If you’re going to make your own cranberry sauce, you might as well make it worth the effort. We’re always trying something different for our annual Thanksgiving feast. This time, I was inspired by one of my favourite fall cocktails: Apple Cider & Fireball Canadian Whisky [Cinnamon Whisky]. We just went apple picking, so there’s plenty of cider on hand. And I always seem to have some sort of whisky in the cabinet…Of course, the booze cooks off, so it’s family friendly. This recipe can be canned using a boiling water bath and given as a gift around the holidays. If you use green figs, it looks kind of Christmassy, too.
Whisky Fig Cranberry Sauce
for Grandma Geraldine
Makes 1 1/4 pints
Recipe can be doubled, triped, quadrupled…
For every 12 oz bag cranberries:
1/4 c whisky [We used Fireball (Cinnamon) Canadian Whisky, but any Whisky will do!]
3/4 c apple cider [juice or water can be substituted here]
1 cup brown sugar
[OPTIONAL] 1/4 cup/50 g diced dried apricots [OPTIONAL]
1 cup/8 oz quartered fresh figs [we used green], tips and tails removed.
zest and juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cardamom
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 cup sliced almonds [toasted, if you wish]
1/4-1/2 cup shredded sweetened coconut [toasted, if you wish]
Heat liquid, sugar and [optional] dried apricots in a pot and bring to a boil.
Add the cranberries.
[If your cranberries are frozen, wait a minute or two before continuing].
Add the quartered fresh figs and return to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium low.
Add lime zest, lime juice, and spices.
Boil on low, stirring frequently, until the sauce comes to an almost jam-like consistency.
[This can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.]
Sauce may be canned using a boiling water bath, leaving 1/4-in headspace in jars and processing for 15 minutes.
[Optional] If you would like to make this into a “compote,” add 1/4-1/2 c shredded sweetened coconut and/or 1/4 c sliced almonds per batch to your sauce before serving or you could use coconut and/or almonds as a garnish on the day of your gathering. This is going overboard, of course…..but we like to go overboard around the holidays.
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