Holiday Recipes Infused with Bourbon Magic

Holiday Recipes Infused with Bourbon Magic

Ho-Ho-Hold the Eggnog

The holidays are a time for family, feasting, and, of course, festive cocktails. But this year, ditch the store-bought eggnog and whip up something truly special with the warming, smoky magic of bourbon.

Bourbon's complex flavor profile, with hints of vanilla, oak, and caramel, lends itself beautifully to a variety of holiday dishes, both sweet and savory. From glazed pecans to boozy cranberry sauce, here are a few recipes to tantalize your taste buds and impress your guests:

Boozy Bourbon Pecans:

These caramelized nuts are the perfect sweet and salty snack or topping for desserts. The bourbon adds a subtle depth of flavor that will have everyone reaching for more.


    • 1 cup pecan halves
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1/4 cup bourbon
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    1. In a large bowl, toss pecans with brown sugar and butter until evenly coated.
    1. Spread pecans on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.
    1. Remove from oven and drizzle with bourbon. Toss to coat, then return to oven and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown and caramelized.
    1. Sprinkle with sea salt while still warm and let cool completely before serving.

Bourbon Cranberry Sauce:

This tangy sauce is the perfect accompaniment to your holiday roast. The bourbon adds a warm, fruity note that complements the cranberries beautifully.


    • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
    • 1 cup orange juice
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup bourbon
    • 1 cinnamon stick
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger


    1. In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, orange juice, brown sugar, bourbon, cinnamon stick,and ginger. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until cranberries have softened and sauce has thickened.
    1. Remove cinnamon stick and serve warm with your favorite roast.

Bourbon Glazed Ham:

This show-stopping main course is sure to impress your guests. The bourbon glaze adds a touch of sweetness and complexity that takes ham to a whole new level.


    • 10-pound ham, spiral-cut
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
    • 1/4 cup bourbon
    • 1/4 cup orange juice
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Place ham in a roasting pan.
    1. In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, Dijon mustard, bourbon, orange juice, garlic, and cloves.
    1. Brush ham with glaze and bake for 1 hour, basting every 15 minutes.
    1. Increase oven temperature to 400°F (200°C) and bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until ham is golden brown and internal temperature reaches 160°F (71°C).
    1. Let ham rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Bonus Tip:

For an extra boozy kick, serve these bourbon-infused dishes alongside a glass of the same bourbon used in the recipe. Cheers to a happy and delicious holiday season!

Remember, when cooking with alcohol, always use it responsibly and never let children or pets consume it.

I hope these recipes inspire you to create your own bourbon-infused holiday magic in the kitchen. With a little creativity, you can turn any dish into a festive masterpiece. So get experimenting, have fun, and enjoy the season!

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