Homemade Bourbon Applesauce

This Homemade Bourbon Applesauce tastes so much better than store bought! A delicious side dish for holidays, parties or every day dinners!

This fun and boozy homemade applesauce goes with so many dinners like our Bourbon Glazed Ham or this Garlic Herb Roast Beef, just to name a few. But this applesauce is so easy to make, we’ll make it for every day meals like a Simple Roast Chicken or these Slow Cooker Pork Chops!

Homemade applesauce in a dish with cinnamon sticks

Why You’ll Love This Homemade Bourbon Applesauce

Adding a splash of apple bourbon to this homemade applesauce recipe really kicks up the flavor, in the best way ever. Of course, you can make this applesauce without the bourbon, but we really hope you try it as is because it’s crazy delicious.

As much as we like making this Homemade Bourbon Applesauce for holidays and parties, it’s easy enough to make for weeknight meals, too! It’s the perfect recipe to make in the fall after you’ve gone apple picking, but we love this applesauce so much we make it all year long.

How Do You Make Homemade Applesauce?

We’re making this applesauce a little but different than most, but we found that it’s easy and even more tasty. A typical homemade applesauce recipe starts by cooking down apples in a little bit of water to soften them.

But water doesn’t add flavor, so we decided to cook down our apples in butter and brown sugar to get a caramelized feeling. And unlike your typical applesauce recipe we’re adding a little bit of apple bourbon to make it stand out from the rest.

Bourbon applesauce in a red bowl with sliced apples

Once the apples have softened, pour the apple bourbon into the skillet (turn the heat off for a minute if you have a live flame) and let the bourbon cook out for 5 minutes. Add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract, stir and let cook for 15 minutes to blend the flavors.

Pour the applesauce into a bowl and let cool slightly, then mash with a potato masher until you get the texture that you like. We like a few chunks left in our applesauce, but if you like it smooth just keep on mashing. Of course if you like a smooth applesauce, you can also transfer to a blender.

If you don’t want to use the bourbon for this recipe, just swap out apple juice or water instead.

Homemade Bourbon applesauce in a red bowl with spoon

What Are The Best Apples To Use For Homemade Applesauce?

There are a lot of opinions about what kind of apples to use to make applesauce from scratch but I have to say, just use what you like to eat. Of course, a granny smith apple will produce a more tart applesauce, but you can always just add more sugar.

Also don’t be afraid to use different kinds of apples! Sometimes we make this applesauce when we have a bunch of different apples leftover from the week or from a recipe that we were making, it’s really all good.

As long as you follow the proportions in the recipe here, you’ll end up with absolutely delicious homemade applesauce.

Homemade applesauce on a serving spoon with cinnamon

How Long Will Homemade Applesauce Stay Good For?

As long as you keep the applesauce covered in the refrigerator, this Homemade Bourbon Applesauce will keep for about a week. Ours usually doesn’t last that long but if you have a double batch from a party, you’ve got a least a week or so to get through it.

Like we mentioned before, this applesauce will go with so many different meals, but it’s also great as a dessert! Eat it as is or serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a big dollop of whipped cream.

You can also freeze any leftover applesauce that doesn’t get used up so really, go ahead and make a triple batch.

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Homemade Bourbon applesauce in a red bowl with spoon

Homemade Bourbon Applesauce

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x

This homemade applesauce recipe is kicked up with a splash of apple bourbon! A perfect side dish for holidays, BBQ’s or every day dinners!



  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 pounds apples, peeled, cored and cut into large chunks
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (plus more if you like a sweeter applesauce)
  • 3 ounces apple bourbon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Add the butter to pot or large, deep skillet over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the apples and brown sugar and stir. Cook the apples in the butter and brown sugar for 5 minutes.
  2. Carefully pour in the bourbon (turn off the flame if you have a gas stove) stir, and simmer for 5 minutes to cook out the alcohol. Add the water, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla extract and cook on low heat for 10-15 minutes until the apples are very soft. Cover the apples for the last 5 minutes if you find that your apples aren’t soft enough.
  3. Pour the applesauce into a large bowl and let cool slightly. Mash with a potato masher until you have the texture that you like. Let the applesauce cool to room temperature and then store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 10 days. You can also transfer the applesauce to a blender if you want a smoother texture.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t want to use the bourbon in this recipe just substitute the liquid with apple juice or water.

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

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4 Responses
  1. Cathy

    I have several questions! :)b

    1) Can this be made in the slow cooker?

    2) Can you use a blender or immersion blender – we like our applesauce smooth. and finally

    3) I have grandchildren, does the bourbon cook off?

    Sounds delicious! Thanks

    1. Dan

      You can make this in a slow cooker, just follow the steps until right before the 10 minute simmer and then add to your slow cooker. It will only need a couple of hours on low, but you can probably leave it up to 4 hours. And yes, you can use an immersion blender if you like it smooth! Also, there’s only 3 tablespoons of bourbon in this recipe and you do cook it off, we give it to our boys and it’s honestly fine! But you can swap out apple juice for the bourbon if you’re concerned. We hope you like it!

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