Bourbon Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Homemade Bourbon Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Did you know that British Columbia is the 3rd largest producer of cranberries worldwide?  BC produces about 17 million kilograms of cranberries annually on about 50 family farm operations.  Just a short drive away from Vancouver there are cranberry bogs that you can check out.  They are just beautiful in mid-autumn when the bogs are flooded and all the ripe cranberries float to the top of the bog, get corralled in, and are harvested.  Each year we head down to Fort Langley and buy bags of cranberries straight from the farm.  They freeze well and are a delicious addition to baking and savoury cooking alike.

With American Thanksgiving coming up this week, I thought I’d share my homemade bourbon cranberry sauce recipe.  We gave jars of this away to each of the guests that joined us for Canadian thanksgiving back in October.  The recipe is intended for canning so you (and your guests if they are lucky enough to take a jar home) can store in the cupboard until Christmas or Thanksgiving next year.

Bourbon Cranberry Sauce Recipe


  • 6  cups cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  1. Combine sugar, water, and vinegar in a tall-sided saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  2. Stir until the sugar is dissolved, then add cranberries.
  3. Return to a boil, then reduce heat and stir rapidly uncovered for 5 minutes until cranberries burst.
  4. Stir in bourbon.
  5. Ladle into hot jars leaving 1/2″ of headspace.  Process in a boiling water canner for 15 minutes for 250ml (1 cup) jars.

Makes three 250ml (half pint) jars or six 125ml jars.

Holiday Cranberry sauce recipe with bourbon

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime
    SJ @ Homemaker On A DimeNovember 21,11

    This is the stuff that I see only on TV. Lucky you! Btw, thanks for joining my giveaway :) Hope you can also swing by and join my Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop.

  2. Christine
    ChristineNovember 21,11

    All I can say is wow…..I love cranberries and I love bourbon recipes. This looks great!
    Thanks for visiting Sugar and Trash!

  3. kitsapFG
    kitsapFGNovember 22,11

    I love cranberries and always enjoy the local harvest as much as possible when they are on. Washington state is also a big cranberry producer and so we have lots of fresh supply to use as well. Very yummy and very good for us too.

    • Stevie
      StevieNovember 22,11

      KitsapFG, so glad that you have access to fresh cranberries, the farms are so fun to visit.

  4. Kristin
    KristinNovember 22,11

    Love the photos of the cranberries. The sauce sounds delicious! I will give it a try for sure. Have to love living here in BC. Lots of great farmers out there.

    • Stevie
      StevieNovember 22,11

      Kristin, Let me know if you do try it. I plan to make your ginger snaps today. yummmmm.

  5. maryhysong
    maryhysongNovember 22,11

    That’s really pretty, that big pool of cranberries! Tho they aren’t my favorite thing in the world…

  6. Derinda
    DerindaNovember 22,11

    The pictures are LOVELY and the recipe looks good too!!

  7. Andrea
    AndreaNovember 23,11

    hi, great photos but i have to admit ive never tried cranberries, not in juice and not fresh either.

  8. Jamie
    JamieNovember 23,11

    How fun would that be to buy cranberries straight from the farm. I’ll have to try this recipe.

    • Stevie
      StevieNovember 23,11

      Jamie, it is fun!
      Andrea, I hope you can try them someday. Yummm.

  9. Melanie
    MelanieNovember 23,11

    What great pictures of the cranberry harvesting. I would love to come down to see it and of course buy some cranberries. I have to make do with packaged ones from the grocery store. They are from BC tho. What a great idea for cranberry sauce, mixing it with bourbon. It looks so bright and warm, perfect for this time of year.

    • Stevie
      StevieNovember 23,11

      Thanks, Melanie. Harvest is in October and there is a cranberry festival in Fort Langley around that time that is fun. Let me know if you plan to come and I’ll forward details on finding the farms.

  10. Good Girl Gone Green
    Good Girl Gone GreenNovember 24,11

    I had no idea about BC being the 3rd largest crannberry producer. Your recipe looks yum!!!

  11. Jewelry Rage
    Jewelry RageJune 22,12

    Great recipe, and I love the pictures wish I was there.

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