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bourbon cranberry sauce in a serving dish

Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

This easy Bourbon Cranberry Sauce is a simple and delicious sauce made with fresh cranberries, orange juice, and maple syrup.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 16 people
Calories 58kcal


  • 12 oz cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup (plus more to taste)
  • 1/4 cup bourbon, plus 1 TB (optional)


  • Add cranberries, juice, syrup, and 1/4 cup bourbon to a pot.
  • Bring to a boil, then simmer until most of the berries burst.  Continue to simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat.  Optionally, add the remaining tablespoon of bourbon.
  • Store in the fridge for at least 2 hours.  Sauce will thicken as it cools.
  • This sauce is somewhat less sweet than traditional cranberry sauces. Once the sauce cools, taste it, and add more maple syrup if desired.
  • Leftovers / Make Ahead + Refrigerate:
    Store sauce in the fridge, and use within 2 weeks.
    Make Ahead + Freeze:
    Store in the fridge for up to 5 days, or freeze in an air-tight container for up to 2 months.



Yields approx. 2 cups of sauce.  Serves 16 (2 TB per person)
Recipe Variations:
  • Swap the bourbon for Grand Marnier
  • Skip the bourbon (and don't replace it) for a traditional cranberry sauce


Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 8.7mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.1mg