Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Honey

Well I said I would be keeping things festive for the next few posts but realistically cranberry sauce can be eaten any time of year, agreed? Added to a chicken and stuffing sandwich,  with Camembert cheese and crackers, the list is exhaustive!  This particular sauce is delicious and is a recipe that my sister Lorna has shared with both me and our brother Mark. It also freezes really well.


  • 4ooml/14fl oz cranberry juice
  • 270g/9.5oz honey
  • 1 tblsp grated orange peel
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tspn grated fresh ginger
  • 3/4 tspn ground coriander
  • 1/2 tspn coarse salt
  • 1/2 tspn ground black pepper
  • 2 whole cloves
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  •  350g/12oz bag of fresh or frozen cranberries


Combine about 350ml/12fl oz of cranberry juice, honey and orange peel in a heavy  saucepan. Bring the mixture to a simmer over a medium heat, stirring until the honey has dissolved. Simmer for a further 4 minutes to ensure that all the flavours have infused. Add the cinnamon stick, bay leaf, ginger, coriander, salt, black pepper, cloves and cayenne pepper; and simmer for a further 2 minutes.

Add the cranberries and simmer until the berries burst and the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally, this should take about 10 to 15 minutes.

Remove from heat and discard the bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Finally mix in the remaining  cranberry juice. Allow to cool and transfer to sterilised jam jars. Once completely cold store in the fridge. I made this a week in advance of Christmas day, the flavours had really infused and it was delicious on the day and the next day in the afore mentioned chicken, stuffing and cranberry sauce sandwich!! Yum! :O)

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2 Responses to Spiced Cranberry Sauce with Honey

  1. This looks really delish. Unfortunately we have no more cranberries in the stores and I forgot to freeze my last bag after making the cranberry liqueur…so sad. But am bookmarking for next season!

    • Rhoda Kirwan says:

      Yes, this one is very seasonal, but my hope was that people would earmark is for next year. However, I am very interested to hear about the cranberry liqueur. Have you posted that, is it one I’ve missed? Apologies if I have. Rx

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