Bourbon And Peach Christmas Ham Glaze Recipe

8 - 10
1 hr 30 min

Every Christmas table needs a delicious centrepiece. Our bourbon and peach Christmas ham glaze is the perfect addition.

The glaze has the boozy flavour of bourbon that every Christmas ham needs with the sweet addition of the peach to give it that sticky finish. Let us share with you all our top tips to creating a perfect ham this Christmas.

Glazed ham on Christmas table

For more delicious ideas for your dinner table this holidays, take a look at our collection of fish and seafood appetizer recipes or wow your guests with a stunning baked salmon. Or try our beautiful smoked salmon dip for the perfect Christmas nibbles.

You will need

  • 1 Ham (pre cooked) either a bone in whole or half ham or a bone out cut. We highly recommend for a special event like Christmas speaking to your local butcher about what is available and pre ordering your ham.
  • 1 large deep oven dish - large enough for the piece size of ham. Make sure you check ahead of time that you have the right size dish!

For the glaze:

  • Fresh peaches - if fresh aren't available you can use canned.
  • Brown sugar
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Ground cumin
  • Ground coriander
  • Bourbon - we used a honey bourbon but use what’s available to you.
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Food processor
  • Basting brush.
Ingredient image for ham glaze.

Basting ham leg.

Bourbon and peach ham glaze

There are only 3 simple steps to creating this delicious glaze:

  1. On a medium heat reduce the peaches, brown sugar and lemon juice to a jam like consistency.
  2. Add the ground cumin and coriander, bourbon and vinegar to the saucepan. Bring to the boil, then remove from the heat.
  3. Cool a little then blend in a small food processor till smooth. Set aside until you are ready to glaze the ham.
Christmas ham served on the table.

We hope our guide and tips help you glaze your ham to perfection and take a little stress out of the Christmas cooking this year.

We know this bourbon and peach Christmas ham glaze will be a delicious addition to your holiday table.

Happy cooking!

Bourbon And Peach Christmas Ham Glaze Recipe
Recipe details
  • 8  - 10
  • Prep time: 40 Minutes Cook time: 50 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 30 min
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  • 1 Ham (pre cooked) We used a 2.5 kg ham (See note 1)
Ham Glaze
  • 2 Fresh peaches Diced (or substitute for canned peaches)
  • 120 g Brown sugar (4.2g)
  • 1 Lemon (Juice only)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground coriander
  • 100 ml Bourbon (3.3 fl oz) (See note 2)
  • 1 tablespoon Red wine vinegar

Preheat your oven to 160 °C / 320 °F
To prepare the glaze
Heat a medium sized saucepan on a medium heat. Add the peaches, brown sugar and lemon juice, reduce this down to a jam like consistency.
Add the cumin, coriander, honey bourbon and vinegar, bring to a boil and then remove from the heat. Blend in a small food processor until smooth. Set aside until you are ready to glaze the ham.
Prepare the ham
Take the ham leg and carefully remove the skin layer, by sliding your knife under the skin, do this in sections making sure you don't cut into the meat or remove too much of the fat layer.
Score a crisscross pattern in the fat layer of the ham about 5mm deep making sure not to cut into the meat layer and keeping a 3cm space between each slice.
Place the ham onto a large oven dish and add a cup of water to the bottom of the tray.
Generously brush the glaze over the ham and into the scored slices, keeping some back for extra basting.
Cook the ham
Place the ham into the pre heated oven on a lower rack and baste every 30 minutes, cook for 50 minutes. (See note 3 regarding cooking times)
Remove from the oven and cover to rest for at least 60 minutes. While resting continue basting by spooning the juices from the dish over the ham.
Serve and enjoy!
  • Note 1 - Choose either a bone in or boneless ham. For portion size we recommend around boneless ham allow for 200 g /0.45 lb per person or for bone in ham allow 300g / 0.65 lb per person.
  • Note 2 - We used Honey Bourbon but regular bourbon will work great too.
  • Important note on cooking times:
  • Note 3 - cook at 160 °C /320 °F, for 10 minutes for every 500g / 1.1lb.
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