Bourbon Caramel Sauce

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Bourbon Ice Cream Caramel Sundae
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Your ice cream needs this rich, salty, bourbon-spiked sauce. Trust us. Just be careful not to let the sugar burn.

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Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Yield: 3 cups

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 18 minutes


3 cups sugar

⅔ cup water

1 cup heavy cream

6 tablespoons maple syrup

½ cup bourbon

6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small cubes

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Flaky sea salt, to taste


1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar and water, and bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, using a wet pastry brush to push down any crystalized sugar pieces around the inside of the saucepan. Continue boiling until deep amber in color, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in the cream.

2. Return the pan to medium-high heat, then stir in the maple syrup and bourbon. Cook at a low boil for 1 minute, until a thick, smooth sauce forms. Remove from the heat and add the butter and vanilla, whisking until smooth. Season with salt and serve warm or at room temperature. Make ahead: The sauce can be made up to 1 week ahead. Cover and chill until ready to use.

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