Cooking with Cider: Glazed Ham for the Holidays

Looking for a different way to serve your holiday ham? Get some craft cider into the glaze for a flavorful twist, and pair it with the same cider or a festive beer.

Christopher Cina Dec 17, 2023 - 2 min read

Cooking with Cider: Glazed Ham for the Holidays Primary Image

Active preparation time: 20 minutes
Total time: 2½ hours
Serves: 8–10

  • One 8–10 lb boneless ham, fully cooked
  • 24 oz hard cider
  • ½ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • ½ cup apple jelly, warmed
  • 1 tsp allspice, ground
  • 3 cloves, whole

Preheat oven to 325°F (163°C). Score the ham, being careful not to cut into the meat. Place the ham in a roasting pan with 8 ounces of the hard cider. Bake for 2 hours or to an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C).

While the ham is baking, combine the remaining cider, sugar, orange juice, apple jelly, allspice, and cloves in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. When the ham reaches the designated temperature, use a pastry brush to brush the ham with the glaze. Reduce the oven heat to 250°F (121°C) and bake for an additional 30 minutes, brushing the ham with the glaze every 5–7 minutes.

Remove from oven, slice and serve.

Beer suggestions: Cook with the quality craft cider of your choice. Pair with a beer with a dark fruit and tannin component, such as Deschutes Abyss. If your taste leans more to the sour side, this also pairs well with an oud bruin, such as Rochefort Grand Cru.