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Homemade bourbon caramel sauce in a pink bowl

Bourbon Caramel Sauce Recipe

This decadent caramel sauce is spiked with bourbon for a deeper flavor and can be made in less than 30 minutes! Perfect to drizzle on desserts and in coffee!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon recipes, caramel recipe, caramel sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 16 tbsp
Calories: 107kcal
Author: Sam Adler


  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ¼ cup Water
  • ½ cup Cream room temperature
  • 5 tbsp Unsalted Butter cut into small pieces at room temperature
  • 2 tsp Bourbon Elijah Craig
  • tsp Salt


  • In a light colored heavy bottomed saucepan add 1 cup sugar and ¼ cup water over medium heat. Stir lightly.
  • As bubbles start to form in the center, continue lightly stirring with a silicone spatula or wooden spoon. About 5-10 minutes later the mixture will start to form clumps, and will start turning a yellowish color. Continue stirring until the clumps break down (don’t worry they will!) and the mixture has turned a deep amber color.
  • Turn down the heat to low and add in the butter a few pieces at a time. Be careful here because the mixture will bubble up high into the pan.
  • Stir vigorously until you have added in all the butter and it is combined.
  • Next stir in the ½ cup cream, and the bourbon- careful again as it will bubble up! Continue stirring until it’s all mixed together. This is where you would add the salt if you’re using it.
  • Cool the caramel slightly and pour into a glass container or mason jar and store in the fridge.


There is a lot of debate about whether to stir or not to stir caramel sauce. For me personally every time I have NOT stirred, it sadly ended up in the trash. 
I decided to stick with the stirring!
Yes there may be some crystallization on the sides because of all this, but I have found that because it gets so hard, it doesn't pour out back into the caramel when I go to stir it, so I will continue to stir my caramel recipes!
To make the sauce pourable, reheat in the microwave at 15 second intervals stirring in between.


Nutrition Facts
Bourbon Caramel Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 tbsp)
Calories 107 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 22mg1%
Potassium 7mg0%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 219IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.