Apple Cranberry Sauce

12 oz whole cranberries
1 small apple, peeled and diced (I used Stayman Winesap)
1 cup water
2/3 cup sugar
juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons rye or bourbon

Bring the cranberries, water, apple, sugar and lemon juice to a boil. Reduce heat then simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, stir in rye. Serve hot or cold.

My thoughts:

I think I must make cranberry sauce more often than anyone on the planet. My husband really likes it and we make it many times over the whole year. I stock up on cranberries when they are cheap and then freeze them. Anyway, I make cranberry sauce so often, it is some times a challenge to keep it interesting. Sometimes it is easy when I have a flavor theme for the meal in mind but let’s face it, more often I am serving it with a plain old roasted chicken or turkey. In this case, I added one of my favorite apples to the mix and enjoyed it so much, I thought I’d post it. The apple got soft but held its shape well. I really liked the contrast between the flavors and textures, cranberry sauce can be a bit one dimensional.


  1. Beth (jamandcream)

    I love cranberry sauce – looks like a lovely version

  2. I have never tried cranberries with apples…will have to give this one a try. Happy Holidays!

  3. Love this all natural version of apple cranberry sauce. Will need to figure out how to make it virgin for the kiddies!

    – Ashley,