The Best Cranberry Sauce to Make This Christmas!

We asked Hazel Magill the Head Chef at Slieve Donard Resort & Spa to share her secret recipe for the most delicious Cranberry Sauce you will ever taste! What better way to impress your guests on Christmas Day than by dazzling them with a homemade cranberry sauce. Freshly made cranberry sauce is so simple that you won’t even consider the jar version this festive season…

You’ll need…

  • 500g Frozen cranberries
  • 200g Sugar, or to taste
  • Cinnamon Stick
  • Star Anise
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 1tbsp Grand Marnier (optional)



Put the cranberries, sugar, butter, zest and juice of the orange, and Grand Marnier if using, in a pan. Add 100ml water and bring to the boil.

After a minute or so’s fierce bubbling, lower to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, until the berries have burst and you have a thick, fruity sauce.

Don’t panic if it’s still fairly runny, though, as it solidifies on cooling.

Taste to see if you want more sugar, then decant to a bowl and let cool before serving.
















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Redeemable at any of the seven Hastings Hotels, in the two magnificent spas and any of the restaurants or bars, it’s the ideal gift that lets people choose the perfect present for themselves, be it a special night out, a luxury weekend, an afternoon tea, a spa treatment or even a round of drinks at the bar!

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