Sometimes I Cook with Wine Cranberry Sauce

homemade cranberry sauce recipe

As I was putting a few cranberries on a skewer for tomorrow’s recipe, an idea hit me. Moments of marinating grapes and making a strawberry Pinot reduction flashed through my head. Replace the water used to make cranberry sauce with wine! Wine always enhances the flavor and makes a dish stand out. Yes, this is not your Grandmother’s cranberry sauce and yes, you can make your own, in minutes!

how to make cranberry sauce - with wine!

Sometimes, I cook with wine. Okay, I frequently cook with wine, sometimes it makes it into the dish. This cranberry sauce recipe is a result of one of those times where I was successful getting the wine into the dish. It’s easy to make cranberry sauce, so please, save yourself and Thanksgiving and whip this little side dish up. Cranberry sauce should never come in a log, sliced.

quick and easy cranberry sauce recipe - made with wine!

My red wine cranberry sauce consists of just 3 ingredients – cranberries, sugar and wine, of course. Who wants to water down your sauce? If your house is anything like ours, the latter two ingredients are easily accessible.

Easy red wine cranberry sauce recipe

Give your guests something to talk about this Thanksgiving and Christmas and indulge them in a little extra dose of wine. As the cranberries reduce {and pop}, the wine and sugar jelly to make them yummiest sauce ever that you can serve chilled or at room temperature.

This is not your grandma's cranberry sauce - easy, 5 minute {hands on time} cranberry sauce recipe made with a secret ingredient!

how to make cranberry sauce in minutes

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Easy cranberry sauce recipe - with red wine!

Sometimes I Cook with Wine Cranberry Sauce

Cook Time 13 mins Total Time 0:13
Serves 6     adjust servings


  • 12 oz {1 bag} fresh cranberries
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c red wine


  1. Combine sugar and wine in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to boil.
  2. Add cranberries, return to boil until they start popping, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat, place sauce in a serving bowl and allow to thicken as it cools.



I have several more Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes to share in the next few weeks, so keep in touch!

entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner



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