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bourbon cranberry sauce

Bourbon Pecan Cranberry Sauce

Serves: 6 to 8

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1 (12-ounce) bag fresh or frozen cranberries
1 cup bourbon
3/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Zest and juice of 1 orange
1/2 cup pecan pieces, toasted


In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, bourbon, sugar, salt, orange juice and zest, and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries have burst and mixture has thickened, 20 to 25 minutes. Fold in the pecans and transfer to a medium bowl. Refrigerate until cold before serving.

Photo: Ramona King

About the recipe

Many people default to using canned cranberry sauce, but making it from scratch is very easy and far tastier — especially when you mix in Southern bourbon and pecans. Fresh cranberries are usually available in most supermarkets in the fall months, and you should be able to find frozen cranberries year-round.