Holiday Ham Glaze

Tried several premade recipes and all were too simple or just didn't taste good. Decided to make my own from scratch being I learned how to do things like this while getting my chef certification. Baste onto ham roughly every 10 to 20 minutes for at least the last hour of cooking time. For a more encrusted glaze, start basting the ham sooner.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
8 servings


  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar

  • ½ cup lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite®)

  • cup orange liqueur

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground cloves

  • teaspoon ground allspice

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Stir brown sugar, lemon-lime soda, orange liqueur, cloves, allspice, salt, and black pepper together in a saucepan; bring to a simmer and cook until glaze is reduced by 1/4, about 10 minutes.

  2. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into another saucepan. Bring mixture to a simmer again and cook until glaze is about the consistency of maple syrup, about 10 minutes more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

199 Calories
47g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 199
% Daily Value *
Sodium 34mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Total Sugars 44g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 35mg 3%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 56mg 1%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.