Cider Maple Cranberry Sauce with Bitters


  • 12 ounces fresh whole cranberries
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup cider
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Bourbon
  • 1/2 teaspoon bitters, such as Bittermen’s
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • pinch of fine sea salt


Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer approximately 10 minutes until the cranberries start to burst. Cool completely and then chill in refrigerator. Cranberry sauce will thicken. Serve chilled.