Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce

This Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce is an amazingly delicious side dish that is quick to throw together in less than 30 minutes! With tart and sweet flavors complementing each other beautifully, I don’t know why we haven’t made it this way before.
Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce WhatsInThePanFresh berries are simmered with orange juice and Grand Marnier and within 15 minutes become a jammy sauce full of tart, juicy berries. Just beautiful!
Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce WhatsInThePanI’m not sure about you, but in my family cranberry sauce has always been an afterthought kind of thing. We always had it on our holiday table, but sort of jammed it onto our plates after they were already full with all the other good stuff.¬† It was always more of a runner up to all the other dishes on the table. I have a vague idea that this will not be the case any more. From now on this Cranberry Grand Marnier Sauce will claim its long deserved rightful spot on our holiday table!
Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce WhatsInThePan 30 minute recipeThis Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce can be made up to three days ahead up. I actually found that it tastes much better if made ahead and allowed to sit in the refrigerator for at least one day.
Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce WhatsInThePanWouldn’t you say it’s a cranberry cocktail cleverly disguised as a holiday table side dish? I really like the taste of liquor in this sauce. You can definitely taste Grand Marnier and orange flavors against tartness of cranberries.
Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce WhatsInThePanI cannot wait to have more of this in the weeks to come!

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Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce Holiday Recipe
Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

A new favorite side dish for your Holiday Table!

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Olya at Whatsinthepan
  • 2 bags cranberries, fresh or frozen (12 oz each)
  • 1.5 cups cane sugar
  • 4 tbsp Grand Marnier or Cognac
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp zest of fresh orange
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, sugar, and orange juice.

  2. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer, and cook, stirring often until syrupy, 10 minutes.

  3. Add 4 tbsp Grand Mariner and orange zest. Continue to cook on low heat for 10 more minutes.

  4. Remove from heat and serve with freshly grated orange zest.

Recipe Notes

Can be made up to 3 days ahead.

Adding orange zest at the end is a decoration suggestion and is optional.

6 thoughts on “Grand Marnier Cranberry Sauce”

  1. hello this looks amazing and I am definitely going to make it for Christmas. what is the longest it can stay in refridgerator if we dont use it all Christmas dinner. could it stay a week? thank you

    1. Lorenza, it will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks in the air tight container. It can even be frozen for 1-2 months. Just make sure to put it in the fridge within an hour (don’t let it sit on the table at room temperature for more than an hour – to keep it fresher longer).

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