Cran-Elderberry Sauce

Extra antioxidant punch in this twist on a classic holiday side
Servings 10 people
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes


  • 2 packages fresh cranberries About 20-24oz total
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 4 TBSP Carmel Berry Co Elderberry Syrup [BUY NOW]
  • 3 tsp grated orange zest
  • 18 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine (might as well open a bottle of something you’d like to have to finish)


  1. Add all ingredients to a sauce pan (I like to corral the cloves and cinnamon stick in a spice bag or loose tea ball/bag). Bring to a boil (watch so it doesn’t boil over!) then reduce to a simmer. Stir frequently and simmer uncovered for about 15-20 minutes until desired thickness is attained. It will thicken more as it cools. Remove bag of spices and put in fridge until ready to serve. Freezes well too! Thanks to a playdate circa 1973 for this recipe our family has used ever since!