Cranberry Sauce with Apricots, Raisins, and Orange

As our Thanksgiving is nearing, my mind is already working on bringing colorful and delicious dishes to our table.

Cranberry Sauce With Apricots, Raisins And Orange

Our Chestnut stuffed Turkey will again take center stage this year.  However, the side dishes are as important as the turkey itself.

This is the simplest recipe yet so full of flavor.

A perfect complement to your turkey.  The pairing of the sweetness of the apricots and raising with the bitter bite of the cranberries just burst into your mouth and you cannot get enough.

Ready in less than 20 minutes, it will store well in your refrigerator for a couple of months.

Think of all the fantastic sandwiches you can make with it after the holidays.

Make a couple of days before Thanksgiving as only it has to be cooled to bind well together, it stores well too.

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Suggestions for the leftovers (if you have some)

  • I love to warm up the cranberry sauce and pour it over vanilla ice cream. A bit different but so yummy.
  • Try it as a jam in the morning with your English muffin or Sourdough bread.
  • Peanut butter sandwich with cranberry sauce. You will love it.
  • Turkey slices or ham, Swiss cheese, and Cranberry sauce in a warm croissant. Spread some mustard and mayo, and you have a fantastic lunch.

You may also want to add.

With this recipe, you can let your imagination go wild and add your favorite spice, candied fruits to give it your own holiday spin.

However, this recipe can be enjoyed all year long.

  • Cardamon will give it a nice bite to it
  • Candied pineapples chopped in small chunks
  • Add a cinnamon stick while cooking. Remove after the cranberry is cooled off.
  • Half of a pear or apple cut in large chunks
  • Ginger: powder or crystals chopped fine. Ginger can be a bit overpowering as a flavor, thus, caution when adding and do it slowly by steps.
  • Brandy, Bourbon, Whiskey, Calvados, pick one of your favorites
  • Dark rum with candied pineapples and cinnamon will give it a fantastic Caribbean flavor to it
Cranberry Sauce With Apricots, Raisins And Orange

Cranberry Sauce with Apricots, Raisins, and Orange

5 from 15 votes
Cranberry sauce with apricots, raisins, and orange
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 cups
As our Thanksgiving is nearing, my mind is already at work on bringing colorful and delicious dishes to our Thanksgiving table.


  • 4 cups cranberries
  • 1 cup apricots, chopped
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tbsp orange peel
  • 2 cups sugar


  • Combine all ingredients in a heavy large saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat, cover, and boil cranberries pop, stirring occasionally about 8 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a bowl, cover, and refrigerate until cold (mixture will thicken as it cools)
  • Can be made 4 days ahead. Keep chilled.


Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 579mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 930IU | Vitamin C: 51.4mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1.2mg

Giangi’s Kitchen provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as a registered dietician does not calculate them.

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Originally published on October 31, 2020, updated on November 13, 2021