Cranberry Sauce Recipe! The Best with a Twist!

This tried and true cranberry sauce recipe combines wild Newfoundland cranberries with freshly squeezed orange juice and cherries! Yes, cherries maraschino cherries! Not usually found in cranberry sauce, maraschino cherries not only add a fabulous color and texture to your sauce, they also make the sauce taste unbelievably delicious.

Tart and juicy with the perfect sweetness which comes from the delicious little cherry bits. You can absolutely adjust the sweetness for your own taste buds simply by adding more or less sugar.

We are very blessed to be able to take a very short walk though my backyard and find wild cranberries growing by the pond. I am also very close to the ocean, where there is also an abundance of cranberries just look:

The cranberries are growing in the wet marsh and also in amongst the rock. Many Newfoundlanders would call these marsh berrries but we call them wild cranberries as the taste and look the same as you can see below.

I would have never have imagined to put cherries in my cranberry sauce. It came about when my sister Lorraine was making the sauce for Christmas dinner at my moms home in St. John’s.

Most of my family gathers at moms place for Christmas and New Years. We catch up, reminisce and spend some good quality time together. We most certainly share a few good belly laughs! My sisters always joke that my birthday is the only birthday everyone shows up to. That’s partly because its on New Years Day! Everybody shows, children and adults combined no one is left out.

Getting together with family reminds me of the old days when we would take the drive to Petty Harbour to visit my grandmother Lee and grandfather Lee. We didn’t get to visit a whole lot as she lived a little ways away; this meant that it was even more special when we did get to go and spend time with cousins, eat good food and watch the adults be silly. They always did a good job at that! They still do!

Heres a little video clip of Petty Harbor at Christmas time:

As you can see not only are the decorations important so is the timing of taking them down. Amazing how these traditions are still alive and strong today.

Such wonderful memories we have ! Visiting with all the family at moms is something that we don’t get to do all the time with our busy lives but its of the upmost importance in my opinion.

My sister used frozen cherries in hers which you can certainly do but for todays recipe I used maraschino. Watch me show you how easy it really is to prepare in the following video tutorial. As a bonus, you’ll get to see how another recipe is made. Turnip Bake I will post that recipe later on. Enjoy

Wasn’t that easy! To make this delicious cranberry sauce recipe you will need the following:


  • 2 cups cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3/4 -1 cup granulated sugar ( adjust to your taste)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 apple peeled and cored
  • 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • the zest and juice of an orange
  • 8 or more cherries halved
  • one cinnamon stick optional

How to make the Sauce:

Place cranberries, water, orange juice and zest to a saucepan. Bring this mixture to a boil; then add cranberries, apple, sugar and cherries. Mash and stir on medium heat until berries burst and sauce has thickened. It will continue to thicken as it cools.

If you want to double or triple this recipe go ahead . You can easily bottle it by placing in sterilized canning jars . Remove air bubbles with a butter knife or similar and Wipe the rims. Place tops on jars and place in a Hot Water bath for 10 minutes or according to your altitude.

I sure hope you enjoyed that recipe and give it a try for your next holiday feast! I’m sure it will keep your family and friends coming back for more.

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