Homemade Gift Idea: Caramel Whiskey Sauce

It’s kind of a long story, but a few months ago I was introduced to the idea of a whiskey sauce. It may or may not have involved me sorely loosing a cooking competition.

I’m not bitter.

On the up side, my world was opened to the concept of bread pudding with Tennessee whiskey sauce. Those are two things, either separate or together, that I would not have imagined eating. Now? Call me a convert.

Fast forward a few weeks later when I had some of my female co-workers over for a small gathering. I decided that we’d top off our meal with warm gingerbread (I’m not quite ready to serve my so-so bread pudding to a crowd) with whipped cream and…you guessed it…this caramel whiskey sauce.

The saddest part of all of this was that I had to Google Tennessee whiskey to know what kind to buy. I’m more for wine than whiskey—what can I say?

After one taste I knew I’d be saving this post for the Homemade Gifts portion of the Dare to DIY party. This could be the perfect gift for neighbors, co-workers, friends or family members. It was great on top of gingerbread, but I could also see it on ice cream, the infamous bread pudding, brownies…the list is endless.

This recipe makes about one pint, which is more than enough for one family. It might be wise to break this into even smaller jars to get more gifting for your effort—a little of this does go a long way.

Whiskey Caramel Sauce
(makes about 1 pint)


  • 1 ½ c. granulated sugar
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1 ¼ c. whipping cream
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • ¼ c. Tennessee whiskey


  • Heat sugar and water over medium-high heat until bubbles form and mixture is simmering.
  • DO NOT STIR. Occasionally lift pan from heat and gently swirl mixture to prevent burning
  • In about 10 minutes, the mixture will start to caramelize; continue to simmer until the mixture is a dark amber color
  • Reduce heat to low and stir in the whipping cream with a whisk until the mixture is blended and smooth.  Be careful, very hot steam will come out of the pan when you pour in the cream.  The mixture will start to clump with the addition of the cream—don’t fret and keep stirring, it will smooth out!
  • Remove pan from heat, stir in vanilla and whiskey, and let cool.  Serve or refrigerate.

Are you making any gifts for Christmas this year? If you need some inspiration, be sure to stop by this week’s Dare to DIY Challenge at Maybe Matilda.

Happy gifting!



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