Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots

Try these scrumptious Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots for dinner guests or holiday entertaining. A few simple ingredients make for a special occasion side dish!

Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots | An easy way to transform carrots into a restaurant worthy side dish!

Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots

Years ago, I was given a bottle of bourbon spiked maple syrup. Besides being a decadent pancake topper, I whipped up these elegant glazed carrots for an upscale holiday side dish.

Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots | An easy way to transform carrots into a restaurant worthy side dish!

Not Just for Holidays

These bourbon maple glazed carrots can definitely be reserved for company or family holiday dinners, but they’re so easy to make, I wouldn’t recommend it. These carrots are a super simple side dish that takes a bit of time to cook, since reducing the glaze takes about 30 minutes after already having to cook the carrots. But ask my hubby, and he’d tell you they were worth the wait!Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots | An easy way to transform carrots into a restaurant worthy side dish!

Tips for Cooking Glazed Carrots

The addition of maple syrup and bourbon give some zest to ordinary carrots. If you don’t like cooking with alcohol, feel free to leave it out. If you’re serving to children, the long reducing time should boil out almost all the alcohol.

  • Make sure the carrots are covered in the chicken broth, syrup, bourbon and butter so they all cook at the same rate.
  • For a vegetarian version, feel free to use vegetable stock.
  • Reduce the glaze to about 1 cup. The time will vary depending on how vigorously the liquid is boiling.
  • If your chicken stock is salty, you may not need to add any extra salt to the carrots. Taste before seasoning. A little black pepper is recommended.
Our dogs love carrots, and come running when they hear the vegetable peeler. Here’s Lambeau, circa 2010.

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Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots

Serves 8     adjust servings

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hr


  • 3 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into thick diagonal slices
  • 4-5 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1-2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Salt, to taste (taste before seasoning)


In a large saucepan, combine carrots, chicken stock, maple syrup, bourbon and butter.  Bring to a boil, then decrease to a simmer till carrots are tender, 30-40 minutes.

Remove carrots to a bowl, leaving the liquid in the pan.  Bring the liquid to a gentle boil, and reduce the mixture to 1-1 1/4 cups, about 30 minutes.  Return carrots to the pan and add vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.  Serve.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 230kcal Calories from fat 70
% Daily Value
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 19mg 6%
Sodium 785mg 33%
Carbohydrate 35g 12%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 22g
Protein 5g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. I didn’t know there was a bourbon maple syrup. What a neat flavor to add to carrots to really take them up a notch.

  2. Yum! Those look delish. I love carrots. I’m going to have to make this.
    ~ Kelly Marie

  3. Lisa, my husband adores carrots glazed with brown sugar and butter, so he really liked these…and you’re right, up a notch from the typical veggies we eat!

  4. I don’t know if we have bourbon maple syrup here in Greece, but even we don’t I can use plain maple syrup and add a splash of bourbon. They look delicious.

  5. Kelly Marie and katerina, thanks so much for stopping by! I doubt I’ll buy another bottle of the bourbon maple syrup since it should be just as good with the substitution. Hope you enjoy!!!

  6. Oh your dog is adorable.My dog makes that face too when he knows im doing something on the counter.I’ll make this today.It looks delicious.I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I’d love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this Carrot widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about carrots, Thanks!

  7. baking.serendipity says:

    I love glazed carrots, but have never made them like this before! These look fantastic! Wishing you a great Thanksgiving 🙂

  8. Oh, these look so great! What a great twist on a carrot dish! (Your dog is soooo cute too!)

    Great blog! Happy I found you!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  9. Alisa, I’ll be happy to when I get home from my Thanksgiving holiday!

    Mary and Bakingserendpity, thanks so much for the nice comments 🙂

  10. Lizzy-Such a nice addition to the holiday table, with a festive bourbon addition. Glazed carrots are one of our favorite too, and this is yummy.
    Also love your pumpkin pie, with the cute little pumpkin designs. Superb recipes.
    Your such a good wife and mom to prepare ahead of time the Thanksgiving feast for your hubby and daughter.
    HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING with your boys, and parents!

  11. Thanks, Lizzie…wishing you a marvelous Thanksgiving, too!

  12. I need to check out Melissa’s recipe, Kate! Thanks!

  13. what a delicious blog! here is so many uncanny inspirations!

    have a nice time,

  14. Thanks so much, Paula! Welcome 🙂

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