Cranberry Apricot Raisin Sauce

Thanksgiving is just about two weeks away. Have you thought about making your own cranberry sauce? I love this homemade Cranberry Apricot Raisin Sauce. I’ve been making it for several years now and there is no way I am going back to the canned variety.  Homemade cranberry sauce is rather simple to make and provides such a fresh and flavorful addition to your Thanksgiving holiday table it’s just too good to override with the canned variety.

I decided to go with a Cranberry Apricot Raisin Sauce version of homemade cranberry sauce is because cranberries can be tart. The apricots and raisins add a nice depth of sweetness to the dish without the need to overuse sugar.

Cranberry Apricot Raisin Sauce

A delicious homemade cranberry sauce
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: Linda Arceo


  • 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 3 ounces white wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • juice of 1 fresh orange
  • zest from 1/4 fresh lemon
  • 1 cup water


  • Add chopped apricots and raisins to pot over medium heat on your stove.
  • Add white wine and allow apricots and raisins to rehydrate in white wine until reduced.
  • Add cloves, brown sugar, white sugar, honey, fresh orange juice, and cranberries. Toss to coat.
  • Add lemon zest and water and cover to boil stirring occasionally.
  • Once cranberries have come to a boil, simmer covered until water is reduced, cranberries are soft and apricots and raisins are hydrated.
  • Store in airtight container in refrigerator until ready to use.
This Cranberry Apricot Raisin Sauce makes a pretty decent batch of cranberry sauce. I was able to fill a large mason jar about 3/4 of the way full. The batch made it through the entire Thanksgiving dinner with plenty leftover.

Truth be told, I am not much of a baker. But I do occasionally whip up successful baked dishes that are just wow! One of my favorite baked items to enjoy is shortbread. I took the leftover Cranberry Apricot Raisin Sauce and made a batch of my favorite Cranberry Coconut Shortbread Bars with whatever was leftover. They were seriously so delicious – like coffee-shop quality and I loved them. The perfect use for leftover homemade cranberry sauce. 

Don’t fall victim to canned cranberry sauce. Make a point of making homemade cranberry sauce this year.  This super simple Cranberry Apricot Raisin Sauce recipe will wow your Thanksgiving dinner guests and complete your menu with ease. 

I hope you enjoy today’s recipe post!

This article was written by food blogger Linda Arceo for her food blog, Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps