Bourbon Spice Applesauce

It's time to shake up the classic homemade applesauce recipe! Let's add a splash of Bourbon and freshly squeezed orange juice, then give it a swirl and simmer with a few apples, a vanilla bean, and cinnamon stick. This is a 'no fuss' recipe that doesn't need any babysitting. Just toss in the ingredients, let simmer for a while, then it's ready. Full of delicious apples, this no sugar added recipe is sweet enough for dessert or fiber-full enough to be an afternoon snack. Plus, when simmering, this recipe will make your kitchen smell like the holidays!

  • Author: Michele Sidorenkov, RDN
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Method: Stewing
  • Cuisine: American


Units Scale
  • 4 apples (preferably Golden Delicious)
  • 2 oranges, juiced (preferably Naval or Cara Cara)
  • 1 cup Bourbon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 vanilla bean (can substitute with 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)

Garnish: Dash of powdered cinnamon


  1. Prepare the apples by peeling (optional), cutting into quarters, and removing the stem and seeds. Using a knife, split the vanilla bean down the middle.
  2. Add all ingredients to a pot and stir making sure the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean are submerged in the liquid.
  3. Cover the pot with a lid and simmer on medium heat for 45 minutes - 1 hour. You can stir once or twice but it is not required.
  4. Once the apples are nice and soft, take the pot off the heat and discard the cinnamon stick and vanilla bean.
  5. Using an emersion blender, puree the apples in the pot with the remaining liquid until you reach your desired consistency.
  6. Enjoy warm or chill in the refrigerator before serving.


For a really rustic apple sauce texture, use a food mill with the medium disk instead of an emersion blender.

You can substitute some or all of the Bourbon with more freshly squeezed orange juice or water.

Each 1/2 cup serving is equal to 1 1/4 serving of fruit.


Keywords: Bourbon applesauce