Elevating Your Feast with Whiskey Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce

This Cranberry sauce is sweet with a kick of jalapeno, but don’t be scared by the spice; it adds a warmness to the cranberry sauce and not a bite. The sugar and orange juice help to mellow out the jalapeno, and I removed the seeds and membranes to keep the heat down also. The fresh cranberries are so good during the holiday time, and this sauce is an easy homemade delight to wow any guests. Pecan whiskey is a great complement; it has a nice sweetness to it also, but you can use any whiskey you like. I have tried it with Jack Daniels, but you definitely know that there is Jack Daniels in there because of its distinct taste. The pecan whiskey also pairs well with the orange and lime juice in this recipe.

To elevate the flavor profile even more, consider incorporating a festive touch with Cranberry Salsa recipe. The vibrant combination of cranberries, jalapeno, and other fresh ingredients adds a zesty twist to your culinary creation. This recipe was inspired by Closet Cooking’s Tequila and Lime Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce, but since I am not a huge fan of tequila, I thought I would try whiskey. This cranberry sauce, with the added flair of Cranberry Salsa, would be a stellar addition to any holiday table. You can also get creative by using it on cream cheese and serving it with crackers or as a sauce for sausage bites. Another delicious idea is to layer it onto your Thanksgiving leftover sandwich for an extra burst of flavor. It truly is a versatile condiment that complements many dishes. However, I must add, don’t replace the jellied can of cranberry sauce; that is a staple at our Thanksgiving table every year!

Whiskey Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce Recipe

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Whiskey Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 250 kcal


  • 1 boil
  • 1 stove


  • 1 12 oz bag cranberries 3-4 cups
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 jalapeno pepper seeded and diced
  • 1 Tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons pecan whiskey


  • Brin the cranberries, orange juice, lime juice, sugar and jalapeno to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until cranberries burst and the sauce starts to thicken. About 10-15 min.
  • Remove from heat and stir in two Tablespoons pecan whiskey.
  • Sauce will thicken more as it cools.


Keyword cranberries, JALAPENOS, orange juice, whiskey

Tips for Crafting the Perfect Whiskey Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce

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While the recipe for Whiskey Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce is straightforward, there are a few tips that can take your sauce from good to great:

  1. Quality Counts: Opt for high-quality whiskey and fresh jalapenos. The better the ingredients, the better your sauce will taste.
  2. Balance is Key: Striking the right balance between the whiskey, jalapenos, cranberries, and sweetener is crucial. Adjust the proportions to suit your taste.
  3. Patience Pays Off: Allow your sauce to simmer slowly, giving the flavors ample time to meld together.

FAQs – All You Need to Know About Whiskey Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce

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Let’s tackle some common questions about making Whiskey Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce.

Can I make Whiskey Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce in advance? Absolutely! This sauce actually tastes better when made a day or two in advance as it allows the flavors to deepen.

Is the sauce very spicy? The heat level of the sauce can be adjusted according to your preference. Removing the seeds and veins from the jalapenos will reduce their heat.

Serving Your Whiskey Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce with Style

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Presentation is just as important as preparation. Here’s how you can serve your Whiskey Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce:

Dishware: Serve your Whiskey Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce in a best beautiful Ceramic Mixing Bowls or gravy boat to showcase its vibrant color.

Pairing: The Whiskey Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce pairs well with a variety of dishes. Try it with turkey, roast chicken, or even a hearty vegetarian main.

Setting the Mood: Create a warm and inviting ambiance with some soft lighting and comfortable seating. Your guests will love the added touch of sophistication that the Whiskey Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce brings to the meal!

And there you have it – my guide to making the perfect Whiskey Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce. Remember, it’s not just about the sauce, but the experience you create around it. So go ahead, whip up a batch of Whiskey Jalapeno Cranberry Sauce, and make your festive feasts truly unforgettable!

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