Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Angie Mosier
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
8 Hours 35 Mins
Makes about 3 1/2 cups

You can keep this reader recipe on hand up to 3 weeks, so it's great for leftovers. Serve it chilled or at room temperature.

How to Make It

Step 1

Stir together sugar, port, and 3/4 cup water in a heavy 3-qt. saucepan until blended. Add cranberries; bring to a boil, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring often, 8 to 10 minutes or until cranberry skins begin to split. Remove from heat, and let cool 15 minutes.

Step 2

Pulse cranberry mixture in a food processor 3 to 4 times or until cranberries are almost pureed; stir in orange liqueur. Cover and chill 8 hours before serving. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container up to 3 weeks.

Step 3

Note: We tested with Grand Marnier for orange liqueur.

Ratings & Reviews

ubee1209's Review

November 25, 2011
This delicious and easy-to-make recipe is a winner! Made this for the first time this year and it was incredible. Shared the extra I made with a neighbor the night before Thanksgiving - she called me as I walked back into my house and said that she just had to try it immediately, that the sauce was "divine" and that it probably wouldn't make it to Thanksgiving dinner. What a compliment!!!

Jetpuffed's Review

November 24, 2011

llawrence1970's Review

November 15, 2011
Love this recipe...unique and fun and very good with turkey!

LouiesMom's Review

November 24, 2011
This cranberry sauce is fabulous and will be our Thanksgiving standard from now on. It's the perfect sweet/tart combination. The port and orange liqueur add just the right amount of flavor without overpowering the sauce. The consistency is perfect as well. I’ve tried any homemade cranberry sauce recipes over the years, but this beats them all. My family loved it!

traildrifter2's Review

November 27, 2013
This is so so.. I made it exactly to the recipe using Grand Marnier. To me it was a bit to sweet. I would not make it again. Not necessarily a bad thing, but you could still taste the alcohol / wine in the finished recipe.

julieburck's Review

November 25, 2012
Couldn't find my usual recipe so I tried this instead. It was good, but not the best I've ever made. Very soupy. Didn't thicken well. Needed to drain off extra liquid. Not sure why. Just seemed very ordinary to me. No better than the recipe on the back of the cranberry package. And I bought a bottle of port just to make this.

MichelleQuijano's Review

November 18, 2012