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Maple Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

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!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword bourbon cranberry sauce, homemade cranberry sauce, make ahead cranberry sauce, maple cranberry sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 248kcal
Author Lauren


  • 1 bag fresh cranberries 12-ounce bag
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg