Cranberry Sauce with a Touch of Bourbon and a Hint of Cinnamon

By Mark Hinds  |  Updated May 9, 2021  |  0 Comments 

A really good cranberry sauce is a great way to complement roast turkey and pork dishes. This recipe uses a touch of bourbon and cinnamon to add some depth of flavor and interesting notes to the cranberry sauce.

This cranberry sauce recipe is a little tart, to make sure it doesn’t overpower the dish it’s being served with if you like your cranberry sauce sweeter use a 1/2 cup of brown sugar.

Cranberry sauce is also a good way to make those leftover turkey sandwiches shine, just spread a little on top and your good to go.

Too often cranberry sauce gets relegated to Thanksgiving or as a sidekick to turkey, which is too bad because it’s also delicious on things like a Grilled Ham with Maple Bourbon Glaze or Sous Vide Pork Chops

Cranberry Sauce with a Touch of Bourbon and a Hint of Cinnamon

Cranberry Sauce with a Touch of Bourbon and a Hint of Cinnamon

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 16 oz cranberries
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1 stick cinnamon


  • Start by giving the cranberries a quick wash and adding them to a pot on medium heat. Add in the maple syrup, brown sugar, orange zest, and cinnamon stick. Stir everything as the cranberries start to open up.
  • Once the cranberries have all opened up, turn the heat down to a low simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add in the bourbon, stir, and cook covered on a low simmer for another 5 minutes.
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A passionate writer, overly curious cook, and Umami's founder. Mark can often be found cooking for friends.

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 Bourbon|Cinnamon|Cranberries|Maple Syrup
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