Classic Holiday Cranberry Raspberry Orange Sauce Recipe

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Our homemade Cranberry Raspberry orange Sauce is my go-to secret for transforming ordinary meals into extraordinary culinary delights. Ingredients for this recipe include cranberries, blood oranges or raspberry orange, sugar, water and Spices which is optional.

This Cranberry Orange Raspberry Sauce combines the sweet and zesty taste of orange raspberry with the tartness of cranberries to produce a flavourful Sauce.

Cranberry Raspberry orange ingredients

  • Cranberries: Use fresh or frozen cranberries. I prefer fresh cranberries for my sauce recipe
  • Raspberry oranges: If raspberry oranges or blood oranges, are available in your countries you can use them. However if not available, use individual oranges and raspberries. Can be fresh or frozen.
  • Sugar: use your normal table sugar or a marble syrup. Adjust to your liking.
  • Water: used for cooking the ingredients into a sauce.
  • Optional: Spices (cinnamon, cloves)

How to prepare cranberry orange raspberry juice sauce

For ingredients measurements, see the recipe card below.

To prepare this Cranberry Raspberry and orange juice, you will start by:

Prep your fruits

Wash your cranberries and raspberry oranges thoroughly under a clean running water, to remove dirt and any contamination. Zest and juice your raspberry oranges in a small bowl.

Mix and cook

Place a medium saucepan on medium heat. Combine your ingredients with water, sugar in the sauce pan and cook. Cook the mixture under low heat for 15 minutes until smooth. Stir occasionally until the mixture thickens.

Mash the cranberries until you achieve your desired consistency. Taste the sauce and adjust sweetness as needed. Add your favourite spices for additional flavour.

Cranberry raspberry orange sauce

Cool and serve

Our sauce is now ready. Remove the sauce pan from heat and allow it to cool.

Flavor Enhancements (Optional)

  1. Spices: Add a pinch of cinnamon, a touch of nutmeg, or a hint of cloves. These spices can elevate the sauce’s warmth and depth, complementing the fruity flavors.
  2. Citrus Zest: Incorporate additional citrus zest, like lemon or lime zest, to intensify the citrusy notes in the sauce.
  3. Herbs: Experiment with fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, or mint. These herbs can offer subtle aromatic undertones that complement the fruitiness.
  4. Liqueur: For adult versions, a splash of orange liqueur or raspberry liqueur can add complexity and depth to the sauce.
  5. Vanilla: A touch of pure vanilla extract can provide a delightful undertone of sweetness and enhance the overall flavor profile.
  6. Sweeteners: Adjust the sweetness using honey, brown sugar, or maple syrup for a more nuanced sweetness compared to granulated sugar.

How to store the cranberry raspberry sauce

  1. Refrigeration: Store the cranberry raspberry orange sauce in the refrigerator. It’s essential to refrigerate it promptly after cooling to prevent bacterial growth.
  2. Shelf Life: The sauce can typically be stored in the refrigerator for up to 7-10 days. Make sure to check for any signs of spoilage before using it beyond this time frame.
  3. Freezing (Optional): For longer-term storage, consider freezing the sauce. Allow it to cool completely, then transfer it to freezer-safe containers or resealable freezer bags. Properly stored, it can last in the freezer for up to 2-3 months.

Serving suggestions

  1. Roast Meats: Serve the sauce as a flavorful accompaniment to roasted meats like turkey, chicken, pork, or duck. It pairs wonderfully with the rich flavors of these meats, adding a tangy sweetness.
  2. Cheese Platter: Use the sauce as a unique addition to a cheese platter. It complements various cheeses, especially soft cheeses like Brie or goat cheese, creating a sweet and tangy contrast.
  3. Dessert Toppings: Drizzle the sauce over desserts such as cheesecake, ice cream, panna cotta, or pound cake for a burst of fruity flavor.
  4. Spread or Dip: Use it as a spread for sandwiches, wraps, or as a dip for appetizers like meatballs or cocktail sausages.
  5. Breakfast Treat: Enjoy it as a breakfast condiment alongside pancakes, waffles, or French toast for a fruity twist to your morning meal.
  6. Yogurt Parfait: Layer the sauce with yogurt and granola to create a delicious and colorful parfait.
  7. Mix-in or Filling: Incorporate it into fillings for pastries, tarts, or thumbprint cookies for a burst of fruity goodness.
  8. Cocktail Mixer: Use the sauce as a base for mocktails or cocktails, adding depth and sweetness to your drinks.

Cranberry Raspberry Orange Sauce Recipe

Recipe by GladysCourse: SAUCECuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Here is a yummy cranberry sauce to make at home.


  • 1 cup fresh cranberries

  • 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)

  • Zest and juice of 2 oranges

  • 1 cup sugar (adjust to taste)

  • 1/2 cup water

  • Optional: pinch of cinnamon or cloves for added flavor


  • Preparation: Wash the cranberries and raspberries thoroughly. Zest the oranges and squeeze out their juice.
  • Combine Ingredients: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the cranberries, raspberries, orange zest, orange juice, sugar, and water.
  • Cooking: Stir the mixture and bring it to a boil.
    Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes until the cranberries burst and the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally.
  • Adjusting Consistency and Taste: Mash any whole berries with the back of a spoon or a fork to achieve desired consistency.
    Taste the sauce and adjust sweetness by adding more sugar if needed. If it’s too tart, add a bit more sugar.
  • Optional Spices: If desired, add a pinch of cinnamon or cloves for extra flavor. Stir well.
  • Cooling and Serving: Remove the saucepan from heat and let the sauce cool to room temperature.


  • Storage: Transfer the sauce to a jar or airtight container. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • Serve: Use as a delightful topping for desserts, as a condiment for meats, or as a flavorful addition to your favorite dishes.

If you have tried this Cranberry raspberry orange sauce, let me know in the comment section below.

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