Bourbon-Orange Cranberry Sauce

Skip the canned cranberry sauce – this boozy side dish can be prepared several days in advance and is the perfect accompaniment to any holiday meal!

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I’ve been making a stovetop version of this Bourbon Cranberry Sauce for several years now, and this year I decided to add even more flavor to it.

Hellooooo, orange.

This Bourbon-Orange Cranberry Sauce is a boozy side dish that can be prepared several days in advance and is the perfect accompaniment to any holiday meal! It's always on my Thanksgiving menu!

Citrus zest packs so much flavor, and since orange and cranberry work so well together (see these Cranberry Orange Trifles with Candied Walnuts for proof!), I knew it would be a natural fit.

I used some juice from my orange after zesting it, and it really added a nice flavor.

You know, in addition to all.that.bourbon.

Which does not get cooked out of the sauce, mind you. It gets stirred in at the end.

This Bourbon-Orange Cranberry Sauce is a boozy side dish that can be prepared several days in advance and is the perfect accompaniment to any holiday meal! It's always on my Thanksgiving menu!

This sauce was a huge hit this year! I doubled the amount I’m posting here for our small Thanksgiving dinner because I knew we’d be wanting plenty of leftovers. It holds up really well for an entire week in the fridge – if it lasts that long!

My husband used to love the can-o-cranberry sauce, but this stuff is a total (tipsy) game-changer.

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Bourbon-Orange Cranberry Sauce

Makes About 3 cups

Bourbon-Orange Cranberry Sauce

This boozy side dish can be prepared several days in advance and is the perfect accompaniment to any holiday meal!

Ingredients

1 pound (about 4 cups) cranberries
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup bourbon

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, place cranberries, sugar, orange zest, orange juice and cinnamon. Stir. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and simmer, stirring every 10 minutes, until it reaches your desired consistency (about 35-35 minutes.
  2. Take pan off heat and stir in bourbon. Refrigerate until well chilled.

Notes

Recipe by Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli - adapted from Bon Appétit November 1991

https://bigflavorstinykitchen.com/bourbon-orange-cranberry-sauce/

This Bourbon-Orange Cranberry Sauce is a boozy side dish that can be prepared several days in advance and is the perfect accompaniment to any holiday meal! It's always on my Thanksgiving menu!

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