Cherry Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

Cherry Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

Cherry Bourbon Cranberry Sauce is an extra fun and easy to make Thanksgiving side dish recipe!

Adding bourbon to anything automatically makes it more flavorful AND more interesting to everyone.

I mean… serve regular cranberry sauce and you’ll get regular reactions.

Serve cranberry sauce with cherry bourbon, you’re going to get a few ohhhh’s and ahhhh’s 😉

How to make Cherry Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

First set out your basic cranberry sauce ingredients of fresh cranberries and sugar.

Typically you’ll add some orange but I went with lemon juice.

Simply because I love cherry and lemon together.

cranberry sauce ingredients

And your star ingredient… cherry bourbon whiskey!

I went with Red Stag, but any cherry bourbon will work.

cherry bourbon bottle

Put the cranberries in a saucepan along with 3/4 cup water and 1/4 cup of the cherry bourbon.

adding the bourbon

Then add 1 cup of sugar and a tablespoon of lemon juice.

adding sugar to the saucepan with cranberries

Next bring this to a boil.

Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 15 to 17 minutes.

cranberry sauce before cooking

Stir it a few times as it bubbles away.

bringing the cranberry sauce to a boil

You’ll notice as it cooks, the cranberries will start to burst.

And the liquid will reduce.

Cherry Bourbon Cranberry Sauce boiling in the pan

Let Cherry Bourbon Cranberry Sauce cool before serving 🙂

I served this with some lemon zest over top as well.

Cherry Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

You can easily make this Thanksgiving or holiday side dish a day or two in advance.

Just store in the fridge in a covered container.

Cherry Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

So festive and with that little extra kick of flavor from the bourbon.

And no worries, kids can have this because all the alcohol cooks out!

Cherry Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

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Cherry Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

Cherry Bourbon Cranberry Sauce is a super fun and flavorful Thanksgiving recipe or perfect for any holiday side dish, boozy and so easy!

Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword Bourbon, Cherry, Cranberry Sauce, Easy, Holiday, Recipe, side dish, Thanksgiving, TikTok
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 167 kcal
Author Cheri Renee

Ingredients

  • 1 12 ounce bag fresh cranberries
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup cherry bourbon (I used Red Stag)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Optional: lemon zest for garnish

Instructions

  1. Put the cranberries, water, cherry bourbon, and lemon juice in a saucepan.

  2. Bring to a boil on the stove over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 15 to 17 minutes stirring occasionally.

  3. Let cool and serve topped with lemon zest if desired.

    Note: This can be made two days before serving, just store in the fridge in a covered container.

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