Orange Bourbon Cranberry Sauce


Make Ahead Orange-Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

It’s time to start planning for holiday dinners and what dinner is complete without cranberry sauce? I’m not talking the stuff from the cans, either. Since I’ve been on a bourbon kick, I thought I’d experiment this year with some bourbon in the cranberry sauce. Oh, Em, Gee, peeps! This was one of my better ideas. It is seriously tasty and because the alcohol evaporates as it cooks, you don’t need to worry about getting your entire family “sauced”. Ha! See what I did there?

Make Ahead Orange Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

You know what else? It’s easy to make and you can make it ahead of time. Which was totally my plan for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year. Make everything ahead so I can spend some time with the family rather than with the kitchen. And, also there’s leftover bourbon. Lots of it. So much that I bourboned all the things.

Bourbon all the things

This sauce is amazingly easy to make. Throw the ingredients in pot, cook for approximately 20 minutes, cool, and serve. Or cool, store and serve later. This recipe serves 6 adults so go ahead and double it if you have more guests. You’ll still have lots of bourbon left. 😉

Make ahead orange bourbon cranberry sauce

The recipe calls for 1-3 tablespoons of bourbon. I only added 1 tablespoon because I wasn’t sure if everyone coming was feeling the bourbon thing the way I was. It was super yummy. Like eat it with a spoon yummy, even with a small amount of bourbon. How many more times can I say bourbon? Really. (I was not slugging the bourbon while writing this post, I swear.)

Make Ahead Orange-Bourbon Cranberry Sauce


Recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven




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  1. I’ve actually never made cranberry sauce before. I don’t think my family even had it at Thanksgiving when I was a kid. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had cranberry anything other than juice. But, this recipe looks so simple and approachable. And the way you talked it up really makes me want to try it. I haven’t used much alcohol while cooking in the past. But, the couple of times I did, it was AH-mazing. I know the hubby would be happy to finish off the leftover bourbon too. 😉 Thanks for sharing, I’m pinning this for later.

    • Really, it’s a kindness to let him help out that way in the kitchen 😉 I know I’ve had a couple of rough weeks but it’s led me to believe that everything can be improved with a little bourbon.

  2. This looks delish! I love cranberry sauce with the orange flavor. But my husband doesn’t. But the husband loves bourbon. I think I might just be making this for Thanksgiving and everyone is gonna love it!!! Thanks for the recipe. Should I say bourbon a few more times. Bourbon. LOL

  3. OOOH I am so trying this this year~ Yummy way to zing up this dish. Stopping by to let you know you are being featured on tomorrows P3 Party post! have a great weekend! Thanks for pinning!

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