Spiced Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce

This recipe is a bit of a twist on traditional fresh cranberry sauce that uses pomegranate juice in place of water and a fragrant combination of vanilla extract, allspice, cinnamon and orange zest to add extra flavor.

Spiced Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce

Spiced Cranberry-Pomegranate Sauce

Yield: about 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Delicious, homemade cranberry sauce flavored with pomegranate, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice and orange.


  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar (or more if desired)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 large strips orange zest (1/2-inch wide x 2-inches long)


  1. Combine the pomegranate juice and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the cranberries, vanilla, allspice, cinnamon stick and orange peel. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 12 minutes or until the cranberries have "popped" and the mixture has thickened slightly (it will thicken even more as it cools).
  2. Remove from the heat, cover and allow to cool to room temperature. Remove the cinnamon stick and strips of orange peel. Refrigerate until ready to serve.