Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce – Sweet and tangy cranberry sauce with apple cider. An easy side dish made in just minutes that’s perfect for Thanksgiving!
Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving. Although I love the dinner rolls too, nothing can really top the cranberry sauce for me. Usually we just have the stuff straight out of the can but I decided to try making it myself this year and it turned out fantastic. The addition of apple cider and apples worked so well with the tart cranberries and the whole recipe takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. I suggest making it ahead of time and chilling until ready to serve.
This post is originally from 2016 (one of my very first posts) with photos updated in 2020. I left one of the original pictures so you can see it if you are curious but I think the new pictures do the cranberry sauce justice for how good it really looks in person!
Common Questions About Making Cranberry Sauce
What is cranberry sauce good for?
The holidays! Cranberry sauce isn’t generally something people eat as a part of a regular meal but it is a very popular side dish for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
How do you make cranberry sauce from scratch?
Making cranberry sauce is very easy, simply bring fresh cranberries and any other ingredients that the recipe calls for (this one has cinnamon, apple cider, apples, and brown sugar in it) and cook for about 15 minutes.
Is cranberry sauce served hot or cold?
Cranberry sauce is usually served as a cold dish.
What can I serve with cranberry sauce with?
f you are serving hash brown casserole as a part of a holiday meal, here are some of my favorite other dishes –
- Slow Cooker Turkey Breast
- Honey Mustard Ham
- Instant Pot Creamed Corn
- Instant Pot Glazed Carrots
- Slow Cooker Hash Brown Casserole
- Skillet Cornbread
- Instant Pot Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Pumpkin Roll Trifle
- 4 cups fresh cranberries
- 2 cups apples, diced
- 3/4 cup apple cider
- 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- In a medium sized pot, combine all ingredients.
- Turn burner to medium heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the cranberries become soft, stirring occasionally.
- Take pot off burner and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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