Late Harvest Riesling and Orange cranberry sauce

Look no further! Here is the best Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe Ever! Whole cranberries sweetened with honey and brought to a jammy boil with Late Harvest Riesling and pinch or two of fresh orange zest. And Cranberry Sauce isn’t just for turkey dinner… Oh no! Add it to turkey sandwiches, baked brie, over turkey meatballs or a charcuterie board spread.

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Cranberry sauce is super easy to make and honestly, once you have had homemade cranberry sauce there is no chance you will ever eat that goo that comes out of a can again! For this recipe, I used a Late Harvest Riesling to help sweeten the tart cherries. Late Riesling wines are on the sweeter side. Not as sweet as an ice wine but much sweeter than a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc.

What is a Late Harvest Riesling?

Late Riesling wines are characterized by having a much more golden colour than a regular Riesling with notes of apricots, pears, apples and honey. This type of wine is not usually served with dinner but is more of an aperitif served with dessert or a nice cheese board after dinner. Inniskilin has is one of my favourite Late Harvest Rieslings out of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

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The flavour of the Late Harvest Riesling and the bit of orange zest in this recipe highlight the honey that has been added and mellows the tartness of the cranberries. This creates the perfect sweet and tart balance in this homemade cranberry sauce to go with your holiday meal!

Everything you need to make this homemade cranberry sauce recipe

You can use fresh or frozen cranberries but I recommend thawing out the frozen cranberries first. Before using make sure to rinse the cranberries and discard any mushy ones. You can also use creamed or liquid honey for this recipe. When heated creamed honey becomes liquid quickly and will measure the same.

Can Cranberry sauce be made in advance?

You bet! You actually should make this recipe in advance because it needs time to chill. Cranberry sauce should be served cold if used for a turkey dinner, on sandwiches or as a dip. And the longer it sits the better it gets… just like shortbread! Come to think of it this sauce would go awesome thinly spread on a buttery shortbread cookie!

Cranberry sauce being lifted out of a blue dish on a spoon.

How Do you Store Homemade Cranberry Sauce?

Wait until the sauce has completely cooled (about an hour) then transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. I like to keep old clean jam jars to store sauces like this for later.

Can you freeze cranberry sauce?

Yes, you can freeze this sauce in an airtight container after it has cooled completely. This sauce can be frozen for up to 2 months.

I like to make a double batch of this cranberry sauce and then freeze half so that I have it for appetizers, a weekend charcuterie board or a delicious turkey, brie and cranberry sandwich.

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Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe with Late Harvest Riesling & Orange

Look no further! This here is the best Homemade Cranberry Sauce Ever! Whole cranberries sweetened with honey and brought to a jammy boil with Late Harvest Riesling and pinch or two of fresh orange zest.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Dinner, Sauce
Cuisine: American, Canadian, Christmas, gluten free, Holidays, Thanksgiving
Keyword: Cranberry Sauce, Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe, Thanksgiving Recipes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cooling: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 77kcal


  • Large Sauce Pan
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Lemon Zester
  • Spoon


  • 2 cups whole cranberries fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup Late Harvest Riesling Wine
  • 1 tsp orange zest


  • In a large saucepan add the cranberries, honey, Late Harvest Riesling and orange zest.
  • Bring to a boil over medium-high heat until cranberries start to burst. Then reduce to medium-low heat and let simmer for remaining time stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat once the mixture has thickened. Let cool completely for about 1 hour before serving or make ahead and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


To make this recipe vegan replace the honey with maple syrup.


Serving: 2tbsp | Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 18.4g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0.7mg | Potassium: 8.8mg | Fiber: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 0.1mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Please Note:The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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  1. 5 stars
    Fabulous cranberry sauce that can easily become my next go-to recipe this holiday season! I wonder how much I need to make to make sure I have enough! 🙂

    1. One recipe worth makes about 1 cup and a bit but if you doubled the recipe you could use the sauce over brie, on meatballs or on a charcuterie board! Imagine the possibilities!

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