The last few Thanksgivings I have been making my very own cranberry sauce. It’s a very simple thing to do and taste much better than what you get out of a can. But I was thinking is there anyway that I could make it better? One of the ingredients of the sauce is water. Water doesn’t add any flavor to the mix. So what if I replace that water with a flavored liquid. And even better what if that liquid was carbonated? So I tried out a ginger ale cranberry sauce last year. I like the added flavor of ginger and the carbonated brought a little something extra to the texture. This year I am doing some more experimenting. This time to up the cranberry flavor even more, I am using cranberry soda. Not just any cranberry soda, but HOTLIPS Cranberry Soda. HOTLIPS is a pizzeria out in Portland, Oregon that has gotten into the soda pop making business. They use the best real fruit in their soda. So I grabbed a bottle for my latest cranberry experiment. I loved the results.
12 oz fresh cranberries
1 cup sugar
8 ounces HOTLIPS Cranberry soda (that will leave you with 4 more ounces to drink!)
Bring the cranberry soda and sugar to a boil in a large pan. Once you reach a boil add the cranberries and return to a boil. Turn the heat down until the mixture is boiling gently. If you let the mixture boil too hard you may end up with a mess on your hands. Let it boil for 10 minutes or until all the berries have burst and the sauce has thicken. If you wish to make whole cranberry sauce, just pour it into a bowl. For jellied sauce: push the mixture through a sieve to strain out the skins.
You can buy HOTLIPS Cranberry Soda from the HOTLIPS website. You can use a different cranberry soda, but you will be hard pressed to find one as good as HOTLIPS!