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Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce with Fresh Orange

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Cranberry Sauce with Grand Mariner + Orange | Bright, fresh orange and velvety rich Grand Mariner for a robust homemade cranberry sauce that's sure to stand out.

For those unsure about giving up the classic canned cranberry sauce, this grand marnier cranberry sauce is here to change your mind! A combination of whole and chopped cranberries gives it the perfect texture and the grand marnier and fresh orange adds the perfect sweet kick!

cranberry sauce with grand mariner

There is one thing that has always been on my Thanksgiving table, canned cranberry sauce. The fruit jello that binds the sweet with the savory on your Thanksgiving plate. Well, unless you’re part of the crowd that can’t have food touching.

Even with the ridge lines from the can still imprinted on the side of the range gelatinous blob, it still was the part of Thanksgiving looked forward to most.

So then why, you are asking, are you posting this recipe for homemade cranberry sauce? Well, I’ve seen the light.

Long story short, I read a Thanksgiving meal article/interview with Anthony Bourdain and I really dig his show and attitude about food in general. In the article he boasted a big, traditional Thanksgiving Day meal with homemade cranberry sauce as a pivotal ingredient. So, well, poop…let’s go ahead and try it. Results? A-may-zing.

cranberry sauce with grand marnier

After searching the internet, comparing and contrasting recipes and ingredients and textures, and several attempts on the stove, here it is. The turkey day condiment you didn’t know you needed until right this very minute, homemade cranberry sauce with grand mariner and orange.

Cranberry Sauce with Grand Marnier and Orange

There are a few things that set this this sauce apart from its many sisters and brothers out there in the world.

  1. It has booze in it,
  2. that booze is Grand Marnier, and
  3. do you need another reason?

Kidding (mostly).

But seriously, that beautiful orange liqueur adds great depth of orange flavor without the metallic, sticky, orange-flavor you would get from something like Triple Sec. In combination with the orange zest and a little (that term is subjective) sugar, it’s a great balance of zesty citrus, tangy liquor, and tart cranberry.

Grand marnier cranberry sauce that’s about to be best friends with some turkey.

cranberry sauce with grand marnier

Perfect cranberry sauce texture

This certainly can be done without pulsing the whole cranberries, however the combination of puréed cranberries with whole cranberries provides a great contrast of texture.

Pulsing the fresh cranberries with the sugar in the food processor prior to going on the stove top creates a spreadable and slightly crunchy texture that leaves you longing for a leftover turkey sandwich to smother. The whole cranberries invite a burst of zippy, tart cranberry for just the right amount of pucker.

Last of all, like all great recipes, this is easy peasy – pulse, cook, cool and you’re homemade cranberry sauce with grand mariner is ready!

cranberry sauce with grand marnier

Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce with Fresh Orange

Grand Marnier and cranberry come together with tart, fresh cranberries and bright orange zest for a homemade cranberry sauce that's perfect for your Thanksgiving table.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry sauce, grand marnier cranberry sauce, homemade cranberry sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Calories: 535kcal
Author: Lauren


  • 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries reserve 1 cup to add whole cranberries later
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Grand Mariner
  • ½ navel orange zested


  • Set aside 1 cup of whole cranberries. Add the remaining cranberries and sugar to food processor. Pulse until cranberries are in small pieces and sugar is incorporated. Mixture will be a light burgundy color.
  • Combine ingredients from the food processor, orange zest, Grand Marnier and saved whole cranberries in a medium sauce pan.
  • Bring heat to medium-high and cook until mixture starts to bubble, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cook for 1 hour.
  • Transfer cranberry sauce to a heat proof container and cool. Though this can be served immediately, the texture is best if refrigerated for at least 3 hours before serving.


Calories: 535kcal | Carbohydrates: 137g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 601mg | Fiber: 32g | Sugar: 81g | Vitamin A: 437IU | Vitamin C: 97mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg



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Monday 3rd of December 2018

This is delicious! I want to give jars to my family at Christmas. How long will a refrigerated container last?


Tuesday 4th of December 2018

If it's kept refrigerated, it should last 10-12 days. So glad you loved it!


Sunday 12th of November 2017

Haven't made it yet, but when does the orange zest come in???


Sunday 12th of November 2017

Thank you for catching that! You should add the zest along with the Grand Mariner to the saucepan in step 2. Hope you love it!