Bourbon Sugar- Add a Kick to Your Coffee

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | February 22nd, 2021 | Garnishes, Recipes

A sweet hint of bourbon in your coffee!

demerara sugar infused with bourbon

This recipe was originally published in August 2015, but it’s been a recipe that I’ve used for even longer. My husband is as much of a bourbon aficionado as I am a fan of Cava and Champagne. Thus, we’ve had a container of bourbon sugar on the coffee counter for years. There’s no kick in this sugar, but there’s a nice hint of flavor to perk up your morning cup of coffee.

From the wayback time machine

To learn more about this recipe, originally published in August 2015, keep reading.

This week’s theme is back to school. Yep, take another peek at the title of the recipe. Bourbon sugar, back to school? Let me explain. The full theme is a back to school party. As a mom of older teens, I have been through the back to school season many times. From this experience I know that there are many parents that are excited for back to school and who possibly even indulge in a cocktail to recognize this time of year.

I decided to put a spin on this cocktail for mom (or dad). If we’re hosting a late morning or afternoon gathering to celebrate the start of school, why not give the flavor of a cocktail without the kick? Not only can you serve this at the party, you can make extra to send home as favors with the adults.

I have been making bourbon sugar for my husband for several years now. He is a bourbon aficionado but also recognizes that it isn’t a morning drink. Infuse some sugar with bourbon, add a teaspoon to your coffee, and you have a delightfully bourbon-flavored beverage.

Two final notes

There are two important notes before you begin. First, you need to use a good bourbon; the flavor of the bourbon will be strong, so don’t go on the money saving route. Commit to making good sugar, or skip it entirely. Second, the sugar needs about a week to hang out before you use it, so plan carefully!

A final helpful hint- The best pairing for coffee sweetened with Bourbon Sugar is a batch of Bourbon Pecan Biscotti.


demerara sugar infused with bourbon

Bourbon Sugar

Michele Pesula Kuegler

Prep Time 10 mins
Resting Time 7 d
Total Time 7 d 10 mins

Course Breakfast

Servings 192 teaspoons



  • 4 cups raw sugar
  • 3 teaspoons bourbon*



  • Pour 1 cup sugar into the bottom of a quart canning jar.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon bourbon on sugar.
  • Add 1/2 cup sugar, and top with 1/2 teaspoon bourbon.
  • Repeat 4 more times.
  • Top with final 1/2 cup of sugar.
  • Close securely, and shake well (at least 1 minute).
  • Place in pantry or cupboard and shake twice daily for 7 days.
  • At the end of the week, the bourbon sugar is ready for use.


*I used Blanton’s.
I have made this same recipe replacing the bourbon with amaretto and had great results.

Keyword flavored sugar


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