Spicy Orange Cranberry Sauce is a delicious twist to traditional homemade cranberry sauce. It gets a little spicy kick from jalapeño and is finished with orange liqueur!
I’m always on the hunt to change up standard recipes so when I came across a spicy cranberry sauce recipe on Epicurious that had jalapeno, lime and orange liqueur (interesting combo) I thought I’d tweak it a bit and give it a try. I had a bag of Cuties (Mandarian oranges) from making my favorite margaritas so I used a couple of those. You could also just use an orange… or even orange juice, if desired. I had a rather large jalapeno so I used only half, but in hindsight I think a whole one would be just fine! I also decided to use both brown sugar and white sugar. The lime juice gives this cranberry sauce a bit more tang so if you want a sweeter version just replace it with more orange juice or water.Print
Spicy Orange Cranberry Sauce
1 (12oz. bag) fresh cranberries
1/2 c. orange juice (I used a couple Cuties mandarin oranges)
1/4 C. lime juice (about 3–4 limes)
1 jalapeno, seeded, deveined, chopped
1/2 C. sugar
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. orange liqueur
1/2 tsp. salt
In saucepan, combine orange zest & juice, jalapeno, lime juice, sugars and salt. Bring to a boil.
Add cranberries, return to boil, then reduce heat and simmer until cranberries pop and sauce begins to thicken (about 10 minutes).
Remove from heat, stir in orange liqueur. Let cool or refrigerate prior to serving.