Merlot Cranberry Sauce and Great Cranberry Sauce Recipes By You

**Thanks for voting this recipe into Foodbuzz Top 9 today! November 11,2011 **

Merlot Cranberry Sauce; recipe; Holiday recipes; Thanksgiving day recipes; Thanksgiving; cranberry sauce; homemade; easy; Merlot; wine; red wine,vegan; vegetarian; Spicie FoodieThe holiday season is upon us. Thanksgiving day is in 2 weeks so that means many of you have already started planning your dinner menus. A must have staple on the American Thanksgiving Day table is cranberry sauce. Tough it is a staple on many American tables in my family’s Mexican American fusion holiday table it was not to be found. Secretly I was always glad it never made an appearance. It wasn’t that I disliked cranberries, no it was they way I saw it come out of cans. To me it looked like the gelatinous globs that collect on top of soup stock with nothing but preservatives to get it to that state. No knock on those who enjoy it. Actually I’ve never even tasted those cans so I might very well change my mind. I don’t know. Have you guys tried it and what do you think of it ?

European; Thanksgiving; dinner; food; tangerine; mandarin; table; wine; glass; wine goblets; turkey; drumstick; meat; roasted; cookies; Czech; pastries; quark cheese; damson cheese; cranberry sauce; Russian; table cloth; colorful; Autumn; colors; Beaujolais; Primer; red wine; 2010, A Very European ThanksgivingLast Thanksgiving when we decided to have a small dinner of our own we included cranberry sauce. The good thing about being in Europe is that those cans of cranberry sauce are not to be found,(Well at least not in my local shops.), so homemade was the only option. As I began doing research for a good basic recipe I came across so many great recipes. But in the end I just winged it and added as I went. So this is the simple and boozy cranberry sauce recipe I made. Hope you like it and please continue to the bottom for some amazing cranberry sauce recipes by members of our lovely community.

5.0 from 7 reviews
Merlot Cranberry Sauce
Recipe type: Side
Serves: 3-4
  • ½ lb. (230 grams) frozen whole cranberries
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Merlot
  • ½ tsp. ground cinammon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cardamom
  • 4 whole allspice
  • 2 whole cloves
  1. Pour the water, wine and sugar into a pot. Stir and allow the sugar to melt completely, then add all of the spices and frozen cranberries. Stir ingredients well. Simmer over medium low heat, stirring occasionally. Simmer until the cranberries break down and the liquid thickens. Taste the sauce and adjust the sugar to the sweetness desired.
**Tip: I used the leftover sauce to make cranberry chocolate crumble bars. **

Merlot Cranberry Sauce; recipe; Holiday recipes; Thanksgiving day recipes; Thanksgiving; cranberry sauce; homemade; easy; Merlot; wine; red wine,vegan; vegetarian; Spicie FoodieFantastic Cranberry Sauce recipes from our community:
Baked Brie Croissants with Cranberry Sauce by The Ardent Epicure
Spiced Cranberry Orange Sauce by Alejandra Ramos of Always Order Dessert
Cranberry Cookbook & Jellied Cranberry Sauce by Chef Tom Cooks
Homemade Cranberry Sauce by Shamrocks and Shenanigans
Orange-Scented Cranberry Sauce by Cleanliness is Next to Godliness
Spiced-Tea Cranberry Sauce by Family Spice
Ruby Chicken by Rindy Mae
Cranberry Sauce with Merlot, Molasses and Toasted Walnuts by Creative Culinary

Merlot Cranberry Sauce; recipe; Holiday recipes; Thanksgiving day recipes; Thanksgiving; cranberry sauce; homemade; easy; Merlot; wine; red wine, vegan; vegetarian; Spicie Foodie

*Do you have a great cranberry sauce recipe? Leave the link in the comments and I’ll add you to the list above.*

**Thanks for voting this recipe into Foodbuzz Top 9 today! November 11,2011 **


  1. says

    I’ve never really liked cranberry sauce either…maybe it has to do with the fact it comes out of cans, but this sauce looks mouth watering.

  2. says

    I agree, I think the way cranberry sauce comes out of the can, ridges & all just freaks me out! So last year I decided to make my own cranberry sauce, it was so good but unfortunately I didn’t have my blog up yet so I don’t have a post on it. Your recipe sounds amazing, I have a dinner party coming up next Friday and I think I might have to try this out. :)

    • says

      Hi Lacy, Hehe, your feelings are the same :) I hope you do try my recipe or any of the ones listed, let me know. If you post your own come back and post the link so I can add you.

  3. says

    That looks wonderful! I’m not a huge fan of cranberry sauce (I never had cranberries before coming to the States), but with a Merlot twist, maybe I can be converted :)

    • says

      Hi Kiri, Yeah cranberries are not so popular here in Europe. It took me forever to even find juice when we first arrived. Perhaps the Melot will change your mind. If not just drink the left over wine, hehe!

  4. says

    I do have a big bottle of Merlot needing to be used (can’t drink it all) and this looks to be the perfect use for it. Very creative, creating a cranberry sauce with wine-but it sounds like a winner. I am imagining the flavor blend. Well done!

  5. says

    Delicious! Might I say, your food photography is nothing less than stunning. Both the quality of the food, the means by which it is presented, and the accompanying items are very elegantly arranged.

  6. says

    You guys don’t have cans, really? I don’t like it myself, but my mom did. I made Kim – Liv Life’s last year and I’m gonna make it again this year, I have to go find the link. It had orange and Grand Marnier in it, yummy.

  7. says

    Hola amiga!! Thanks for stopping by, ah no worries..I am so behind on my blog reading too, lol

    We also never had cranberies for Thanksgiving, we had tamales and pozole! Great recipe, I also made cranberry sauce recently with guajillo chiles. I will add link when it runs over at New Latina. Take care!

    • says

      Hola Bonnie :) Looks like we both are, hehe. Ay, si!! Tamales de pavo were one of the best things about the holidays growing up. Your cranberry sauce sounds awesome. Great I’ll look for that. You’ve got my mouth watering :)

  8. says

    That sounds SO good!!! It’s going onto my Pinterest board immediately!
    I don’t have a post of any sauce recipes, but I just posted a recipe for Ruby Chicken that uses cranberry sauce as the base. It’s so good and your version would be deeelicious with it! Here’s the link:
    I also just posted a cake recipe using fresh cranberries that was super yummy.
    And yes, I’m on a cranberry kick this month. :o)

  9. says

    I love cranberry sauce!! Now I’m craving turkey and mashed potatoes…Thanksgiving dinner can’t come faster! This looks like a wonderful recipe for cranberry sauce :)

  10. says

    The North America families often serve cranberry sauce for their TG dinner but I never have any cranberry sauce at my law’s TG dinner. The only thing I have it when I eat out or buy a jar of cranberry sauce :)

  11. says

    Growing up my family loved cranberry sauce and since my mom isn’t the most adventurous cook, canned was the way we had it. In fact my mom served the gelatin one you dislike the looks of and my mother in law prefers the whole cranberries. That said at my thanksgiving table I make homemade and for years would have to serve it with the canned versions as well. Now they have grown accostomed to the fresh.

    Since I don’t have my recipe in front of me for exact measurements I can tell you it’s basic but delicious. It consists of sugar fresh orange juice and fresh cranberries and that’s all. We love it.

    I enjoyed reading this post. Happy early thanksgiving!

  12. says

    Congrats on making Top 9 with this beautiful sauce. I don’t know how I missed it, but I’ve been sick things have been slipping by me. I hope you have a nice weekend~~ Congrats again… the sauce looks amazing. : )

  13. says

    I agree with you one hundred percent — the cranberries that come out of cans look rather unappetizing. I admit, I have tried it, as I like to try everything at least once, but I’m not a fan of the gelly-like texture. Too much goo.
    I enjoy making my own cranberry sauce, usually with orange juice, but I’m excited to try your recipe with merlot instead. Looks delicious!
    Thanks for sharing!! :)

  14. says

    My husband insists on the jellied sauce with the ridges and I like my cranberry sauce to resemble cranberries, so we always have two kinds :) This year I think this will be the one! Adding merlot is a brilliant touch – Congrats on the Top 9!

    • says

      Hehe, sounds like something that my hubby and I would also disagree on :) If you indeed try it out let me know, I’d love to hear your feed back. Thank you sweetie :)

  15. Susan says

    You’re recipe sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing. In my family we had a recipe my grandmother perfected, but we call it cranberry salad and not sauce. So far I’m the only one who’s been able to recreate it, because it’s about the ingredients and process. We NEVER had the canned stuff served! While reading your entry about the canned variety I instantly flashed back to the first time I had Thanksgiving with my husband’s family. We were all sitting down to eat when my mother-in-law realized she had forgotten the cranberries. She came to the table with a bowl and can, opened the can, and plopped this disgusting looking red mass into the bowl. The sickening sound it made coming out, and the way it looked just like the shape of the can, was almost enough to make me hurl right there at the table! So now I make them my family’s cranberry salad every year!!

    • says

      Hi Susan, Your story has me cracking up :) Your description of the sound made me shiver and giggle at the same time. How lucky for your family that you make fresh homemade and on top a family recipe. Have a great weekend!

  16. JR says

    Cranberry Applesauce Butter

    This is a yummy rosy applesauce flavored with jellied cranberry sauce. It’s really simple but amazing !

    1 stick butter, room temperature
    2 cups applesauce from a jar/ can or homemade applesauce plain or spiced ( about 2 cups )
    (if plain applesauce add cinnamon, nutmeg, some sugar, dash lemon juice to taste if desired )
    1, 15 oz can jellied cranberry sauce

    In a sauce pot over med low heat, melt the butter together with the applesauce and jellied cranberry sauce. Stir frequently combine and blend smooth.
    Adjust sweetness and spices to desired taste
    Serve either warm or well chilled

  17. says

    Love fresh sour and bitter cranberries, and cranberry sauce..only thing that I don’t like is juice! Love your little twist would be very festive holiday if this is served:)) Awesome photos as always!!!!

  18. says

    I grew up with that cranberry sauce in a can, so I don’t mind it. I don’t prefer it, but I don’t mind it. I’d definitely take this Merlot Cranberry Sauce over the canned stuff any day though =)

  19. says

    Hey sweetie, congrats on Top9 :) You know, I actually do like the canned stuff…but I never said that ;) I do prefer freshly made of curse and I love yours! Merlot, I am trying to envision the lovely flavors and aroma…beautiful!
    Oh, and thank you so much for adding my baked brie :)


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