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Lemonade Cranberry Sauce

With just 4 ingredients this is a cinch to make.

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Here’s one of my favorite recipes for cranberry sauce because it’s easy to make, just has a few ingredients and it can be made ahead of time.

And the best part is that it tastes really good.

There are so many fun varieties of cranberry sauce out there.

I like this one because it’s easy and the tart of the lemon tastes great with the cranberries (and sugar of course).

Cranberry sauce is so pretty on the Holiday table too.

It’s such a vibrant color and when served in a cute bowl it almost looks like a decoration on the dinner table.

And it’s the perfect addition to those leftover turkey and stuffing sandwiches.

Here are more recipes with cranberries you may like “Limeade, Cranberry and Blackberry Compote“, “Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Spice” and “Turkey, Cranberry and Cream Cheese Pecan Wrap“.

Let’s check out the ingredients, there are just 4.

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Fresh cranberries, lemon, sugar and water

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

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Start off by rinsing the cranberries and set them aside.

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In a medium size pot, add the water and…

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…sugar.

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Zest a lemon and…

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add the zest to the pot.

TIP – For recipes where both the zest and the juice of a citrus fruit is needed, make sure to first zest the fruit before cutting and juicing it. 

It’s much easier to zest (scraping or cutting from the outer colorful skin of unwaxed citrus fruits) citrus fruits while the skin is still whole.  

So many times I’ve made the mistake of first cutting the citrus fruit and squeezing it to get the juice out before I realized I forgot to zest it.

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Next,

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Add the juice from the lemon.

Heat the pan on low to medium heat and stir.

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When the sugar is completely dissolved,

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add the cranberries.

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Stir and cook for about 10 minutes.

Then, turn the heat way down to the lowest setting.

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Cover the pan and let the cranberries slowly simmer for about 15 minutes or until the desired thickness is reached.

Stir occasionally.

Remove from the heat and let cool.

The sauce should continue to thicken.

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Chill in the refrigerator before serving.

Or, it can also be served warm if preferred.

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Lemonade Cranberry Sauce

Lemonade Cranberry Sauce

With just 4 ingredients this is a cinch to make.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cranberry Sauce
Servings: 6 (Serves about 6)

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (12 ounces) of fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Juice from 1 lemon

Instructions

  • In a medium size pan, add the water, sugar, zest and juice. Heat the pan on low to medium heat.  Stir while it's cooking; let cook until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add the cranberries and stir.  
  • Cook for another 10 minutes and then turn the heat down to the lowest setting.  Cover the pan and let simmer for another 15 to 20 minutes or until the desired thickness is reached.  Stir occasionally. The sauce will thicken as it simmers. Remove from the stove and let cool.
  • Serve chilled or warm.

Notes

TIP:

  1. For recipes where both the zest and the juice of a citrus fruit is needed, make sure to first zest the fruit before cutting and juicing it.  It's much easier to zest (scraping or cutting from the outer colorful skin of unwaxed citrus fruits) citrus fruits while the skin is still whole.
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