Bourbon Apple Butter

Bourbon Apple Butter

  • Author: A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 4 cups
  • Category: condiment
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


5 pounds any sweet apple, peeled, cored and diced small (1/4-inch dice)

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 cup good quality Kentucky Bourbon (we used Jim Beam)

¼ cup water

1 cup brown sugar, packed

½ cup apple liquor (this is our favorite brand) or apple juice

2 tablespoons molasses

2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon allspice

¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

½ teaspoon salt


Coat apples with lemon juice as you cut and place in a medium to large nonstick pot.

Add bourbon and water and bring to a boil, cover and cook on a low boil for 10 minutes.

Add brown sugar, apple liquor, molasses, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves and salt.

Cover, bring to a boil, lower to a simmer with cover off side letting a little steam escape.

Cook for 30 minutes, stirring often towards the last five to ten minutes as the liquid evaporates.

Puree in a blender or with an immersion blender until creamy.

Can using the water bath method.

Keywords: bourbon apple butter