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November 13, 2013

Drunken Cranberry Sauce

Sweet and spicy, Drunken Cranberry Sauce pairs perfectly with a traditional holiday dinner of turkey, gravy and stuffing. Ready within 15 minutes, this lightning fast side dish adds sweetness to a meal. Fresh cranberries cook with spiced rum, orange juice and brown sugar to make this delightful recipe. Drunken Cranberry Sauce is what you’ll want to serve at the Thanksgiving, Christmas and holiday party tables!

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This dish sounds a lot boozier than it actually is.

The cranberries aren’tย really drunk.

They’re just jazzed up by a little rum.

Because rum jazzes us all up sometimes, right? Right.

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This dish was conceived and executed about, oh, ten minutes before we sat down for our Peacock Thanksgiving dinner.

I’d purchased cranberries, knowing I wanted to make a simple cranberry sauce for the meal with them, and I completely forgot about them until everyone was at our home, and we were carving the turkey.

There’s something so sweet and lovely about a simple side, and this cranberry sauce is that to a tee.

It’s sweet. It’s simple. And it’s pretty darn tasty, too.

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Looking for some more amazing holiday-centric side dishes? My Vegan Fresh Green Bean Casserole is always a hit (with the vegans and non-vegans alike), Bacon and Baguette Stuffing goes down easy and Bourbon Sweet Potato Casserole isย always a winner.

Interested in making this super simple, super flavorful cranberry sauce? Scroll on down to learn how you can make it at home!

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Drunken Cranberry Sauce

Sweet and spicy, Drunken Cranberry Sauce pairs perfectly with a traditional holiday dinner of turkey, gravy and stuffing. Ready within 15 minutes, this lightning fast side dish adds sweetness to a meal. Fresh cranberries cook with spiced rum, orange juice and brown sugar to make this delightful recipe. Drunken Cranberry Sauce is what you'll want to serve at the Thanksgiving, Christmas and holiday party tables!

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries , whole
  • 2 tablespoons spiced rum
  • 1/2 cup orange juice , freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan, combine the cranberries with the rum, orange juice and brown sugar.

  2. Cook about 10 minutes, or until cranberries have popped and the sauce has thickened.
  3. Serve as a side--either warm or cold--at the holiday dinner table.

Do you make cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving?

The photos and recipe for this Drunken Cranberry Sauce were originally published on November 13, 2013. The photographs, along with the text of this blog post,ย were updated on October 12, 2017.

19 Comments

  1. Alli

    This looks yummy. My homemade cranberry sauce is probably what I’m most “known for.” It’s the one and only thing I make that I swear could go head to head with a professional chef. Funny enough your recipe, which really does look delish, is somewhat similar to mine.

    • Erin

      I love that you’re known for your cranberry sauce and that you’d go head-to-head with a professional chef with your recipe. I’m curious what yours calls for and how you make it now!

  2. Katherine

    I have to admit that while I love cranberry sauce (more like the gel that comes from a can, let’s be honest), I have yet to make it myself. It just seems intimidating. Thanks for this recipe, which looks simple and delicious. And the rum can’t hurt. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Erin

      Girl, I hadn’t made cranberry sauce until two years ago, so I feel you on the nerves and being intimidated by it. (My grandmother’s homemade cranberry salad is the actual BEST, and making it under the guidance of my mom made it a little less scary.) If you give making your own a try, I’d love to know what you think of this… and you’re right, the rum does NOT hurt. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Erin

      Hey, nothing wrong with that! We’ve all got our own things. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you do make this, I’d love to know your thoughts!

  3. Prototype Mama

    I feel terrible but we eat cranberry sauce out of the can–yikes! My parents hate it but I just can’t make it ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m going to have to try this out

    • Erin

      Pssh. Everybody does their own thing, and I know so many people who eat their sauce out of the can. But IF you do try out this recipe, let me know what you think!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Aubrey! Sometimes, the simple stuff is just the best.

  4. Lindsay

    I love this recipe! I was searching for a little something different to do with cranberries this year and you had me at drunken ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m definitely going to try this!

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  8. Eleanor

    Hi there can you store this in sterilised jars and if so how long for?

    Thank you xxx

    • Erin

      Hey Eleanor. I’ve never stored these in sterilized jars before, so I can’t say for sure what time this would work for, long-term. I would look up canning information for similar fruit-based sauces/jams and see how long those last. (And if you’re looking for short-term, we kept some in our fridge for a few days afterward!)

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  10. Emily

    Has anyone tried the recipe yet and if so how did it taste?? Not sure how the dark brown sugar will taste

    • Erin

      Hey Emily! I extensively test all the recipes that I share here at The Speckled Palate. The recipe will work if you substitute granulated sugar or light brown sugar, but I like the robustness that the dark brown sugar to them the best. This is a recipe we make yearly, and we think it’s absolutely delicious.

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