce is full of wonderful flavor with the right balance of tart fresh cranberries, granny smith apples, brown sugar, citrus zest and taken to the next level with a splash of Grand Marnier.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • One 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries, cleaned
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • Zest and juice of 1 whole orange
  • Zest and juice of 1 whole lemon
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Cook the whole cranberries, both sugars, and water in a medium saucepan over low heat until the skins begin to pop open. Approximately 4 to 7 minutes.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, chopped apple, zests, juices, and orange liqueur and cook for an additional 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let the cranberry sauce cool for at least 2 hours to room temperature or chill over night in the refrigerator.
  4. Serve at room temperature.

Notes

  • Any orange-flavored cognac liqueur can be used instead of Grand Marnier liqueur
  • You can substitute light brown sugar for dark brown sugar
  • Toss in a cinnamon stick while cooking the cranberries for a little extra spice
  • I highly recommend to do so! Cranberry sauce requires at least 2 hours of cooling in the refrigerator to completely set and bring its sweet flavors to their highest.
  • You can make the sauce up to a week ahead. Just be sure to store it in an air-tight container.


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