Spicy bourbon maple syrup is the condiment to beat all condiments. A sticky, spicy, sweet sauce that’s been amped up with bourbon is an adults-only dream come true. Originally made to drizzle over chicken and waffles, it’s actually perfect for all sorts of savory dishes that could use a little bit of glitz.
Chicken and waffles are already pretty darn splendid. But if you’ve been waiting all day for a spectacular plateful of crispy, doughy, chicken delight, only to dump a bucket of sickly-sweet brown syrup all over it, then you’re missing the point. Let us show you the way to syrup heaven.–Jenny Latreille
Spicy Bourbon Maple Syrup
- 1 cup pure maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons bourbon*
- 2 tablespoons (1 oz) salted butter
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
*What can I substitute for bourbon?There's an entire family of alcohol that's closely related (unless you're an aficionado of one in particular and then all bets are off). Bourbon can only be called bourbon if it's been made in the USA and is at least 51% corn mash. In Canada, the very same thing is called whiskey (also called rye or rye whiskey but it's still mostly corn). Scotch is in the same family, except that it's mostly barley and the casks are older. So...you can sub in whiskey, whisky, Scotch, or even a light rum and get a great result. Use what you like to drink and you can't go wrong.
Originally published May 8, 2021