Cranberry Amaretto Sauce

Updated: Dec 15, 2020

Easy to make Cranberry Sauce with fresh fruits, amaretto, ginger, and more!

Prep time: None

Cooking time: less than 25 minutes

Yields 2.5 cups of sauce

Gluten/Soy/Dairy free and Vegan/Vegetarian

Looking for a delicious new recipe for cranberry sauce? Look no more! This easy to make Cranberry Amaretto sauce is full of Holiday flavors and packs a wee punch!

Made with fresh fruits, spices, and amaretto...this sauce will become a favorite at your Holiday celebrations!

What is the flavor profile?

A combination or sweet and tart with soft almond notes from the Amaretto.

What ingredients will I need to make this?

fresh cranberries, fresh raspberries, orange juice, the zest of an orange, granulated sugar, ginger powder, black pepper, fresh mint and Amaretto. I use Di Amore Amaretto for this recipe.

What else will I need to make this?

A saucepan, a wooden spoon, and measuring cups.

What is Cranberry Sauce?

Cranberry sauce or cranberry jam is a sauce or relish made out of cranberries, commonly served as a condiment or a side dish with Thanksgiving dinner in North America and Christmas dinner in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. There are differences in flavor depending on the geography of where the sauce is made: in Europe it is generally slightly sour-tasting, while in North America it is typically more heavily sweetened.

History of the Cranberry Sauce

The recipe for cranberry sauce appears in the 1796 edition of The Art of Cookery by Amelia Simmons, the first known cookbook authored by an American.

Although the Pilgrims may have been aware of the wild cranberries growing in the Massachusetts Bay area, sugar was scarce, so it's unlikely that cranberry sauce would have been among the dishes served at the First Thanksgiving meal. Cranberries aren't mentioned by any primary sources for the First Thanksgiving meal. The only foods mentioned are "Indian corn", wild turkey and waterfowl, and venison. The rest remains a matter of speculation among food historians. Although stuffings are not mentioned in primary sources, it was a common way to prepare birds for the table in the 17th century. According to a "Thanksgiving Primer" published by the Plymoth Plantation, cranberries may have been used in the stuffing recipes, but it's unlikely they would have been made into a sauce because sugar was very scarce.

Cranberry sauce was first offered to consumers in North America in 1912 in Hanson, Massachusetts. Canned cranberry sauce appeared on the market in 1941, allowing the product to be sold year-round. Cranberry sauce can be used with a variety of meats, including turkey, pork, chicken, and ham.

What is Amaretto?

Amaretto (Italian for "a little bitter") is a sweet Italian liqueur that originated in Saronno.

While originally flavored from bitter almonds, various modern commercial brands are prepared from a base of apricot stones, peach stones, or almonds, all of which are natural sources of the benzaldehyde that provides the principal almond-like flavor of the liqueur. It generally contains 21-28% alcohol by volume.

When served as a beverage, amaretto can be drunk by itself, used as an ingredient to create several popular mixed drinks, or added to coffee. Amaretto is also commonly used in culinary applications.

Where can I get Amaretto?

You can order it online, depending on your country's and/or state's regulations, or find it at your local wine shop.

Can I make substitutions?

Yes. You can substitute the Amaretto with Amaretto Flavoring.

You can also use strawberries instead of raspberries.

Are there other Thanksgiving Recipes on this website?

Yes...visit the Thanksgiving tab found in the "Recipes" section for more recipes.

Are there other Christmas Recipes on this website as well?

Yes...visit the Christmas tab found in the "Recipes" section for more recipes.


  • 1 pound of fresh cranberries (16 ounces)

  • 1 cup of fresh raspberries

  • 1.5 cups of freshly squeezed orange juice

  • 2 teaspoons of ginger powder

  • 1/4 cup of Amaretto

  • 1/2 to 1 cup of granulated sugar

  • zest of one orange

  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper

  • fresh mint for garnish


  1. Combine all ingredients but the white sugar and Amaretto in a saucepan at medium heat.

  2. Mix well and bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce heat to low and add white sugar and Amaretto. Stir gently. You do not want to pop all the cranberries.

  4. Cook for 10 minutes at low heat. Taste for sugar. Add more if needed.

  5. Remove from heat, refrigerate for a couple of hours.

  6. Serve cold and garnish with fresh mint.


Printable Recipe (PDF) below:

Joe's Amaretto Cranberry Sauce
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