This Cranberry Fireball Sauce is made with just three simple ingredients! It features tangy cranberries, fireball whiskey with a kick, and sweet honey syrup. Not only does it use up that leftover cranberry sauce, but it’s dairy-free and vegetarian!
Looking for more Holiday season recipes? Try these! Stuffing Without Celery, Biscoff Sweet Potato Casserole, Mashed Potato Squash.
How to Make This - Step by Step
Step One: Add everything to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. While stirring constantly, boil for 10 minutes on medium heat until slightly thickened.
Step Two: Enjoy. Transfer to a glass jar or storage container and serve hot or let come to room temperature and then cover and store in the fridge.
Quick Facts and Common Questions
How long does this dish take?
How much does this make?
Can this be made in advance?
Yes this can be made up to a week in advance, making it a hassle-free addition to your Thanksgiving dishes.
Does this meet my dietary needs?
This recipe is dairy-free and vegetarian. And no, it's not alcoholic 🙂
How many bowls should I plan for this meal?
1 pan and 1 glass jar
How long does this keep?
2 weeks in the fridge, 4 months in freezer
Is it freezer friendly?
Yes, when ready to use, remove from freezer and let sit overnight in the fridge to thaw.
Is this meal prep friendly?
So typically I would not advocate for fireball for meal plans, but in this case I sure do! Like stated above, this is not alcoholic so its great to make a batch to have on toast, yogurt, or pancakes through the week. It is also great because it uses up leftover cranberry sauce from the holiday season (to make better, more versatile) sauce.
*All substitution options are a 1:1 substitution unless noted otherwise.
Cranberry Jam: Cranberry sauce can be used or you can sub 1 bag of fresh cranberries, ⅓ cup honey, ½ teaspoon salt, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice for the cranberry jam. If doing this, it will take at least 20 minutes to thicken. We love Trader Joe’s seasonal Cranberry Jam! Note: You may need to add up to 3 tablespoon of water or cranberry juice if cranberry sauce is too thick.
Fireball Whiskey: Any whiskey or bourbon can be used. If not using cinnamon flavored whiskey, add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or one cinnamon stick (remove before serving) in addition to whiskey or bourbon.
Honey Syrup: Maple syrup, brown sugar (if using brown sugar, use 3 tablespoon of apple cider or any other juice to make up for lost liquid), or agave can be used. We love Carmichael’s Honey Syrup!
Additions: Some nice additions to this delicious sauce would be pineapple juice, orange juice, zest from a fresh orange, vanilla bean paste, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes, ginger ale or ginger beer (if using one of these you will need to boil for 30 minutes to reduce down properly).
More ideas to use this easy cranberry sauce recipe: Easy bread pudding, Cranberry Cinnamon Whiskey Sour, turkey breast, in the filling of an apple pie, and as a condiment on toast, crackers or apple slices.
Cranberries are one of the only fruits that bounce! Due to small pockets of air inside the fruit, they bounce and float, however they do not grow in water. They are grown on vines and then the bogs are flooded prior to harvest to bring the cranberries to the surface. Enjoyed on their own, cranberries are extremely bitter (their Native American name is inimical, meaning bitter berry) but if enjoyed fresh, they can help whiten your teeth! (Source)
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Cranberry Fireball Sauce
- ½ Cup cranberry jam or sauce
- ½ Cup Carmichael’s syrup or maple syrup
- 2 OZ Fireball Whiskey
- Add all ingredients to a saucepan
- Bring contents to a boil over medium heat. Boil for 10 minutes while stirring constantly.
- Once the mixture has reduced slightly and thickened, taste for desired level of fireball taste. If the fireball is too strong, continue to boil until the desired flavor is reached.
- Remove from heat and pour into a glass jar. Let cool to room temperature and then cover and store in the fridge.
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