Tangy Cranberry sauce with Port wine 🍷


written by @juliarecipes
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Thanksgiving is approaching and I have promised (many times) to post this easy, yet amazing homemade cranberry sauce recipe. But, every time I make this cranberry sauce, I never follow my original recipe and always change something on it and never write it down. So no wonder I don’t remember, what I did last time 🙂

So this time, I finally took my camera Canon and took pictures step by step, what I was adding into my cranberry sauce, as well as took a pen and scribbled it on a piece a paper to remember, what I did. Hurray, I can finally add this recipe to my blog!


This cranberry sauce is very versatile. You can use it to accompany any kind of meat (beef, pork, lamb) or poultry, as well as it can find it’s use on cheese platters, on toasts or crostini or could be used on pancakes or as a jam on pastries. You can put it pretty much on anything, I guess 🙂

This recipes calls for few ingredients, main one is cranberries…then it’s port wine (you can use any port wine), brown sugar, apple, cinnamon sticks and clementines or oranges. From oranges, we will use the zest and the juice as well.


I usually prepare double batch at Thanksgiving (middle of October ) and the rest I will freeze and reuse for Christmas. I keep it in airtight container, in the freezer (for maximum of 3 months) and once it’s defrosted ,I reheat it in small saucepan and re-season, if needed.

Usually I add bit of orange zest or bit of sugar. And because, once it’s frozen and then defrosted, it might becomes more liquid, so by adding bit of sugar, it will thicken again. Best way is to prepare this sauce a day before, so you have more time to take care of the turkey, stuffing, etc.


So you start first with washing all fruits: cranberries, apple and orange. Remove the skin from the apple, cut and core. Grate the zest of one orange and squeeze the juice out of the orange as well. In a medium saucepan heat the port wine, brown sugar, orange zest, orange juice, cinnamon sticks and cut and cored apples. Bring to a boil and let gently boil for 5 minutes.

Then you add the cranberries and reduce to medium heat. Let simmer for 10 minutes or until the cranberries starts to pop and fallen apart. Once the juices are reduced until desired thickness (you may as well add water or more orange juice to have your cranberry sauce more runny, if you like), take potato masher and coarsely mash the cranberries until the mixture is chunky. Now remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool. Once cooled, remove cinnamon sticks and discard.


And here you have a simple cranberry sauce with little twist of citrus and port wine. Nice tangy, sweet and colorful berry sauce, which can be accompanied to any meal, snack or pastry.

Hope you will enjoy it as much as I do and write me down in the comments, how did you do while preparing this amazing cranberry sauce.




Preparation time: 15 minutes⭐cooking time: 15 minutes⭐ servings: 2 cups



  • 1 cup of port
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • zest and juice from 1 medium orange
  • 1 apple cored and cut in small cubes
  • 3 1/2 cup or 340 g fresh or frozen cranberries


  1. Place the port wine, sugar, orange zest, apples and cinnamon sticks in a medium saucepan and bring to gentle boil. Boil for 5 minutes and stir.
  2. Reduce the heat medium and add the cranberries. Stir well, cover and boil for 10 minutes.
  3. After 10 minutes, the cranberries will start to pop and fall apart. Take a potato masher and mash the cranberries until coarsely mashed, so the mixture will be chunky.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool. Once cooled, remove the cinnamon sticks and discard.
  5. You can serve immediately of refrigerate for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.
  6. You can as well freeze it in air tight container up to 3 months.


4 thoughts on “Tangy Cranberry sauce with Port wine 🍷

  1. Haha I thought you were making an early Christmas post when I first saw this, but I have to start remembering when Thanksgiving is on. We don’t celebrate it here in Australia so I always forget about it. But that cranberry sauce looks perfect for any occasion (:

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    1. Thank you Nick 😍Yes you are right, it looks like xmassy post 🙂 Oh I had no idea, that you don’t have Thanksgiving, well I think you have spring season now, so it wouldn’t even make sense having Thanksgiving in fall 🍁

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