Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce

Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce — Move over boring cranberry sauce! Cranberries are so much better with blueberries and wine! Make your own fresh cranberry and blueberry sauce in 30 minutes. It’s so EASY, and everyone LOVES it!!

Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce - Make your own cranberry sauce with amazing depth of flavor in 30 minutes!! Easy recipe that everyone LOVES!!

The BEST Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Drinking wine and eating jam are two things I’m great at. Doing them under the guise of ‘cranberry sauce’ is the best idea I’ve had for elevating cranberry sauce from a side dish to a starring dish.

I love fresh cranberry sauce, but I never make it with just cranberries. Too boring. I add pineapple and mango, or work in oranges and ginger. This year, I doctored up the cranberries with cabernet sauvignon and blueberries, and this blend is my favorite ever. I had to refrain from eating the whole batch in a day. So good.

This cranberry blueberry sauce is like drinking wine and eating jam all in one, with texture, sweetness, tartness, and juicy berries in full force.

If you’ve never made cranberry sauce using fresh cranberries and your only experience with it is from a can, and you think you ‘don’t like cranberries’, I don’t blame you. That’s like saying you don’t like cheese if your only experience has been eating Cheeze Whiz. There’s just no comparison.

Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce - Make your own cranberry sauce with amazing depth of flavor in 30 minutes!! Easy recipe that everyone LOVES!!

Fresh cranberry sauce is supremely easy to make, and I always wonder why people buy it in cans or containers. From start to finish, it takes 30 minutes, and all you need to do is toss everything into a kettle, stir intermittently, and a half hour later, you’ve got rich sauce with supreme depth of flavor.

If you’re into wine, you’re going to go head over heels for this sauce. While it simmers, the scent of the wine reducing with the cinnamon and berries is heavenly. You don’t need scented candles with this simmering.

As I was shoveling it by the spoonful, I kept thinking how many great antioxidants I was getting from the blueberries and all those great heart-healthy flavonoids found in red wine, and what a great service I was doing my body. Right.

Since I rarely eat turkey, or stuffing, and I’ve never been into mashed potatoes or gravy, and usually most vegetables are way too mushy and overcooked for my taste, Thanksgiving has never been a meal I look forward to, with the exception of the cranberry sauce.

You can have your turkey, stuffing, and everything else. I’m having this. And pie.

Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce - Make your own cranberry sauce with amazing depth of flavor in 30 minutes!! Easy recipe that everyone LOVES!!

Cranberry Blueberry Sauce Ingredients 

To make this fresh cranberry sauce with blueberries, you’ll need: 

  • Fresh cranberries 
  • Frozen blueberries
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • Granulated sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground cloves 

Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce - Make your own cranberry sauce with amazing depth of flavor in 30 minutes!! Easy recipe that everyone LOVES!!

How to Make Cranberry Sauce From Scratch

When I say this cranberry and blueberry sauce recipe is easy, I mean it. Simply toss all the ingredients into a large pot and bring to a rolling boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and allow it to simmer until it’s thickened up (about 20 to 30 minutes). 

Transfer the fresh cranberry sauce to heat-safe jars and allow to cool to room temperature before storing them in the fridge. This cranberry blueberry sauce will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks in the fridge. 

What Type of Wine Should I Use? 

I used two-buck Chuck (Trader Joe’s Charles Shaw $2.49 cabernet), but any type of merlot, shiraz, or your favorite red will work.

Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce - Make your own cranberry sauce with amazing depth of flavor in 30 minutes!! Easy recipe that everyone LOVES!!

Can I Omit the Wine Altogether? 

Not into wine? You can use water, but that defeats the purpose and the flavor will not be nearly as rich and robust. I don’t know how much alcohol cooks off and how much doesn’t.

I would surmise most is cooked off, but it’s your call if this is appropriate for you or your family members. I put it into the same category as beer bread. There’s not enough and it’s stretched over too many servings, and it’s heated anyway, so no one will be catching a buzz from cranberries. Darn.

Can You Can Cranberry Blueberry Sauce?

This fresh cranberry sauce recipe is a repost from 2014, and I have been asked that many times. I’ve never personally canned this cabernet cranberry and blueberry sauce, but there are people who have, and they’re written about what they did in the comments. If that’s something that interests you, I encourage you to read over the older comments and put your canning expertise to work.

Chances are, if you’re asking about canning this cranberry sauce, then you know how to can. I am not an expert in canning and haven’t dabbled with it with this recipe. I have, however, stored this in the fridge for about 10 days and it was fine. The wine naturally preserves things in my non-scientific opinion, but always use your best judgment.

Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce - Make your own cranberry sauce with amazing depth of flavor in 30 minutes!! Easy recipe that everyone LOVES!!

Tips for Making Fresh Cranberry Sauce

As you know, I used fresh cranberries and frozen blueberries to make this homemade cranberry sauce (no need to thaw the blueberries first). But if you have a mixed berry blend with blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries, that would be lovely, too.

When making this easy cranberry sauce, I added a generous sprinkle of both cinnamon and cloves, which really adds extra flavor and the warming notes of the spices play off the wine. The cinnamon is quite noticeable, and if you’re not a cinnamon fan you may want to reduce the one tablespoon I used down to one teaspoon. Same goes with the cloves. Cut it in half if you don’t want it to be as boldly flavored.

Finally, make sure to use a large pot when making this cranberry sauce. The pot should be large enough for the sauce to triple in size. The juices from the berries release and as the mixture boils rapidly, it will foam and a too-small pot will easily overflow.

Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce - Move over boring cranberry sauce! Cranberries are so much better with blueberries and wine! Make your own sauce in 30 minutes, so EASY, and everyone LOVES it!!

Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce

Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce

Move over boring cranberry sauce! Cranberries are so much better with blueberries and wine! Make your own fresh cranberry and blueberry sauce in 30 minutes. It's so EASY, and everyone LOVES it!!

Yield: 20 ounces
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 31 minutes

Ingredients

  • one 8-ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • 6-ounces frozen blueberries (about 1 1/2 cups), unthawed
  • 1 cup cabernet sauvignon (or shiraz, merlot, or a favorite red wine)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves, or to taste

Instructions

    1. Combine all ingredients in a medium to large kettle, and bring to a rolling boil, stirring intermittently. Make sure kettle has room for sauce to at least triple in volume. The juices from the berries release and as the mixture boils rapidly, it will foam and a too-small pot will easily overflow.
    2. Reduce heat to low and allow sauce to simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, or until reduced and thickened slightly, and most of the cranberries have burst. Sauce will thicken more as it cools.
    3. Transfer to heat-safe jars or containers with lids. Allow sauce to cool at room temperature before refrigerating.

Notes

Sauce will keep airtight in the refrigerator for at least 2 weeks.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

20

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 58 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 1mg Carbohydrates: 13g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 11g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g

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Originally posted November 2014 and reposted November 2019 with updated text.

377 comments on “Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce”

  1. Can you use dried cranberries ?

  2. I love this recipe and make it every year for Thanksgiving. This year I am pregnant and concerned about using the wine. I know you wrote that you could substitute water, but do you think it would also work to substitute orange juice? Trying to think of an option that won’t limit the flavor. Thanks!

    Rating: 5
  3. DELICIOUS. The best “cranberry sauce” I ever tasted as well as one of the best ever recipes I have made. With the compliments of blueberries and flavors in the wine, I used Yellow Tail™shiraz, put this sauce over the top for flavor. My husband’s response was “YUM” and he’s not a fan of cranberry sauce. My only additions were a scant pinch of salt and a slice of lemon, but a personal preference as what have always added to my regular cranberry sauce, while delicious following your recipe. I will share with others and hope your readers try it. Thank you for a really great recipe. Kudos to you for creativity.

    Rating: 5
  4. Have you ever tried canning this? My family loves it

    Rating: 5
  5. I can’t believe you just posted this!! I just made my list of holiday gifts and had to make this one again – I received so many compliments when I made it two years ago. This year, I’ll use mixed berries. Thanks again for another awesome recipe!!

    Rating: 5
  6. Why do you suggest frozen blueberries? Can I use fresh blueberries?

  7. I’ve made this the past few years and it is AWESOME! I eat it warm out of the pan when it’s done:) This year I am using pinot noir instead of cab….can’t wait to taste it!

    Rating: 5
  8. Thank you for the great recipe! It turned out great!

    Rating: 5
  9. I take cranberry sauce every year to a holiday party because only a couple of other people and I like it. I experiment sometimes and sometime I take a can. Made this this year. I used Cupcake Red Velvet red blend. This sauce is super DELICIOUS!!!! I’m not sure I made enough. I think everyone is going to love it. Best ever!

    Rating: 5

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