Maple Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

by Marla on November 15, 2013 · 22 comments

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When I can, I sneak a little bit of bourbon into just about everything. OK. Not everything, but lots of things. Like cocktails (obviously) and cranberry sauce.

There’s not much to say about cranberry sauce other then it is one of my favorite things in the entire world. This sweet tart sauce has my heart…thank goodness for this time of year when I can live on it!

Maple Bourbon Cranberry Sauce |

Don’t you just LOVE the color of ruby red cranberries?

Maple Bourbon Cranberry Sauce |

They are like roly-poly jewels.

Maple Bourbon Cranberry Sauce |

Bourbon adds a frisky touch.

Maple Bourbon Cranberry Sauce |

Add a little or a lot. Your call. All depends on who is eating it and how much y’all like bourbon.

Maple Bourbon Cranberry Sauce |

What are your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes? I put cranberry sauce on everything. From this point until Christmas there will always be some in the fridge.

Then I will dream about it the rest of the year.


Maple Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 11 minutes

Yield: 4 - 6 servings

Maple Bourbon Cranberry Sauce


  • 3 cups fresh Cranberries
  • 1/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup (I like grade B best)
  • pinch ground Cinnamon
  • 1-3 tablespoons Bourbon
  • Golden Raisins


  • In a sauce pan bring cranberries and water to a boil over medium high heat. Cover the pan as the cranberries will start to pop & splatter. Reduce heat to medium, stir in maple syrup, simmer for 8-10 minutes. Stir frequently, smashing the cranberries against the edge of the pan. Remove sauce from the heat when it's the consistency you like. Add some cinnamon and stir in bourbon to taste.
  • Top with golden raisins. This sauce is great hot or cold.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa November 15, 2013 at 6:12 am

Divine and wonderfully festive!




2 Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 15, 2013 at 8:37 am

A big yes to sneaking in the bourbon – love this sauce!


3 Kevin (Closet Cooking) November 15, 2013 at 9:01 am

This sounds so good and I love the contrasting yellow of the golden raisins!


4 Marla November 15, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Thanks Kevin! I thought they added great color, flavor & texture.


5 Marian (Sweetopia) November 15, 2013 at 10:17 am

Gorgeous! I’m a fan of cranberry sauce as well, and am pinning your recipe to try later!


6 Marla November 15, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Thanks so much Marian!


7 Averie @ Averie Cooks November 15, 2013 at 11:07 am

Great minds think alike b/c yesterday I posted cranberry, blueberry & red wine! And yours with the bourbon…HEAVENLY! I can’t even believe we didnt talk about this over the weekend! Oh wait, we were having too much fun to talk about cranberries…but with booze, I mean, what are the odds?!


8 Marla November 15, 2013 at 5:23 pm

OMG ~ Averie I just checked out your cabernet cranberry sauce. I’m like so in love. Great minds think alike with boozy cranberry sauce 😉


9 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar November 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm

This is some fancy cranberry sauce (in the best way possible of course). YUM!


10 Marla November 15, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Ha! Thank you. I like to be a bit fancy 😉


11 Aimee Wimbush-Bourque November 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I also put cranberry sauce on everything! Love the bourbon addition. You saucy girl!


12 Julie @ Table for Two November 15, 2013 at 1:10 pm

gosh, i really love this! this is so unique and i bet everyone will want more of it on their turkey!


13 Marla November 15, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Totally…they may even wanna drink it 😉


14 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective November 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm

So pretty and enticing!


15 HeatherChristo November 15, 2013 at 4:38 pm

this is just beautiful- I bet it would be absolutely wonderful with turkey!


16 Tieghan November 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I love cranberry sauce and adding bourbon to everything this time of year! :) Like you I put cranberry sauce on everything. I love it!


17 Marla November 15, 2013 at 8:15 pm

Great minds think alike girl!


18 sally @ sallys baking addiction November 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm

“roly-poly jewels” – yes!

Marla, this sauce looks divine. I’ve seen so many wonderful cranberry sauce recipes, but this one has me dying to try it! Especially with that bourbon. YES.


19 Shari November 17, 2013 at 10:04 am

Love the colors and textures…Beautiful! Thanks for the inspiration- I can’t wait to try it. Fave Thanksgiving side dish? I just posted Sweet Potato Fries w/ Tangy Cranberry Dip. Can be served as an appetizer or as a fun potato alternative (they are heavenly when caramelized). Teenager approved.

xoxo ~Shari


20 Bree November 27, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Sounds yummy!! Quick question, does it gel up (not sure of the correct term, lol) or become pretty solid when it cools?


21 Marla November 27, 2013 at 3:26 pm

It’s of medium thickness. You can add some more water if you want it thinner or less for thicker. It does thicken a bit after chilled in the fridge.


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