Sugar, Spiked, and Everything Nice

You have to understand Cranberry Sauce to understand Thanksgiving here in America… and I officially get it. We’re one week away and I wanted to give homemade cranberry sauce a spin. It’s a complete win. I never want to go back to canned sauce and you won’t either after giving this simple recipe a try.

Before we add sugar, Jack Daniels, and orange juice, I need you to understand the wonderful benefits of cranberries. The nutrients in these berries have been linked to a prevention of certain cancers, lowered blood pressure, as well as improved immune function. It’s loaded in vitamin C, manganese, vitamin E, K, copper and pantothenic acid (helps convert food to fuel!). So, whether you’re adding them to your decadent holiday meals or just want a snack– you can’t go wrong with cranberries.

I’m not a fan of a lot of “traditional” holiday food, but this recipe works with bagels, spread for turkey sandwiches, and will be a great addition to your cornbread dressing or stuffing this Thanksgiving. Get rid of the can and make your own! You only need:

1. Frozen or fresh cranberries (12 ounces)

2. Whiskey (I chose Jack Daniels)

3. Orange Juice

4. Lemon Juice

5. Sugar (1/3 cup)

6. Water (2 tbsp)

For starters, combine cranberries and 2 tbsp of water in a sauce pan over a low to medium heat. Cranberries should begin to soften and should also burst. Stir in a splash of orange juice, lemon juice, sugar, and shot(s) of whiskey! Continue to stir all ingredients until sugar dissolves and remove from heat. Feel free to add more sugar for sweeter sauce. Chill or serve at room temperature.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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