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Maple Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


Homemade cranberry sauce is so simple to make and an easy make-ahead side dish for any occasion.  Simmered fresh cranberries with maple syrup and bourbon make for the perfect, crowd-pleasing twist on the traditional!



  • 1 12-ounce package fresh cranberries
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon


  1. Stir. In a medium saucepan combine the cranberries, sugar, maple syrup, and bourbon over medium-high heat. Bring the ingredients to a slow boil, stirring occasionally.
  2. Simmer. Once the ingredients are at a boil, reduce heat to low. Cover almost completely, leaving a small opening to vent steam and cook for 30 minutes. After the first 30 minutes, stir, and continue to cook another 30 minutes without the cover.
  3. Serve. The sauce can be eaten right away warm or allow to cool before serving. This can be made several days in advance and held in the fridge until needed.


  • For a smoother sauce, pulse the cranberries in the food processor until chopped.
  • Bourbon can be substituted with any fruit juice.
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: homemade cranberry sauce, bourbon cranberry sauce, maple cranberry sauce, make ahead cranberry sauce

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