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Simple Cranberry Sauce with Citrus

Simple Cranberry Sauce with Citrus

  • Author: Mila Furman
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x


My simple cranberry sauce will only take 20 minutes but tastes like it came straight out of a gourmet French kitchen! It takes 4 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time to have this delicious and simple cranberry sauce on your Thanksgiving table right alongside your perfect turkey!


  • 16 oz fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 tbsp Elderflower Liquor
  • juice and zest of half an orange


  1. Add cranberries into a sauce pan and set over low heat. Allow to cook for about 15 minutes or until super saucy.
  2. Remove ½ cup of cranberries and set aside.
  3. Add all of the ingredients and cook for 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Remove from the stove. Allow to cool.  Add the 1/2 cup of cranberries to the rest of the sauce once cooled. 
  5. Serve garnished with orange zest.


The classic elderflower liquor is St. Germaine. But there are plenty of other brands that I have had that are significantly less expensive.
Because of the pectin in the fruit, the sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. This will keep for 2-3 weeks in the fridge.

***Recipe adapted from RecipeTin Eats***

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: American