The Best Caramel Sauce Recipe (with Whiskey)

This is the very best caramel sauce recipe - and the secret ingredient is a touch of whiskey. I use this sauce in recipes, over ice cream, and on top of desserts.

Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1/4 cup Whiskey
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla


  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Then add the sugar and whisk until melted.
  2. Add the whiskey, salt, and vanilla. Let simmer steadily for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add the cream and let the sauce slowly simmer and reduce for 20-25 minutes, until it has thickened. Stir every few minutes. You want the caramel to be thick enough to for a thick layer to stick on the back of a spoon.
  4. Pour the sauce into mason jars and store in the fridge for up to a week, or use it in a recipe.