¼cupGrand Marnier or other orange-flavored liqueuroptional
Place fresh cranberries, orange juice and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Place cloves, allspice berries, and cinnamon sticks in the center of a square of triple-thick cheesecloth. Gather corners together to make spice bag and secure the top with a piece of twine.
Place spice bag in the pot with the cranberries. Cook until cranberries begin to burst, about 10 minutes.
Stir in sugar and reduce heat to low. Continue cooking 5 minutes, or until all the sugar has dissolved.
Add Grand Marnier and cook 2 minutes more. You can omit the Grand Marnier, but if you do, add a teaspoon of orange extract and increase the sugar to 2 cups.
Remove from heat and allow to cool. Discard spice bag. You can serve this cranberry sauce right away; however, I recommend that you chill it in the refrigerator 8 hours or overnight before serving to allow the flavors to blend.
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