Looking for something to add a little wow to your holiday table? Want to make a delicious homemade cranberry sauce? This vanilla bourbon cranberry sauce will wow your taste buds and its so easy to make!
It is my humble opinion that on Thanksgiving the most important food is the side dishes. I mean really, who needs turkey?? Mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, sweet potatoes… yum!! I love love love the deliciousness that is Thanksgiving and Christmas side dishes.
One of my favorites is cranberry sauce. I’ve always been a fan of that fun can shaped chunk of cranberry jelly that pops out onto a plate to grace our holiday tables. However, several years ago I decided to make some from scratch. I’ve tried a few recipes over the years and this one has stuck around as a favorite. Even though my dear sweet super hubby makes most of our Thanksgiving dinner I pride my self on a kick ass cranberry sauce as an addition.
I’d love to give credit to where ever this recipe came from but I have no idea. It is written in pencil on a yellow post it and stuck in a folder of all of my hubby’s favorite recipes along with his turkey brine recipe and an amazing sweet potato soup. So I cannot give credit to the original source, but I thank them wholeheartedly for coming up with this recipe!
A couple of things before we get started. Yes, you need that much vanilla, I know it seems like a lot. And yes the alcohol cooks out of the sauce. No worries for having kiddos eat this up, which they will! The bourbon gives this such a rich delicious taste and brings out the flavor of the vanilla and cranberries beautifully. I can eat the whole bowl myself!!
Here’s what you’ll need for this Vanilla Bourbon Cranberry Sauce-
1- 12- 14oz. Bag of Fresh Cranberries
1- Cup Sugar (I used cane sugar)
1- Cup Water
1- Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
Place your cranberries in a colander and rinse them before starting, unless they are pre-washed.
Put your cranberries into a large pan, and pour in your sugar and water. Heat over medium/ high and heat bring it to a rolling boil. Reduce to a simmer and add in your bourbon and vanilla.
Let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until its a nice jam-like consistency. If you want it a little thicker boil longer, a little soupier boil a little less!
Let it cool and serve!!
See? Super simple and the end result is an amazing addition to your holiday (or everyday) dinner!!
This is a great dish to take to a potluck because it travels beautifully. You can also make it a couple of days ahead so that you have on less thing to cook the day of your holiday gathering.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish? Have you ever made cranberry sauce from scratch? Come back and let me know if you try this vanilla bourbon cranberry sauce!
- 1- 12- 14oz. Bag of Fresh Cranberries
- 1- Cup Sugar (I used cane sugar)
- 1- Cup Water
- 2-Tbsp. Bourbon
- 1- Tbsp. Vanilla Extract
- In an large pan combine your cranberries, sugar and water.
- Bring to a boil
- Reduce to a simmer and add vanilla and bourbon and simmer uncovered for 15-20 minutes.
- let cool before serving