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Cranberries, Orange Rind and a jigger of Gin...

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I have always loved cranberries, in the same way as I love rhubarb. That tangy sour essence is made alive and magical by the addition of a bit of sugar or honey. Not a lot mind you, too sweet mixed with sour is not delicious, it is heavy and forced.

Living here on the peninsula I have become more intrigued with cranberries, from the harvest which is almost a dance on water, to the enjoyment of eating them. They are beautiful, unique and delicious. And a fresh berry will bounce, with a tiny rattle heard inside from the seeds. I was thinking about this sauce and thought I had a bag of frozen berries in the freezer in which to make it with.

Gifted berries made into a delicious Cranberry Dried Cherry Sauce.

However, the freezer proved me wrong! I had already used them in a delicious blackberry cranberry grapefruit jam. And while I love opening those jars to enjoy, I was now out of cranberries. I posted a little complaint on my Facebook page and a friend here on the peninsula reached out with a 5-pound bag I could have. And while I could simply have them, if I had a loaf of that delicious bread around, she would enjoy one in exchange. I immediately sent a reply, "are you home? we are headed that way." So we did.

Chunky, delicious, fruity cranberry sauce for your holiday table.

Cranberry & Dried Cherry Sauce, with Orange Rind and a jigger of Gin
by the seat of my pants
makes about 2 1/2 - 3 cups

1 c water
1/3 - 1/2 c sugar - only use the larger amount if you love sweet over tangy
dash salt
1 c dried cherries
1 - 2 T orange rind - I used some candied I have so I did use a full 2 T
1 pound cranberries
1 jigger of gin
Bring the water, sugar, salt, dried cherries and orange rind to a boil, reduce heat, simmer 10 minutes.

Gifted berries made into a delicious Cranberry Dried Cherry Sauce.

Turn up the heat to boiling, add cranberries and Gin. Let mixture boil over medium-high heat 5 minutes, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 5-8 minutes or until cranberries "pop".

Chunky, delicious, fruity cranberry sauce for your holiday table.

Remove from heat and rest until warm, refrigerate until serving time. The sauce will thicken upon standing and will keep longer than it will be around.....

Gifted berries made into a delicious Cranberry Dried Cherry Sauce.

While my serving container is not pretty, we have a three-hour drive for our Thanksgiving meal, and the white-capped mason jar seemed the best choice, the small bowl, however, will be breakfast with buttered toast!

Enjoy!

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