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Boozy Cranberry Sauce

This boozy cranberry sauce is made with Grand Marnier for a delicious hint of orange, plus brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword boozy cranberry sauce, drunken cranberry sauce, Grand Marnier cranberry sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 116kcal


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier
  • 3/4 cup (packed) brown sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Pick out any cranberries that may be past their prime and discard them.
  • Add the cranberries, water, Grand Marnier, sugar, and cinnamon stick to a medium-sized saucepan. Give it a good stir.
  • Simmer the mixture over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes or so, until the cranberries start to pop and the sauce has started to thicken (stir occasionally). At that point, reduce the heat and continue simmering until the sauce has thickened to your liking (about 10-12 minutes total).
  • Remove cinnamon stick and let the cranberry sauce cool. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.


  • This cranberry sauce is sweet, but it still has a bit of tartness from the cranberries. If you want a very sweet cranberry sauce, add another 1/4 cup of sugar.
  • This cranberry sauce can definitely be made ahead. It'll last a week or so in the fridge.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.


Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg