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Ginger Sake Cranberry Sauce

Every year comes the same challenge: how to mix up plain old cranberry sauce. Not that there’s anything wrong with plain cranberry sauce, but I’m always looking for something new and different (in essence, blog worthy).

Now, I don’t like relish. That’s just weird. I want cranberry sauce, not chunky crunchy fruit salad masquerading as sauce.

Asian Cranberry Sauce with Sake and Fresh Ginger

Since our Thanksgiving was loosely Asian-themed, we were trying to think of ways to spice up our cranberry sauce to go along with it. I chose to add just a smidge of ginger (just enough to entice the tastebuds, not overpower the palette) and a splash of Japanese sake. Because boozy cranberry sauce is always a good decision, I mean, really, where can you go wrong?

Asian Cranberry Sauce with Sake and Fresh Ginger

It may just be my favorite cranberry sauce yet, right behind last year’s Hibiscus Cranberry Sauce. In fact, I wish I had made more of it (I only used one 8-ounce bag, where I think at least two would have been appropriate). Then again I’m the type who can eat cranberry sauce in various forms for weeks following the holidays. With some goat cheese and arugula, it makes for one heck of a turkey sandwich.

Ginger Sake Cranberry Sauce

Knowing nothing about sake, we picked this one up based on the pretty pink packaging (girly sake, as Taylor called it) and a description that mentioned an “appealing, fruity flavor”. Cranberries are fruit, so that meant it’d go together, right?

Ginger Sake Cranberry Sauce

Apparently this week has unintentionally become cranberry week. And that’s ok with me: I’m of the mindset that cranberries can (and should!) be enjoyed year round. So stock up, freeze a few bags while you still can, and enjoy the tart results for months to come.

Ginger Sake Cranberry Sauce


  • 8 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 3 tablespoons sake


In a saucepan, combine cranberries, water, sugar, and ginger over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, for 10 to 15 minutes or until cranberries are burst and liquid is thickened. Remove from heat and stir in sake. Sauce can be made up to 3 days ahead of time and refrigerated in a jar or airtight container.

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