bourbon and chocolate

Homemade Bourbon Chocolate Sauce

Nov 1, 2020 | Sauces & Condiments

Chocolate is must be one of the best forms of chocolate. Chocolate sauce could be used on anything because of its liquid form. It could be eaten with any kind of dessert or if your chocolate sauce if on the thicker side, you can even eat it peanut butter. Ugh, that sounds so delicious already!

But hey, how else can we maximize chocolate’s wonders? The answer is booze. Yes, you can make your chocolate a little bit boozy for the grownups. I’m telling you, it’s pretty awesome. Have you even had a classic Black Forest cake? The amount of booze there makes us want to do a happy dance after every bite!

So, let’s explore adding bourbon to our favorite in-between snack (oops!), I mean “dessert side”.

How to make chocolate bourbon sauce

Making chocolate sauce with bourbon is easy. Keep note though that even if we love a good amount of booze in our chocolate sauce, there’s only a certain amount we can add to it or else it won’t mix well.

Alcohol doesn’t always agree with the food that it is being added too. Sometimes, we have to work a little extra to make the alcohol beautifully mix in with the flavors of our food.

Make your usual chocolate sauce by melting your butter under low heat and then whisking in the cacao. Add the corn syrup and sugar then whisk until the sugar solids dissolve and create a nice, uniformed consistency. Add the heavy cream, whisk and bring it up to a medium simmer. Add your bourbon and salt. Let simmer a little but not too much, perhaps 1 minute as not to burn the alcohol. If you reduce the alcohol too much, the point of adding the bourbon in the first place would have been for nothing.  Add water if you wish to thin out the consistency or add the cornflour for you wish to make your sauce thicker.

Can I replace the bourbon with something else?

We love the idea of making chocolate sauce a little boozy however; take note that not every kind of alcohol can taste good with chocolate.

Pairing bourbon and chocolate together enriches both their flavors. It’s like you and your best friend giving each other high fives. Other kinds of alcohol such as vodka or tequila aren’t typically paired with chocolate because of the high-octane feature.

If bourbon is not within reach, you may add rum or stout beer for the closest effect. A good kind of rum will give you a nice kick and complementary flavors with the chocolate. If you’re feeling it, try using spiced rum! If you wish to try chocolate sauce with stout beer, we highly recommend using Guinness beer.

Chocolate bourbon sauce for bread pudding

Bread pudding is a thrifty way of saving leftover bread and it is famous all over the world! This easy-to-make dessert is mostly made with milk, eggs, cream, sugar and vanilla, which make it a great canvas for chocolate bourbon sauce.

Bourbon sauce is usually served with bread pudding most especially in the south of the United States. Bread pudding is such a popular dessert there that they’ve created so many variations or sauces to add. While a sabayon sauce is typically eaten with bread pudding, you must try having a boozy chocolate sauce with it!

What goes well with chocolate bourbon sauce?

Thinking of what goes well with chocolate bourbon sauce is already making me drool. Chocolate bourbon sauce goes well with anything, really. Let me give you some suggestions!

  • Apple Pie a la mode – Apple pie a la mode with warm apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. If you drizzle the ice cream with warmed chocolate bourbon sauce, you’re in for a ride.
bourbon and chocolate

Homemade Bourbon Chocolate Sauce

This bourbon chocolate sauce tastes amazing paired with cakes, ice cream, churros and most desserts!
4.95 from 18 votes
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Servings: 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes


  • 2 tbsp cacao
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp syrup
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • ¼ cup Water or heavy cream
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp cornflour optional


  • Melt the butter and whisk in the cacao.
  • Add the syrup, sugar and water or heavy cream.
  • Bring it up to a boil. Then add the bourbon and salt.
  • Add water if you want a thinner consistency/add cornflour if you want a thicker consistency.
  • Serve with your favorite dessert or fruits.

Tips & Trix

Personally, I prefer to use cacao, syrup and sugar but you can use chocolate bars if you want. However, that might make it harder to control how sweet you want the sauce to be!


Sodium: 163mg | Vitamin A: 355IU | Sugar: 60g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 77mg | Cholesterol: 31mg | Calories: 565kcal | Saturated Fat: 12g | Fat: 19g | Protein: 2g | Carbohydrates: 69g


Hey there! I'm Isabel. I love cooking, dogs, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good flavorful food, to share with family and friends.



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