This mint-infused orange cranberry sauce is a delicious and beautiful addition to the holiday table.

Mint-Infused Cranberry Sauce

Homemade cranberry sauce is easy to make, and I especially like that it can be made ahead of time.

Anything that can be made ahead of time for a holiday dinner is definitely a plus.

Time can go by so fast when making a number of dishes for a special meal.

This cranberry sauce is made with orange zest, orange juice and sprigs of fresh mint.

About this Recipe

While the cranberries are cooking, the mint is added to the pot just long enough to give the sauce a subtle mint flavor.

Then the mint sprigs are removed.

The cranberry sauce has a wonderful tart, sweet, light mint and fresh orange flavor.

Mint Infused Cranberry Sauce in bowl

Jellied vs. Whole Cranberry Sauce

The cranberries in this recipe are for the most part, still whole as opposed to “jellied” cranberry sauce.

The difference between whole and jellied cranberry sauce is that the jellied sauce is cooked longer until the berries are broken down (no longer whole).

Whole cranberry sauce has a soft texture with a little liquid, and jellied cranberry sauce has a firmer texture similar to Jello.

Mint Infused Orange Cranberry Sauce

This cranberry sauce is cooked for just a short time so that when it reduces, there’s still liquid in the mixture.

And as the cranberry sauce cools, it firms up just a bit.

Mint Infused Cranberry Sauce in bowl

Serve this cranberry sauce chilled, at room temperature or warm.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Cranberry sauce ingredients

Fresh cranberries, fresh mint, an orange, water and granulated sugar

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

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

Preparation:

Rinsed cranberries in colander

Rinse the cranberries in a colander and set aside.

Orange zest on plate

Zest a large orange and set aside the zest.

Then cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice from the orange into a pourable measuring cup or small bowl and set aside.

Simple Syrup:

Add water to pot

To a medium-size pot, add water

Add sugar to pot

…granulated sugar

Add orange zest to pot

Add orange zest to pot

orange zest and…

Add orange juice to pot

…fresh orange juice (from the orange that was zested).

Stir orange simple syrup in pot

Heat the pot on medium heat and stir.

Stir orange simple syrup in pot

Stir as the mixture heats.

Stir orange simple syrup in pot

Bring the mixture to a low boil.

Cook orange simple syrup in pot

When the sugar dissolves, turn the heat down to low.

Cranberries:

Add fresh cranberries to pot

To the pot, using a large spoon, carefully add the cranberries.

Add fresh cranberries to pot

Stir cranberries in pot

Stir and…

Cook cranberries in pot

…turn the heat up to medium heat.

The cranberries should start to pop.

Mint:

Add fresh mint to pot of cranberries

To the pot, 

Cranberries and mint in pot

…add 5 small sprigs of fresh mint (including the stems and leaves).

Cranberry Sauce:

Stir cranberries in pot

Stir.

Stir cranberries in pot

TIP – If the liquid begins to foam and rise like in the picture above, turn the heat down just a bit.

Stir cranberries in pot

Continue to stir and when the cranberries start to boil,

Stir cranberries in pot

 …turn the heat down to a low simmer.

Cooked cranberries in pot

Continue to stir until the liquid starts to reduce (about 5 minutes).

When there’s still some liquid in the pan, turn off the heat and…

Cooked whole cranberries in pot

…move the pan onto an unused burner on the stove, or on a heat resistant surface or hot pad.

Cranberry sauce in bowl sage on plate

Transfer the cranberry sauce to a medium size bowl

Using tongs, remove the sprigs of mint from the cranberry sauce and discard them.

TIP – As the cranberry sauce cools, it should set and thicken up just a bit.

Mint infused cranberry sauce in bowl

I like to cook the cranberry sauce up to the point to where it’s still a little saucy…

Mint Infused Orange Cranberry Sauce

…because as it cools, it generally thickens up a little.

Let the cranberry sauce cool to room temperature.

Garnish and Serve:

Mint infused cranberry sauce in bowl

Garnish with small quarter pieces of a fresh orange

Mint Infused Orange Cranberry Sauce

…and sprigs of mint (optional).

Cranberry sauce with orange in bowl

Serve chilled, at room temperature or warm.

Mint Infused Orange Cranberry Sauce

Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Mint infused cranberry sauce on spoon

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Mint infused cranberry sauce on spoon

Mint-Infused Cranberry Sauce with Orange

This mint-infused orange cranberry sauce is a delicious and beautiful addition to the holiday table.
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Ingredients

Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 whole large orange zested and juiced

Cranberry Sauce:

  • Simple syrup with orange zest and juice
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) fresh cranberries
  • 5 small sprigs of fresh mint (including the stems and leaves) rinsed

Garnish:

  • small sprigs of fresh mint
  • 1 small orange - 1 or 2 small quarters

Instructions

Preparation:

  • Rinse the cranberries in a colander and set aside.
  • Zest a large orange and set aside the zest. Then cut the orange in half and squeeze the juice from the orange into a pourable measuring cup or small bowl and set aside.

Simple Syrup:

  • To a medium-size pot, add water, granulated sugar, orange zest and fresh orange juice (from the orange that was zested).
  • Heat the pot on medium heat and stir.
  • Stir as the mixture heats. Bring the mixture to a low boil. When the sugar dissolves, turn the heat down to low.

Cranberries:

  • To the pot, using a large spoon, carefully add the cranberries.
  • Stir and turn the heat up to medium heat. The cranberries should start to pop.

Mint:

  • To the pot, add 5 sprigs of fresh mint (including the stems and leaves).

Cranberry Sauce:

  • Stir as the cranberry sauce cooks. If the liquid begins to foam and rise, turn the heat down just a bit.
  • Continue to stir and when the cranberries start to boil, turn the heat down to a low simmer.
  • Continue to stir until the liquid starts to reduce (about 5 minutes).
    When there's still some liquid in the pan, turn off the heat and move the pan onto an unused burner on the stove, or on a heat resistant surface or hot pad.
  • Transfer the cranberry sauce to a medium size bowl. Using tongs, remove the sprigs of mint from the cranberry sauce and discard them.
  • Before chilling the cranberry sauce in the refrigerator, let it cool to room temperature (about 1-1/2 hours).
  • As the cranberry sauce cools, it should set and thicken.

Garnish and Serve:

  • Serve chilled, at room temperature or warm.
  • Garnish with small quarter pieces of a fresh orange and sprigs of mint (optional).
  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Notes

TIPS:

  1. When cooking the cranberries, if the liquid begins to foam and rise, turn the heat down just a bit.
  2. As the cranberry sauce cools, it should set and thicken.

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Whole Cranberry Sauce with Blueberries and Lime

Cranberry Sauce with Orange and Spice

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