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Salted Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce

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Last Updated on October 10, 2023 by Leah Hall

One of our favorite sweet treats to be enjoyed in desserts and drinks, butterscotch sauce recipe!


Ever since the weather started turning cold and we started making fall focused cocktails, we have been making lots of drinks full of apple, spices and maple. One flavor that we have been absolutely in love with is a butterscotch. When we busted out a brown sugar syrup for our Bourbon Butterbeer Cocktail, it really got us in the mood for more butterscotch everything. So of course, this resulted in us coming up with our Salted Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce recipe.


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When most people think of butterscotch, they think about the old hard candies that you used to get when you would visit your grandparents. Rather than those hard candies, we prefer to make a butterscotch sauce recipe that is great for using in cocktails, adding as a drizzle on ice cream, or as a sweetener in a dessert coffee.


A lot of people think that butterscotch and caramel are the same thing, but there is one key difference, the type of sugar used.


Salted Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce in mason jar, blue bowl of salt, flowers and jigger

Butterscotch uses brown sugar which makes for a darker, more deep flavor than the granulated sugar used in caramel. The brown sugar has molasses in it (which is why it is brown) which gives a fully rounded sweetness. Also, it hits more taste buds than just the sweet buds. When combined with butter and cream, the brown sugar becomes a delicious dark toasty butterscotch sauce.

White ceramic spoon dripping Salted Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce into a mason jar

We wanted to add another layer of flavor to the plain butterscotch sauce, so we did what we do best (add booze to stuff!) Then we incorporated some bourbon into our butterscotch sauce while we were cooking the sauce. Adding the bourbon in at the cooking point boils most of the alcohol out, but leaves the big flavors of the bourbon.

The bourbon adds a hit of oak from the barrels it is aged in, while adding a lighter caramel flavor and hints of vanilla.

Salted Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce in jar with blue bowl of salt, jigger, white bottle and flowers

What Ingredients are Needed for the Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce?

  • Vanilla Extract
  • Sea Salt
  • Bourbon
  • Heavy Cream
  • Brown Sugar
  • Butter


We love salted caramel, so we figured that since butterscotch is the close cousin of caramel sauce, adding a little salt in to our Salted Bourbon Butterscotch sauce recipe would be a good idea. The salt brings out some of the subtle flavors while adding a nice contrast to the sweetness of the sugar.


Salty and sweet, our Salted Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce is fantastic on top of vanilla or chocolate ice cream, a great addition to desserts like apple or peach crisp, and of course a great addition to some cocktails! Give our Salted Bourbon Butterscotch sauce a try and you might just find yourself putting it on everything!


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Salted Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce in jar, blue bowl with salt, white flowers and white jar behind
Yield: 1

Salted Boubon Butterscotch Sauce

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

A bourbon filled version of caramel, this butterscotch is a darker, richer flavor.


Salted Bourbon Butterscotch Sauce

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon bourbon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cream


Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.

Bring to a boil on medium heat.

Reduce to low when it starts to boil. Cook for 5 minutes.

Pull off heat and cool.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 3.3gSaturated Fat: 2.1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 55mgCarbohydrates: 4.7gFiber: 0gSugar: 4.6gProtein: 0.1g

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Saturday 8th of September 2018

Delicious and so dang easy!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 8th of September 2018

Thanks so much! We think so too, cheers!


Friday 17th of November 2017

How do you recommend storing the sauce? Should it be refrigerated after opening?

The 'Noms.

Saturday 25th of November 2017

Yes, after you make the sauce it should be refrigerated. When you are ready to use after it's cold, just pop it in the microwave for a short heat up, and you are good to go! Hope you enjoy it!


Saturday 16th of September 2017

So excited to make this up. Perfect hostess gifts for the holidays. I plan on making numerous mason jars for holiday hand outs this year.

The 'Noms.

Wednesday 20th of September 2017

Thanks, hope you enjoy it! You may want to keep it all for yourself, though!


Friday 25th of November 2016

I feel like this would be good in coffee or on ice cream . Yummy!


Wednesday 23rd of November 2016

This looks like a great idea for neighborhood Christmas gifts! Does this make one jar serving? Thanks!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 26th of November 2016

A very small jar, it makes about 8 oz for the serving. That would be a lovely gift!

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