Old fashioned glazed ham gets its name from an old fashioned cocktail. This is not an old style glazed ham recipe at all! Whisky lovers, you will love this one.
This year I present to you my boozy Christmas ham for 2020, the Old Fashioned Glazed Ham, because 2020 sure the hell needs it.
Only three ingredients in the glaze, all taken from the classic old fashioned cocktail. It's decorated with slices of orange and cherries, just as you would the drink. Be generous with your basting as it bakes and you will be rewarded with a sticky delicious ham.
- Oranges: Sliced to decorate the ham
- Brown Sugar: Brown sugar gives the ham a richer caramel taste.
- Glace Cherries: Purely for decoration as a maraschino cherry would adorn your cocktail.
- Whisky: The boozy component and the guts behind the glaze. Unfortunately you can't substitute the whisky. Have a look at my pineapple ham glaze recipes if you are not a whisky fan. Or can't use alcohol in cooking.
- Bitters: Yes it is a little unusual but is a key ingredient in an old fashioned. I use orange bitters, but you can use the easy to obtain Angostura bitters. Unlike the whisky, this can be omitted. I say keep it in as it is such a fun twist.
Recipe Walk Through
Read my How to Cook a Ham Guide in addition to the recipe walk through below. It will give you all the tips and tricks you need for the perfect ham.
In a small bowl mix brown sugar, whisky, and bitters until well combined.
Spoon a liberal amount of old fashioned glaze over the ham.
Cover with orange slices. Overlapping the orange slices as you go.
Secure each slice in place with half a cherry and a toothpick that has been cut in half.
Place in the oven and bake for the required time (refer to the above mentioned guide for correct cooking time for the size of your ham).
Baste with pan juices every 10-15 minutes until the end of cooking time. Make sure to get those sticky pan juices under the orange slices as well. If the orange slices start to burn cover with aluminium foil.
Give the ham one final baste before serving.
Place leftover pan juices in a small bowl to serve along with the ham. Re-heat juices if necessary for serving.
Old Fashioned Glazed Ham
- mixing bowl + spoon
- chopping board + sharp knife
- baking/roasting tin
- roasting rack
- 1 ham of your choice | refer to our how to cook a ham guide for size and type of ham
- 165 grams (¾ cup) brown sugar
- 85 mls (one third cup) whisky
- 4 dashes orange bitters | use Angostura bitters if you don't have orange
Decorating the Ham
- 1-2 oranges | cut into thin slices
- 5-10 glace cherries | cut in half
- Pre-heat oven 180°C (360°F)
- Prepare ham, and ready it for the oven as instructions in our how to cook a ham guide.
- In a small bowl mix brown sugar, whisky, and bitters until well combined.
- Spoon a liberal amount of old fashioned glaze over the ham.
- Cover the ham with orange slices. Secure each slice in place with half a cherry and a toothpick that has been cut in half.
- Place ham in the oven and bake for the required time (refer to the above mentioned guide for correct cooking time for size of ham you have).
- Baste the ham with leftover glaze and pan juices every 10-15 minutes until the end of cooking time.If the orange slices start to burn cover with aluminium foil.
- Give the ham one final baste before serving with the pan juices.
- Place leftover pan juices in a small bowl to serve along with the ham. Re-heat juices if necessary for serving.
All measurements are Australian metric standard. All measures are level, and cups are lightly packed unless specified. 1 teaspoon = 5ml / 1 tablespoon = 20mls / 1 cup = 250ml /4 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon.
- 1 teaspoon equals 5ml
- 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml (Nth America, NZ & UK use 15ml tablespoons)
- 1 cup equals 250ml (Nth America use 237ml)
- 4 teaspoons equals 1 tablespoon
- I use the below unless specified in my recipes;
The recipe's nutritional information is an approximation based on an online calculator. It is meant solely for reference purposes. If you're looking for precise details, be sure to double-check with your own research.
More Glazed Ham Recipes
As mentioned above do read my How to Cook a Ham tutorial, it will give you all the tips and tricks you need for the perfect ham. You will find delicious ham and turkey recipes in the Christmas dinner recipes section of Belly Rumbles.