Recipe: Nine Banded Whiskey Holiday Ham Glaze

Holiday ham ready for service

To finish off the holiday season in style, we’re using some of the good stuff from Nine Banded Whiskey for a holiday ham glaze unlike any you’ve had before. It’s equal parts sweet and nutty, and leaves your ham with a glazy crisp that will leave your guests wondering whether they’re enjoying dinner or an early savory dessert. Nine Banded makes their small batch whiskey with some of the purest water in Texas, and this recipe allows the clean flavor of Nine Banded’s signature blend to shine through on a foundation of sugary syrup and earthy spice.

Nine Banded Whiskey Holiday Ham Glaze


1 Red Wattle ham, cooked 

1 tbsp salt

3/4 cup tightly packed brown sugar

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup Nine Banded Small Batch Whiskey

2 cinnamon sticks

1 tbsp thyme

1 tbsp cloves 


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place ham in roasting pan and place in oven. Either insert heat-resistant thermometer deep into ham (avoiding the bone) or plan to check internal temperature often after about one hour. The ham is finished when the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees.

About 30 minutes prior to ham reaching temperature, place saucepan over low heat and combine dark brown sugar with water. Stirring slowly, allow the two to combine into a simple syrup.

Add Nine Banded Whiskey and continue to stir slowly until whiskey is incorporated.

Add salt, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and thyme. Whisk together until flavors have incorporated.

With 20 minutes left until ham is ready, brush the glaze generously all around surface of ham.

Reserve remaining glaze for service. Carve and serve.

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