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Salted Caramel Whiskey Cocktail Recipe

Salted Caramel Whiskey is a smooth, warm, and buttery cocktail, that makes the perfect after-dinner drink. Sip it hot or cold, and better yet, with a friend!

Salted Caramel Bourbon | Hostess At Heart

Salted Caramel Whiskey Cocktail recipe makes the perfect warm sipper on a cold winter evening or chilled on a summer day.

This salted caramel cocktail is like a warm hug on the inside out.

It’s quick and easy to make and just a little to easy to drink.

Not long ago John and I visited one of our favorite restaurants. After dinner, the bartender said he had an after dinner cocktail he wanted us to try.

He warmed what we learned was a Salted Caramel Bourbon. That cocktail is the start of long conversations because it demands that you just sit back, sip and relax.

We asked for the recipe and were told that the other bartender had come up with this one, and he wasn’t sharing.

Salted Caramel Bourbon | Hostess At Heart

All he knew is that they used his mystery mix and “Old Forester Bourbon Whiskey”.

Well, how can you walk away from a challenge like that?

I’d say that this Salted Caramel Whiskey cocktail met and surpassed that challenge!

Salted Caramel Whiskey Drink Recipe Ingredients

  • Old Forrester Bourbon Whiskey – This is not an expensive bourbon whiskey and it’s not the smoothest we’ve ever had either. However, it works perfectly in this whiskey cocktail.
  • Brown sugar – we prefer dark because of the rich molasses notes but the light is fine too.
  • Light Karo syrup – corn syrup
  • Vanilla – We used pure vanilla extract.
  • Sea salt – we used Fleur De Sel but any flaked salt will work.

How to Make a Salted Caramel Bourbon cocktail

  1. Brown sugar simple syrup – Combine the brown sugar, vanilla extract, vanilla, and water in a medium-sized saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn it down to a simmer Cook until the contents are reduced by half.
  2. Stir the salt into the brown sugar simple syrup and cool completely.
  3. Mix the simple syrup with the bourbon whiskey at a 1:1 ratio. Adjust the amount of simple syrup based on how sweet you like it.
  4. Serve warm or chilled. Garnish with a small amount of salt if desired.

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This recipe doesn’t need any fancy cocktail shakers. I had some pretty little shot glasses which is what we served our whiskey cocktail in.

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This Salted Caramel Whiskey cocktail is smooth, warm, buttery, and a little too easy to drink. We’ve enjoyed it warm and chilled. It’s delicious either way.

While it’s perfect anytime, this drink is like a big ole hug from the inside out. Especially on a chilly evening.

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Two small glasses filled with a bourbon whiskey cocktail. Christmas ribbon and ornaments are off to the side.
Salted Caramel Bourbon | Hostess At Heart

Salted Caramel Bourbon

Author: Hostess At Heart
A smooth, warm, and buttery beverage that makes the perfect after-dinner drink. Drink it cold or drink it hot, but preferably, drink it with a friend!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Keyword: Salted Caramel Bourbon
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp light karo syrup
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt such as Fleur de Sel
  • 750 ml Bourbon Whiskey Old Forester


Simple Syrup

  • In a medium-sized saucepan, combine brown sugar, Karo syrup, vanilla and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and then turn to low and allow to reduce until slightly thickened. Stir in salt and allow to cool completely.


  • In order to see how sweet you like it, mix a 1:1 ratio simple syrup to bourbon. If you like it sweeter, combine 2 parts syrup to bourbon.
  • Top drink with a small amount of additional salt if desired. Serve warm or over ice.
  • Store covered at room temperature.


Serving: 4gCalories: 667kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSodium: 460mgPotassium: 73mgSugar: 58gCalcium: 46mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Shari Kelley

Monday 18th of January 2016

This really looks delicious, Julie! I'm so glad you figured it out. I hate it when they won't give you the recipe. The combination of bourbon and brown sugar and salt sounds wonderful to me. I would love it warm. Perfect drink for this time of year! I'm so glad you shared your recipe!

Julie Menghini

Monday 18th of January 2016

Thank you Shari. It is a nice little toddy after a meal or to just enjoy with friends.


Friday 8th of January 2016

What a lovely recipe! You come up with the coolest stuff! I do not drink, but this looks delicious! Happy New Year to you and Happy FF!

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