Spiced Cranberry Sauce Recipe


I'm a bit of a control freak when it comes to my meals. This has led me to slowly but surely take over almost every aspect of Thanksgiving dinner. There's some holdouts though, like cranberry sauce, who I leave to my sister or mother to handle.

Truth be told, I'd never actually made cranberry sauce before developing this recipe. It was just one less thing for me to cook on Thanksgiving, but now knowing how incredibly simple it is to make and build upon, I may need to move this dish into my court this year.

For this variation add spices like cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves as well as orange juice and zest, then finish it off with a bit of spiced rum. The end result is incredible: a cranberry sauce that has a multidimensional array of seasonal flavors that fits seamlessly into any Thanksgiving meal.

Recipe Details

Spiced Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Active 15 mins
Total 45 mins
Serves 8 to 12 servings


  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries

  • 3/4 cup white sugar

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons orange juice

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 1 tablespoon spiced rum


  1. Place all cranberries, white sugar, water, brown sugar, orange juice, orange zest, cinnamon, allspice, Kosher salt, nutmeg, and cloves in a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally until berries start to pop, about 10 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat, stir in spiced rum, and let cool for 30 minutes. Adjust consistency with additional water as needed. Serve immediately or place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator, reheating prior to serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
76 Calories
0g Fat
19g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8 to 12
Amount per serving
Calories 76
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 28mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 17g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 33mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)