Bourbon-Orange Cranberry Sauce

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

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.

Bourbon-Orange Cranberry Sauce

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.

Bourbon-Orange Cranberry Sauce

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.

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!


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


  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.


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

  • There can be nothing wrong with adding bourbon! (or orange). Love this.

  • Cranberry and orange are the perfect combo…I love everything about this recipe! And bourbon…yes!

  • I love cranberries and oranges. And I’m always good with adding booze:) Happy Holidays.