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Bourbon Cider Glazed Ham – The Perfect Holiday Ham

This Bourbon Cider Glazed Ham is the perfect holiday ham – glazed to perfection with a hint of smoky sweetness.

This recipe originally appeared on Cooking In Stilettos in April of 2012. The recipe has been updated with new photos and any recipe changes that I have incorporated over the years. This post may contain affiliate links to products I adore and use in my kitchen. Thank you for supporting Cooking In Stilettos.

I tend to be more of a traditionalist when it comes to the holidays. That means turkey for Thanksgiving, either ham or turkey for Christmas and definitely ham on Easter. However, after the nightmare of the Ham Burn of Christmas Long Ago, I’m sure you can understand why I tend to be a bit gun shy.

For Easter, I wanted to mix two of my favorite flavors – bourbon and cider – for a glaze that really would kick the ham into high gear. And, an added bonus is with a fully cooked ham, there would be no boiling, no drama and definitely none of those “what is in those” packets to glaze the ham.

When I began to cook the ham, I started with the ham cut side down in the roasting pan and, halfway through the process, flipped it up on its side. The cider in the roasting pan also added some serious flavor and the glaze, – well – I have to say that this glaze ROCKED! There is nothing like a little Makers Mark to bring some flavor to the party. I served the ham with a bit of the reserved glaze drizzled over the meat.  As is the case with most holidays, it is ham for days around these parts, which now presents a new opportunity – what to do with the leftovers.  Of course I love using this ham in my Bampa’s Ham Croquettes, in this Cuban Black Bean Soup or in a delicious Croque Madame Bread Pudding or sweet potato hash, perfect for the morning after.


For the holidays, this Bourbon Cider Glazed Ham will be your tried and true holiday ham recipe.  Your family and friends will swoon with every bite!


On to the recipe:


Gather the ingredients

Bourbon Cider Glazed Ham - Ingredients |

Basting with a bit of fresh apple cider

Bourbon Cider Glazed Ham - Apple Cider |

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Tim to Glaze and Back to the Oven

Bourbon Cider Glazed Ham - Glazing the Ham |

 Pure Ham Perfection

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Bourbon Cider Glazed Ham – The Perfect Holiday Ham

This Bourbon Cider Glazed Ham is the perfect holiday ham – glazed to perfection with just a few ingredients and a hint of smoky sweetness!

10 minPrep Time

1 hr, 30 Cook Time

1 hr, 40 Total Time

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  • 4-5 pound fully cooked, spiral cut, bone-in ham
  • 2 cups of Apple Cider, divided
  • 1/3 cup of light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/3 cup of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely minced
  • 1 cup of Bourbon


  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line your roasting pan with aluminum foil for easy cleanup.
  3. Place the ham, cut side down, in the roasting pan.
  4. Pour 1 cup of the apple cider over the ham and place in the oven.
  5. Let the ham roast in the oven for 45 minutes while you prepare the glaze.
  6. On a stove, in a heavy bottomed saucepan, add the remaining cider, brown sugar, mustard, and garlic. Whisk to combine. Let the mixture come to a boil and then turn off the heat.
  7. Off the heat, whisk in the bourbon and return to the heat.Bring the bourbon cider glaze to a boil and reduce to a simmer until the mixture is reduced by half.
  8. When it is reduced, set aside a small amount for serving.
  9. After 45 minutes, remove the ham from the oven and flip the ham so it is resting on its side.
  10. Glaze the ham with the bourbon cider mixture and continue to baste about every 15 – 20 minutes until the ham is fully heated through and the glaze has formed a nice, crisp coating.
  11. Remove the ham from the oven and let it rest for 15 minutes or so before serving.
  12. Enjoy



2958 cal


129 g


153 g


299 g
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