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Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce

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Skip the can at the grocery store and make your own homemade Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce this year! It takes about 25 minutes to turn fresh cranberries, orange juice and zest, Amaretto, sugar, and water into a delicious side for your holiday meal.

Looking down on a bowl of orange amaretto cranberry sauce garnished with strips of orange zest.

Tart and sweet with punches of citrus create the p-e-r-f-e-c-t side dish to serve alongside your Thanksgiving turkey! It also adds the perfect touch to these Cranberry Brie Bites! Trust me, the can shaped glob of goo does not even compare!!

Looking down on a bowl of tart Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce sitting on a plaid, fall-colored napkin.

I mean seriously, doesn’t that look more enticing than a gelatinous cylinder with grooves sitting on a plate?

What you will need:

Fresh cranberries, orange juice and zest, sugar, water, and amaretto in bowls.
  • We start with fresh cranberries that have been rinsed and picked through to remove any damaged or squishy berries. Substitute frozen if fresh are not available.
  • To balance out the tart berries, we need granulated sugar, orange juice, and some Amaretto (almond) liqueur.
  • Fresh orange zest adds even more citrus flavor and some fresh water helps to create the perfect consistency.

How to make Cranberry Sauce with Amaretto and Orange:

Place the rinsed cranberries, sugar, orange juice, orange zest, and water in a saucepan.

Cranberries, orange zest and juice, sugar, and water in a saucepan.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer to cook down the cranberries.

Cranberry sauce simmering in a saucepan.

Add the Amaretto and continue to simmer until thickened, stirring frequently, about 12 to 15 minutes.

Cooked cranberry sauce stirred with a wooden spoon.

Allow the cranberry sauce to cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce garnished with strips of orange zest in a serving bowl with a black spoon in the background.

Recipe Notes & Tips:

  • Cranberry sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • This sauce can be made up to 5 days in advance, and does not need to be reheated before serving.

Recipe Modifications:

  • Substitute Bourbon or Grand Marnier for the Amaretto for a different flavor.
  • For non-alcoholic: substitute additional orange juice for the liqueur.
  • Substitute 1 cup of maple syrup, 1 cup of coconut sugar, or 12 dates soaked in hot water for the granulated sugar.
  • Garnish with toasted, sliced almonds for more texture.
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Amaretto Cranberry Sauce recipe.

Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce

It takes about 25 minutes to turn fresh cranberries, orange juice, Amaretto, sugar, and water into a delicious side for your holiday meal.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: tart cranberry sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 212kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds fresh cranberries rinsed, drained, and bad berries picked out
  • 1.5 cups granulated sugar
  • .67 cup orange juice 2/3 cup
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
  • .25 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons Amaretto liqueur

Instructions

  • Place the rinsed cranberries, sugar, orange juice, orange zest, and water in a saucepan.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer to cook down the cranberries.
  • Add the Amaretto and continue to simmer until thickened, stirring frequently, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Allow the cranberry sauce to cool completely, then transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Notes

  • Cranberry sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.
  • This sauce can be made up to 5 days in advance, and does not need to be reheated before serving.
  • Substitute Bourbon or Grand Marnier for the Amaretto for a different flavor.
  • For non-alcoholic: substitute additional orange juice for the liqueur.
  • Substitute 1 cup of maple syrup, 1 cup of coconut sugar, or 12 dates soaked in hot water for the granulated sugar.
  • Garnish with toasted, sliced almonds for more texture.

Nutrition

Calories: 212kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 99IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

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