Cranberry Sauce with Cinnamon Sticks

Cabernet Cranberry Sauce

  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15


A delicious and easy cranberry sauce that will leave your family and friends requesting it over and over again.


  • 12 oz. Bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup Cabernet wine
  • 1/2 cup Orange juice (or 1/3 cup lemon juice)
  • 1/2 cup Honey (or more depending on taste–or 1 cup sugar)
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne
  • 1 Cinnamon stick
  • 2 TB Orange zest (or lemon zest)
  • 1/4 cup of cold Water


  1. – In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the wine, zest, juice, honey, spices, and cranberries and bring to a simmer.
  2. – Wait for the berries to finish popping (about 10 minutes). The sauce should be thickening.
  3. – When the popping stops, turn off the heat and add 1/4 cup of cold water. Stir the sauce after a couple minutes, then remove the cinnamon stick and allow to cool.
  4. – I prefer this chilled, so I usually make this a day ahead of the fest and keep it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


  • *I’m allergic to oranges which is why I have the option of lemon juice/zest. If you’re not allergic to oranges, please use those for the best taste!


  • Serving Size: 6