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Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce is the perfect cranberry sauce to accompany your holiday dinner. Why perfect? Cranberries and apples are complimentary flavors so the addition of apple cider to the cranberries made for some mind blowing cranberry sauce!

Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce

How to Make Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce

This apple cider cranberry sauce is so easy to make. You put all of the ingredients used to make the sauce into a saucepan at the same time. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook until the cranberries pop and the liquids thicken. At the end of cooking I like to take a spoon and smash up the cranberries against the saucepan. Totally optional but I recommend it to those of you who prefer a less chunky sauce. Sauce is still chunky but smaller chunks than if you skip smashing the cranberries.

Ingredients needed to make this cranberry sauce

  • cranberries
  • apple cider
  • granulated sugar
  • water

This sauce goes well with turkey for Thanksgiving dinner and tastes amazing paired with spiral ham for Christmas dinner. 

Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce

Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Yield: 8-10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes


  • 1 12oz bag of cranberries, rinsed and picked through
  • 1/2 C apple cider
  • 1/2 C water
  • 3/4 C granulated sugar


  1. Place all ingredients (cranberries, apple cider, water and sugar) in a large sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the liquids have slightly thickened.
  2. Optional step: Use a wooden spoon to smash the cranberries on the side of the saucepan to break up the chunks.
  3. Allow to cool for one hour before serving.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 100 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 2mg Carbohydrates: 26g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 22g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g
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4 comments on “Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce Recipe”

  1. Nothing better than homemade cranberries! Thanks for sharing at the What’s for Dinner party! Can’t wait to what other recipes you’ll bring next week!

  2. I love the idea of cooking the cranberries with apple cider! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us at the Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you’ll be sharing next week. Pinned!
    Robin 🦃

  3. Wow! My favorite sauce is cranberry sauce. I like the way cranberry goes with meat and poultry. This exquisite sweet and sour taste… Perfect! I’ve never tried to add apple cider and never thought they go so nicely together. I think I’m gonna cook it for meat on New Year’s Eve. Thank you very much for the idea, Julie!
    By the way, I have my own recipe for cranberry sauce. It’s not mine, well, but I modified it and add a “secret” ingredient. Probably, somebody will be interested in it. I put 3 tablespoons of cherry liqueur to the same amount of cranberry. If you don’t have it, you can add another liqueur, probably, cloudberry, lingonberry, or cranberry ones. If you don’t have any liqueurs, you can use red wine, but don’t forget to reduce the amount by half (1,5 tsp).
    This sauce is great for all types of meat, especially for turkey.
    Julie, thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes! I appreciate your work! Keep it up.
    And Happy New Year!