Mandarin IPA Cranberry Sauce is a great twist to a classic recipe with the surprise of some mandarin orange craft beer for a fun and delicious flavor.
It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving around here without cranberry sauce and beer.
I just wanted to share one last Thanksgiving recipe with you in case you have a desire to make something different or need a last minute side to take somewhere. This Mandarin IPA Cranberry Sauce is totally easy and uses only a few ingredients, yet it’s homemade, pretty, and tasty!
I’m going to keep this short because we all have about a million things to do to get ready for the big day. I know I do. Help me, Rhonda. Thank goodness I had the foresight to brew up 10 gallons of beer a few weeks ago to get me through.
I’ll leave you with good wishes for a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving, and some links below in case you need any last minute help with your menu planning. Cheers, Friends!
And a couple of roundups from my friends on the interwebs:
No Spoon Necessary and Friends Thanksgiving Recipe Roundup – something for every course
Easy Classic Thanksgiving Side Dishes from Ciao Chow Bambina
25 of the Tastiest Thanksgiving Sides from Everyday Made Fresh
Mandarin IPA Cranberry Sauce
- 1 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries
- 1 cup mandarin or tangerine beer
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon honey
- pinch or 2 of salt
- zest of one mandarin or small orange
Combine all ingredients in a heavy bottom pot, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cook until thick and syrupy, stirring regularly
Cool and serve
Garnish with orange or mandarin zest
- I used fresh cranberries for this recipe, but feel free to use frozen. You’ll want to thaw them first.
- This Mandarin IPA is from Highland Brewing Company in Ashville, NC. It has vibrant orange and citrus flavors that are the perfect complement to the cranberries. It’s not a super hoppy beer and it doesn’t reduce for a significant amount of time, so there is very little bitterness in the final result, which is a nice balance to the tartness of the cranberries.