This is a simple version of cranberry sauce, that only takes about 20 minutes to make.  It’s tart without being overwhelming.


12 oz package of fresh cranberries
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice concentrate
1/4 cup Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
1-2 tsp vanilla

How I made it:

Rinse and drain the cranberries.  Combine the water and sugar in a heavy saucepan, then bring to a boil.  Stir to dissolve the sugar completely.  Continue until the sugar syrup is clear.

Turn down the heat, to medium high.  Add the cranberries, stirring to coat all the berries.  Add the lemon juice and liqueur, stirring to combine.  Cook on medium high heat for 15 minutes, until berries skins have split and the cranberries are soft.  Add the vanilla and stir again.

Remove the berries with a slotted spoon.  Serve warm or cold.  Reserve the sweetened cranberry syrup for another use.

How it turned out:

Refreshing and interesting, especially with the traditional holiday meal.