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Cranberry sauce with OJ and bourbon

March 4, 2023 at 5:45:46 PM


45 min


1 jar 32oz



About the Recipe

For me and maybe for some of you making cranberries is a sign of winter and holidays rapidly approaching. So, today I would like to share my recipe for this amazing side dish not only great with turkey. This one is made with orange juice and zest with a “splash” of bourbon.


32 oz of cranberries (fresh or frozen)
1 cup of bourbon
2 1/2 cup of sugar
1 tbsp of agave syrup
1/4 tsp of salt
1/2 nutmeg
1 cup of orange juice (freshly squeezed)
1/2 cup of dry cranberries
1 stick of cinnamon

For preserving them for later

2 16 oz jars (0,5 l)
Step 1

Wash the cranberries, dry them on a towel and pick through them, throwing away those that are very black and look old.

Step 2

Wash, zest (into a bowl), cut it in half and squeeze out the orange juice.
Place the cranberries in a big saucepan (I like to use a dutch oven) and put it on a medium heat.

Step 3

Add bourbon, half of the sugar, orange juice and zest, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Mix everything, cover and let it simmer for 25 min until all is mixed together and the cranberries are soft.

Step 4

After 25 min taste and check for sweetness if it is too sour add the left 1 cup of sugar. For more texture add the dry cranberries and the agave syrup. Leave to simmer it for 10 -15 min.


Remember to first zest then squeeze all citrus fruits, it is very hard to do it the other way round.

You can use OJ (orange juice) from the cartoon/ bottle, however I prefer freshly squeezed since it does not contain extra sugar.

The amount of sugar that you add depends on you and your taste buds. Five minutes before the end check for taste and add sugar if you think it is too sour.

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