Cranberry sauce with grapefruit, orange, and cinnamon

The perfect Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is an often overlooked condiment at the holiday table. I confess that I didn’t start eating it until I was in my 20’s.  As a kid I stayed far away from that gelatinous red blob in the shape of a can. I thankfully found the amazingness that is fresh Cranberry sauce and a small obsession was born.

Cranberry sauce

When done correctly Cranberry sauce is tangy, sweet, and full of flavor.  And it’s great for more than just plopping next to your helping of turkey during the holidays (or on your turkey sandwich the days following thanksgiving).

I adore adding it to my cheese plates. It works wonderfully with brie and  salty crackers.

The recipe below is a little different than your traditional cranberry sauce because of the use of grapefruit and mandarin oranges. I love the extra depth and tang the citrus gives and balances out with the addition of brown sugar and cinnamon stick.


Cranberry Sauce

Tangy and sweet, this cranberry sauce is infused with citrus fruits to explode with flavor and make your mouth water.

  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
  • Cuisine: American, Holiday


Units Scale
  • 12 oz Bag Cranberries (Rinsed)
  • 2 Large Grapefruits – Jucied (Approx 3/4 cup)
  • 2 Mandarin oranges- Jucied
  • 1 Can Mandarin oranges (Drained)
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Pinch Salt


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pot and heat over Med-high heat.
  2. Stir occasionally and allow to bubble down. The berries will pop open and the sauce will thicken. This take about 30 minutes.
  3. Allow sauce to cool slightly before serving. 
  4. Refrigerate any unused sauce, it should keep for a week in the fridge.


  • Calories: 113

Keywords: cranberry, cranberry sauce, Gluten free

The perfect Cranberry sauce
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Alycia Louise
Alycia has worked in the food industry for over 10 years. She lives in the PNW with her husband and three dogs. Her likes include coffee, rainy days and horror movies.
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