homemade turkey gravy with fresh rosemary

Cranberry Whiskey Gravy

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x

This Cranberry Whiskey Gravy is the only gravy recipe you’re going to need this Thanksgiving! Homemade gravy is actually easy to make with these few simple steps!



  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup onion, diced fine
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (this will depend on how salty your drippings are so you could add the salt at the end if you like)
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup turkey drippings
  • 1/4 cup cranberry sauce (canned)
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 ounce whiskey (We used Jim Beam Maple)


  1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat, then add the onions and cook for 10 minutes until softened. Don’t skip this step, the onions add tons of flavor to the gravy.
  2. Next, carefully pour in the whiskey, whisk and cook down for one minute.
  3. Sprinkle in the flour and whisk to combine with the butter and onions and cook for a minute more.
  4. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and drippings, then add the rosemary to the pan.
  5. Bring to simmer and cook 5 minutes to thicken.
  6. Whisk in the cranberry sauce and taste for seasonings.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have a cup of drippings from your turkey just add in more chicken broth to equal 2 cups of liquid.

  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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