Vegan Merlot Cranberry Sauce from Scratch

Cranberry Sauce is a must have staple on the American Thanksgiving Day table. You’ve got to try this vegan Merlot cranberry sauce recipe. It’s delicious!

Merlot Cranberry Sauce from Scratch

Though not a traditional food for the Mexican holiday season, it is however a staple on my Mexican-American fusion holiday table.

If you dislike cranberry sauce because you’ve only ever had it out of a can, this recipe is going to change your world!

No gelatinous globs from a tin can here! No yucky preservatives or weird ingredients here.

Just pure delicious sweet, tart, aromatic spices and a touch of wine!

And best of all, you’re going to make it from scratch. I promise you’re going to receive lots of compliments on your homemade cranberry sauce.

Piloncillo and Merlot Cranberry Sauce

How to Make Vegan Merlot Cranberry Sauce from Scratch

Homemade cranberry sauce is so incredibly easy. Really you’re going to wonder why you haven’t tried it before.

Check out my easy recipe below.

Piloncillo and Merlot Cranberry Sauce

Vegan Merlot Cranberry Sauce from Scratch

Nancy Lopez &
You’ll love this easy homemade cranberry sauce recipe so much you’ll never buy the canned stuff again. This recipe is sweet, tart, full or aromatic spices and has a touch of booze.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 248 kcal



  • ½ lb. or 230 grams frozen whole cranberries
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 cup muscovado sugar or piloncillo
  • ¼ cup Merlot wine
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinammon
  • pinch of ground nutmeg
  • pinch of ground cardamom
  • 4 whole allspice
  • 2 whole cloves



  • Pour the water, wine and sugar into a pot. Stir and allow the sugar to melt completely, then add all of the spices and frozen cranberries. Stir ingredients well. Simmer over medium low heat, stirring occasionally. Simmer until the cranberries break down and the liquid thickens. Taste the sauce and adjust the sugar to the sweetness desired.


**Tip: I used the leftover sauce to make cranberry chocolate crumble bars. **


Serving: 4servingsCalories: 248kcalCarbohydrates: 62gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 20mgPotassium: 140mgFiber: 3gSugar: 56gVitamin A: 34IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 1mg
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Homemade and from scratch cranberry sauce

Make Sure It’s Vegan

Though you could use any brown sugar, if you want it to be vegan use muscovado sugar.

Additionally double check the brand of Merlot you used.

Cranberry Sauce with a Mexican Touch

To give your cranberry sauce swap out the muscovado sugar for piloncillo. It’ll give the sauce a slightly different taste, but still delicious!

Other Variations

Some people also like to add orange peel or zest. This will add another level of flavor.

Feel free to experiment and see if you like it.

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  1. I’m assuming that the recipe should use vegan Merlot? As wine is not by default vegan. Do you have any specific vegan wine recommendations?