Basic 3 Ingredient Cranberry Sauce (Plus Variations!)

Learn how to make basic homemade cranberry sauce with just 3 ingredients as well as 8 different flavor variations. There’s sure to be one you love!
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• 12 ounces fresh cranberries
• ½ cup water
• 1 cup sugar


1️⃣ Rinse cranberries and discard any that are soft.

2️⃣ In a medium saucepan combine cranberries, water, and sugar. Stir to combine. Cover and cook over medium heat until mixture boils and cranberries start to pop.

3️⃣ Transfer mixture to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, or pulse to leave chunks.

4️⃣ Allow mixture to cool down before serving.


⭐️⭐️⭐️ VARIATIONS ⭐️⭐️⭐️

🍊 Cran-Orange Cranberry Sauce 🍊
Replace water with orange juice. Replace half of the sugar with brown sugar.

🌶️ Spicy Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce 🌶️
Replace water with orange juice. Once cranberries start to pop, add in 1 to 2 sliced jalapenos and let cook two minutes before proceeding with blending the sauce.

🍏 Cran-Apple Cranberry Sauce 🍏
Replace water with apple juice.

🍍 Pineapple Cranberry Sauce 🍍
Replace water with one 16-ounce can of pineapple chunks, undrained.

🍷 Red Wine Cranberry Sauce 🍷
Replace water with 1/2 cup red wine + 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

🎄 Spiced Cranberry Sauce 🎄
Replace the sugar with brown sugar and add in 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice, and 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves. For even more flavor, replace water with orange juice.

🏮 Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce 🏮
Replace water with orange juice and add 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger in with sugar.

🌋 Chipotle Cranberry Sauce 🌋
Once cranberries start to pop, add in 1/2 to 1 chipotle in adobo sauce (not 1 whole can). Let cook 2 minutes before transferring to a blender.


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