Cranberry Whiskey Gravy

Cranberry Whiskey Gravy is the only gravy recipe you’re going to need this Thanksgiving! Homemade gravy doesn’t have to be hard, or boring!


Adding cranberry and whiskey to turkey gravy? Genius! Yeah, I’m sure it’s been done plenty of times but I’m not looking it up to find out.

I’m going to keep on thinking that this was only my idea for a little while longer.

We were pouring this gravy on EVERYTHING. Our turkey, of course. Our mashed potatoes, of course. Our stuffing, of course. But also the next night when we had oven fries…poured this gravy all over those things, kind of like a poutine.

You could use this gravy for so many things I suggest you try and make a double batch and freeze it for all of your leftovers.

The cranberry sauce not only gives the gravy an unbelievable flavor, but it also helps to thicken it. And the whiskey? Well that just makes everything taste better…as you already know.

So cook up your turkey or a turkey breast like we did and save all those drippings. (Save the carcass too to make some turkey soup!)

Don’t forget to let the drippings sit for a few minutes to let the grease rise to the top so you can skin it off. You definitely don’t want greasy gravy recipe.

No one wants greasy gravy.

In a large saucepan, melt a few tablespoons of butter and throw in a cup of diced onion. Let that cook down a few minutes then pour in the whiskey!


Sprinkle 1/4 cup of flour over the onions and whisk to combine.

Cook out the whiskey for a minute then slowly pour in the chicken stock and drippings, whisking as you go until it’s all mixed together with the flour and butter.

Season it up, add a sprig of fresh rosemary and let it simmer for 5 minutes to thicken.

It’s seriously the best homemade gravy recipe I’ve ever had…that’s a secret between me and you, don’t let my mom read this.


Can You Make Gravy Without Turkey Drippings?

You definitely can, it won’t be AS flavorful as the original recipe but it’s still going to be delicious. Use chicken stock in place of the turkey drippings and add a few more seasonings to the gravy at the end.

And yes, you can also leave the whiskey out of this gravy recipe, it’s still going to be delicious. Just omit the whiskey and proceed with the rest of the instructions.

Still going to be rock start status gravy.


Recipes To Serve With Gravy:

• Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

• Fried Poutine Wontons

• Homemade Sausage Stuffing

• Sheet Pan Chicken Murphy



Cranberry Whiskey Gravy

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: gravy
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American


This delicious, homemade gravy recipe has a kick from cranberry sauce and whiskey! You’ll never need another gravy recipe again!


  • 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.


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

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