This easy Cranberry Apricot sauce is wonderful with turkey for Thanksgiving. It’s easy to make and adds a wonderful flavor.

Cranberry Apricot Sauce

If you love this delicious sauce you may also love this Blackberry Sauce, especially if you are making a ham. We love it on ham!

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This sauce is a great addition to your holiday meal. It’s super easy to prepare and the apricot preserves add a wonderful flavor. You can make this in advance and just heat it up when you’re ready to eat.  This delicious sauce adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the turkey.


  • Fresh cranberries
  • Cinnamon
  • Allspice
  • Granulated sugar
  • Apple juice
  • Apricot preserves (I used no sugar added)


You could switch out the spices in this if you wanted. We love cinnamon and allspice but you can add nutmeg or ginger if those are your favorites.You can also switch out orange juice for the apple juice. I haven’t tried it but a can of whole cranberries may work just as well too.


This sauce comes together really quickly, so the hardest part is organizing the ingredients!


Step 1
Add cranberries, cinnamon, allspice, sugar, and apple juice to pot and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Turn down to a simmer and add preserves and let simmer until it’s the desired consistency. It took about 8-10 minutes. Remove from stove and let cool.


If you have leftovers, this is wonderful in oatmeal, on toast with butter or on an English Muffin.


This goes wonderfully with any of our 25 Thanksgiving Side Dishes. This is one of our most popular Thanksgiving posts, so be sure and check it out! This sauce is wonderful served over turkey, ham, or a pork loin. It’s also wonderful on our turkey meatloaf. You may also want to try our Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice. It’s a delicious dish that is very pretty on a Thanksgiving table.


Should Cranberry Apricot Sauce be served warm or cold?

We like to serve this sauce at room temperature. It’s delicious cold too!

Can I use jellied cranberry sauce from the can?

I think you could, you would just have to bring it to a boil and then turn it down. It may not thicken much.


Store in an airtight container in the fridge and set out to room temperature before serving. You can make this in advance and it will be read the next day.


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Cranberry Apricot Sauce

Anne Walkup

This Cranberry Apricot Sauce is a wonderful addition to Thanksgiving or Christmas! We love it over turkey or ham and it's super easy to make. It also looks beautiful on your holiday table.

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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Cook Time 15 minutes mins

Total Time 20 minutes mins

Course Sauce

Cuisine American, southern

Servings 10 servings




  • 8 ounces of fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of allspice
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 cups of apple juice
  • 1 cup of apricot preserves I used no sugar added



  • Add cranberries, cinnamon, allspice, sugar, and apple juice to pot and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Turn down to a simmer and add preserves and let simmer until it’s the desired consistency. It took about 8-10 minutes. Remove from stove and let cool.

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For many years we had a non-traditional Thanksgiving. We served different dishes and everyone loved it. You don’t have to go the traditional route.


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Hi, I’m Mohamed. I share delicious recipes that I have cooked and loved. I’ve been food blogging for over 10 years and have a Diploma in Nutrition. You will find many healthy recipes as well as my favourite comfort food on the blog because I believe in a balanced diet.

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