Bourbon and Cider Pan Gravy

This gravy recipe works with or without pan drippings, but if you are roasting a turkey, we recommend adding the drippings here. It adds extra flavor you just can't replicate.

bourbon cider pan gravy
Photo: Carson Downing
Total Time:
15 mins
2 1/4 cups


  • Reserved drippings from a roast turkey

  • ¼ cup apple cider

  • 2 - 3 tablespoon bourbon or apple cider

  • No-salt-added turkey or chicken broth

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • Salt and pepper


  1. After roasting turkey, transfer to a cutting board. Pour drippings into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup. Skim off fat, reserving 1/4 cup fat. Add cider and bourbon to roasting pan, stirring to loosen brown bits. Add cider mixture to skimmed drippings. Add enough turkey broth to equal 2 cups.

  2. In a medium saucepan place reserved fat. Whisk in flour. Cook and stir over medium 1 minute. Add drippings mixture all at once. Cook and stir over medium until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute more. Season with kosher salt and black pepper. Makes 2 1/4 cups.


Prep as directed, using 1/4 cup butter in place of turkey fat. Combine cider and bourbon; add enough broth to equal 2 cups. Melt butter in saucepan and cook as directed in Step 2; cool slightly. Transfer to an airtight container; refrigerate up to 3 days. Reheat gravy in a saucepan. If you like, add 2 to 3 Tbsp. drippings from the turkey for extra flavor.

Take It Easy:

In a small saucepan stir together one 12-oz. jar purchased turkey gravy, 1/4 cup apple cider, and 2 Tbsp. bourbon; heat through. If you like, stir in 2 to 3 Tbsp. turkey drippings and 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh sage. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

56 Calories
4g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 56
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 1339mg 58%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0.1mg 1%
Potassium 10mg 0%
Folate, total 4.9mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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