Cabernet Cranberry and Currant Sauce

Cabernet Cranberry and Currant Sauce – Make your own EASY homemade cranberry sauce in 30 minutes!! It’ll be the star side dish of your holiday meal! Cranberries are so much BETTER with wine!!

I have a recipe for Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce that’s been insanely popular over the years.

It’s a reader favorite and every year around the holidays I receive glowing comments and emails saying how that cranberry sauce was the star of their holiday meal or they make a double batch every year because it’s so good or that everyone wanted to know where they got the recipe.

With praise like that, I had to put a fun twist on that family favorite and did so by pairing fresh cranberries with cinnamon, cloves, cabernet, and for a new twist I used Hero Red Currant Fruit Spread.

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There are no artificial flavors, colors, ingredients, high fructose corn syrup, or preservatives. It makes me feel good I’m serving my family and friends the very best in quality and taste. Spreading the goodness over the holiday season. Find it in the jam aisle of your local markets including Shop Rite, H.E.B, Harris Teeter, Stop & Shop, ACME, King Kullen, Price Chopper and Key Foods. Check out their recipe page for fun recipes you can create.

This homemade cranberry sauce is supremely easy, ready in 30 minutes, and you’ll never need (or want) to use the canned stuff again. Simply add everything to a pot, stir intermittently, and 30 minutes later, you’ve got a rich sauce with supreme flavor. 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.

The cranberry sauce is like drinking wine and eating jam all in one, with texture, sweetness, tartness, and juicy berries in full force. The Hero Red Currant Fruit Spread adds a perfect amount of sweetness and interesting depth of flavor to the cranberry sauce. Optionally add blueberries for even more flavor complexity.

If you’re into wine, you’re going to go head over heels for this sauce. Use your favorite cabernet or other red like merlot or shiraz.

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.

Many people have asked over the years about canning this recipe, or shall I say the recipe it’s adapted from, and I haven’t and cannot give the particulars, but I know it has been done successfully and if you’re a canner, you’ll likely know how long to process it and so forth.

Yield: about 20 ounces

Cabernet Cranberry and Currant Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Cabernet Cranberry and Currant Sauce - Make your own EASY homemade cranberry sauce in 30 minutes!! It'll be the star side dish of your holiday meal! Cranberries are so much BETTER with wine!!


  • 12 ounces bag fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 4-ounces fresh or frozen blueberries, optional (no need to thaw, add straight from freezer)
  • 1 cup cabernet sauvignon (or shiraz, merlot, or a favorite red wine)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup Hero Red Currant Fruit Spread
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons cinnamon, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves, or to taste


  1. To a high-sided medium/large stockpot, add all ingredients, and bring to a rolling boil, stirring intermittently. Make sure pot 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 the 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. Sauce will keep airtight in the refrigerator for at least 2 weeks.

Adapted from Cabernet Cranberry and Blueberry Sauce

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 56Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g

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