Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Preparation info
  • Makes about

    2 cups

    • Difficulty


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From Scratch: 10 Meals, 175 Recipes, and Dozens of Techniques You Will Use Over and Over

By Michael Ruhlman

Published 2019

  • About

This is a super-easy caramel sauce, equal parts sugar and cream, flavored with bourbon. Remember to add the cream slowly to the melted sugar, the hottest thing in your kitchen; the moisture will vaporize instantly and foam violently until the sugar has cooled.


  • 1 cup/200 grams sugar
  • Water, as needed
  • 1 cup


Put the sugar in a high-sided saucepan with a few tablespoons of water—just enough to coat it all (it should look like wet sand). Put the pan over medium heat and cook the sugar until it turns a deep amber color; occasionally swirl the sugar in the pan to ensure even cooking, but don’t stir it. This can take several minutes. You’ll know you’re getting close when the sugar around the edges begin