Black Vinegar Cranberry Sauce

Here's a recipe for a unique Thanksgiving Cranberry Sauce infused with the rich flavors of black vinegar.

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November 18, 2023

Add a new dimension to your Thanksgiving meal with our Black Vinegar Cranberry Sauce. For those eager to explore fresh flavors in the kitchen, this sauce offers an enticing culinary adventure. It blends the familiar tartness of cranberries with the unique richness of Japanese black vinegar, complemented by hints of citrus zest and spices. It's a delightful twist that promises to elevate your Thanksgiving feast with flavors that are both sweet and savory, making it a standout addition to your holiday table.

Black Vinegar Cranberry Sauce


• 12 ounces (about 3 cups) fresh cranberries

• 1/2 cup granulated sugar

• 1/2 cup water

• 1/4 cup black vinegar 

• Zest of 1 orange

• 1 cinnamon stick

• 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

• Pinch of salt

• 1 tablespoon orange juice (optional, for extra citrus flavor)


1. Rinse and Drain Cranberries

Rinse the fresh cranberries thoroughly in cold water and drain them.

2. Combine Ingredients

In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the rinsed cranberries, granulated sugar, water, black vinegar, orange zest, cinnamon stick, ground cloves, and a pinch of salt.

3. Simmer

Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Stir occasionally until the cranberries burst and the sauce thickens.

4. Adjust Sweetness

Taste the sauce and adjust the sweetness to your preference by adding more sugar if needed. If you prefer a tangier sauce, you can add a little more black vinegar.

5. Remove from Heat

Once the cranberry sauce has reached your desired consistency, remove it from heat. If using, stir in 1 tablespoon of orange juice for an extra citrus kick.

6. Cool and Serve

Allow the sauce to cool to room temperature. Remove the cinnamon stick.

7. Chill

For best results, refrigerate the Black Vinegar Cranberry Sauce for at least a few hours or overnight before serving. Chilling allows the flavors to meld and intensify.

8. Serve

Serve the sauce chilled as a flavorful and tangy accompaniment to your Thanksgiving turkey or as a condiment for various holiday dishes.

This Black Vinegar Cranberry Sauce offers a unique twist on the traditional cranberry sauce, with the depth of flavor from the Japanese black vinegar adding an extra layer of complexity and richness to your Thanksgiving meal. Enjoy the delightful fusion of sweet, tangy, and savory notes!

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