I love cranberry sauce. I can't not have it, and if it's not available my holiday is ruined. So I make sure to always have some on hand during the big holidays just in case. I've made cranberry sauce for at least 6 or 7 years now and I feel like I've gotten a favorite recipe down. So I thought I'd share.
2 12 oz packages of fresh cranberries
1.5 cups sugar
1 orange zested and juiced
1.5 cups dried cherries
1 cinnamon stick
.5 cup water
3 Tbs Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur
Boil all ingredients except Grand Marnier together in pot with a lid, the cranberries will pop and make a mess! Also make sure you have CHERRIES not cherry flavored cranberries. I've done that at least twice. After cranberries have popped and thickened add 3 tbs of Grand Marnier and let boil for a few minutes, or light it on fire. Whatever works. Unless you want it boozy, then add the Grand Marnier and let cool. Bottle and refrigerate. It's so good and sweet!