It's easy to make this delicious and smooth bourbon cream recipe at home! This delicious treat is made with just a few ingredients that you most likely have in your kitchen already.
What is bourbon cream?
Bourbon cream is similar to Bailey's Irish Cream Liqueur, but with a less sweet flavor. It is made of bourbon whiskey and real dairy cream with a little bit of sugar or simple syrup. Some variants have a hint of vanilla or caramel added to them as well.
Homemade bourbon cream is delicious and easy to make, which is why I like to make it. It also gives me the freedom to make a small batch and I won't have any leftovers going to waste!
Why you will love this recipe
- It's easy to make with just three ingredients!
- You can make a small batch or a large batch.
- It's versatile, add more flavors (see variations below for ideas)
Here is what you will need
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This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe; scroll down for a printable recipe card with exact measurements and detailed instructions.
- Heavy Cream
- Maple Syrup
How to make bourbon cream
Pour one cup of heavy cream into a small pitcher or mason jar.
Add the bourbon and maple syrup and whisk the cream gently or if you are using a jar shake it up.
Ingredients notes and substitutions
The complete list of ingredients to make this recipe is above. Below are notes about some of the ingredients, along with ideas for substitutes.
Bourbon - Any type of bourbon can be used to make this recipe. If you have a favorite bourbon, use that or experiment with different brands.
Cream - Heavy whipping cream works the best. If you are looking for a lower fat content cream, you can substitute heavy cream with half and half.
Maple syrup - Most bourbon cream recipes are made with simple syrup which is made with refined sugar. I prefer the hint of sweetness that maple syrup adds to the bourbon cream.
Maple syrup can be substituted with an equal amount of honey, agave nectar, brown rice syrup or simple syrup.
How to store bourbon cream
This recipe makes a small amount of bourbon cream, but if you do end up with leftover bourbon cream, store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.
Freezing bourbon cream is not recommended.
How to use homemade bourbon cream liqueur
This homemade cream liqueur has so many uses! You can enjoy it served over ice, in a root beer float with a touch of vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup, hot coffee, or iced coffee.
What to serve with homemade bourbon cream
If you are enjoying this delicious beverage on the rocks or in hot coffee, it tastes great with dessert items such as peanut blossoms cookies, chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, candied cashews or sweet and spicy pecans.
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Dairy-free bourbon cream - replace the real cream with your favorite dairy-free, unsweetened coffee creamer.
Vanilla bourbon cream - add a teaspoon of vanilla to the bourbon cream.
Almond bourbon cream - add a teaspoon of almond extract to the cream.
Change out the liquor - instead of bourbon, try Irish whiskey, dark rum or brandy.
- To avoid over-churning the fresh cream, gently shake or mix the bourbon and syrup rather than vigorously mixing.
- Before serving bourbon cream, gently shake or mix to ensure all ingredients are mixed.
- Adjust the taste of bourbon to suit your personal preference by adding more to the cream.
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- 1 cup Heavy Cream
- 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 4 tablespoons bourbon
- Add one cup of heavy cream to a pitcher or mason jar
- Stir in the bourbon and syrup or if you are using a jar, gently shake
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used
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