Eat a Beer: Winter Cranberry Sauce with Candied Citrus

Winter Cranberry SauceSauce:
3 cups whole fresh cranberries
1cup winter warmer ale
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/8 tsp of cinnamon
Pinch of allspice, ground coriander, ground ginger.

Candied citrus:
1″ Strips rind of 1/2-whole grapefruit
1″ Strips rind of 1 small lemon
1/4 cup whiskey or bourbon
3 tbsps bourbon or winter ale
3 tbsps brown sugar + more

In small nonstick frypan, combine all citrus ingredients & mix well. Cook down on low heat until caramelized & liquid has dissolved. Add more liquid sparingly of needed. Scrape contents into medium saucepan.

Combine cranberries & sauce ingredients to saucepan with candied citrus.
Cook on medium heat & bring to a boil. Cranberries will pop open & turn translucent. Simmer for about 15 minutes or more.

You can use a food mill or sieve to create a smooth sauce; crush with a spoon for chunky sauce; or leave whole.

Pour sauce into serving dish and set aside to cool. Sauce will set up while cooling. Chill and serve.

I used Southern Tier Old Man Winter Warmer Ale.
Summit Winter Ale or Indeed Stir Crazy would work nice also.
I used Kentucky Bourbon Ale & Jack Daniels Honey for the candied citrus.

A spicy take on a holiday staple! Cheers!

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Melinda is a beer enthusiast seeking out which food and beer will join forces next... No beer is safe!! She is an active member of Barley's Angels-MN, an employee of a local brewing company, and a novice home brewer.