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Impress your guests with this cranberry sauce with mandarin oranges. It's the prettiest (and tastiest!) cranberry sauce around.
Cranberry Sauce with Mandarin Oranges
We're bringing back a recipe that we first shared here YEARS ago. Since then, we've made some adjustments to the recipe so that you'll love it even more.
Without a doubt, this is the prettiest cranberry sauce ever. The bright orange mini mandarins sitting in a pool of scarlet cranberries are like bow-topped presents under the tree.
It will be the star of your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!
The idea for this recipe came from Bon Appetit's Candied Mandarin Oranges with Cranberries.
We've made some pretty major changes to it, both to make it easier to make and easier to eat with your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.
We love the combination of honey sweetened cranberries with mini mandarin orange segments. Not only does it look beautiful, but it's also really tasty.
How far in advance can I make cranberry sauce with mandarin oranges?
This mandarin orange cranberry sauce will keep well for at least a week in your fridge so it's the perfect Thanksgiving meal-prep recipe!
Can cranberry sauce be frozen?
Yes! Leftovers can be frozen for 3 months.
- 10 mini mandarin oranges
- 12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 cup honey (can sub sugar – see notes)
- ¼ cup bourbon (see notes)
- Begin by peeling the mandarin oranges. Set 6 oranges aside whole. Separate the remaining oranges into segments.10 mini mandarin oranges
- Add the cranberries, honey, and bourbon to a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat to medium and continue to cook the cranberries for 5 minutes.12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries, 1 cup honey, ¼ cup bourbon
- Add the whole mandarin and segments to the pot and carefully stir them in. Simmer for 5 minutes more then remove the pot from the heat. Let the cranberry sauce cool slightly before transferring it to a jar.
We have thoroughly tested this recipe for accuracy. However, individual results may vary. See our full recipe disclosure here.