Drizzling homemade Bourbon Caramel Sauce onto a sundae
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4-Ingredient Bourbon Caramel Sauce

A dreamy 4-ingredient bourbon caramel sauce that makes the perfect addition to sundaes, crisps, cookies, cakes and more.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 20
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 1 Month


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp bourbon*
  • 1 pinch salt (optional)


  1. Simmer sugar and water on medium heat, swirling pan NOT stirring for about 15 minutes or until a deep amber color is reached. Watch closely as not to let it burn.

  2. Turn off burner and remove from heat and slowly add cream while stirring.
  3. Add pinch of salt and bourbon and place back on still-warm burner for another minute while stirring.
  4. Transfer to a heat-safe dish or bottle and let cool. Store covered in the refrigerator and bring to room temp or heat in a warm water bath before serving. You can also just simply microwave the jar for 30 seconds before each use without affecting the texture or flavor.


*We used Evan Williams Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey, but use whatever high-quality bourbon you have.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 20)