Cranberry Fireball Sauce

Cranberry Fireball Sauce

By: Mika
Date: November 21, 2021

Cranberry Fireball sauce in a small white bowl


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!


Cranberry Fireball Sauce Ingredients:

Cranberry Fireball Sauce Ingredients from overhead shot


How to make Cranberry Fireball Sauce

  1. Heat! 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.
  2. 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

How long does this dish take? 15 minutes 

How much does this make? 6 servings

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. 

Can I pack this for lunch? Yup!  


Substitution Options

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 tsp salt, and 1 tbsp 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 tbsp 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 tsp ground cinnamon or one cinnamon stick (remove before serving) in addition to whiskey or bourbon.

Honey SyrupMaple syrup, brown sugar (if using brown sugar, use 3 tbsp 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.


Fun Fact! 

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 in a mason jar

Cranberry Fireball Sauce

This Cranberry Fireball Sauce is made with just three simple ingredients! It features tangy cranberries, 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!
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Course: sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cinnamon, cranberry, fireball, sauce, whiskey
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 131kcal


  • 1/2 Cup cranberry jam or sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Carmichael’s honey 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.



*Nutritional Information is an estimate, for informational purposes only*


Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg
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