Everyone’s heard of the buttery nipple, Bailey’s comet, and the Butterfinger. All these have one thing in common – Butterscotch Schnapps. This gives the sweet, butter-toffee taste to those cocktails that leave us wanting more. It is the base ingredient that is used in a variety of drinks all over the world.
If you want to know more about what it is and the drinks you can perfect using butterscotch schnapps, then stay tuned. We’ve created the ideal list of cocktails that can be made with no effort and very few ingredients. It all comes down to how one can achieve the caramel-y taste with liquor.
What is Schnapps?
Schnaps is a spirit that is distilled with different types of flavors to achieve a given type of liqueur. Basically, it is a form of liqueur that is a mixture of a neutral spirit with a particular flavor. Fruit schnapps or fruit liqueur (here) is formed by adding fruit juices to a neutral liquor during the fermentation stage. The end product here could be peach, apple, cherry, or plum schnapps.
Similarly, mixing a neutral spirit with brown sugar and butter, or just any butterscotch caramel or sweetener during fermentation will give you butterscotch schnapps. A home-made rendition of this is also quite simple. Just caramelize some butter and brown sugar, add some corn syrup to it. After cooling, add this mixture to a bottle of vodka or brandy. There you have it, your very own butterscotch schnapps. It adds the essential sweetness to any buttery, heavy, or creamy drink. It tastes like candied alcoholic heaven!
Best butterscotch schnapps cocktails
This butterscotch schnapps can be had as is – pour it over some ice and sip slowly. However, the beauty of butterscotch schnapps lies in using it as a base for cocktails. You could use it to make alcoholic milkshakes, martinis, coffee-flavored cocktails, and all sorts. Here is a well-crafted list of butterscotch schnapps recipes, cocktails and drinks, and the whole shebang.
1. Butterscotch Milkshake Cocktail
What is better than an alcoholic version of a milkshake? The best way to enjoy a milkshake is to add alcohol in it, and this butterscotch schnapps recipe does just that. In a blender, add 60 ml of butterscotch schnapps, 30 ml of coffee liqueur (preferably Kapali or Kahlua) along with 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream and blend until you reach a consistency of your liking. Serve it in a martini glass. Garnish with some cocoa powder and serve. Though not exceptionally light, this is a sweet and delicious drink that anyone will enjoy.
2. Sugar Daddy shots
To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add equal parts of butterscotch schnapps, Irish cream, coffee liqueur, and a half and half milk/skim milk. Shake thoroughly until you achieve a frothy texture and set aside. Dip the edges of the shot glasses with caramel and then sugar.
Garnish the insides with some caramel and pour the drink into the same. The presentation makes the experience all the better. It looks cool and tastes even better. This is one of the very few shot recipes that looks, smells, and tastes as good as it sounds.
3. Toffee Appletini
We love all things martini, and this butterscotch schnapps drink makes us love it even more. Starting with some ice in the cocktail shaker, add 30 ml of vodka, 30 ml of butterscotch schnapps, and 30 ml of apple juice.
Take a martini glass and heavily garnish the insides with caramel. Pour the drink into the same and serve with a slice of apple on the rim. This tastes like an alcoholic’s version of candied apples and we assure you – it is to die for!
4. Caramel Cold Coffee
Do not be fooled by how innocuous the name sounds. It is as alcoholic as a sweet coffee drink would allow. For this butterscotch schnapps recipe, in a mug with ice, add equal parts of Jameson or any Irish whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and butterscotch schnapps.
Cooldown some freshly brewed coffee and fill the mug with the same. Garnish the drink with whipped cream and a few drizzles of caramel syrup. Viola! Your dose of alcoholic coffee is ready. This is a divine cocktail – the perfect mix of sweet and bitter. It will never let you down.
5. Old Fashioned Butter shots
A sweet twist to a good old-fashioned drink. This butterscotch schnapps cocktail uses the traditional old-fashioned recipe. In a rocks glass, muddle some orange peels or cherries. To that, add ice, some good whiskey-bourbon like Jim Beam, and the butterscotch schnapps.
Top the drink off with Angostura bitters and a cherry. This drink is as sweet as an old fashioned can get. The tartness of the cherries or orange peels counterbalances the sweetness of the butterscotch schnapps which makes it a great drink after a long day. It is not as light as the previous recipes but not as strong as a regular old fashioned. It is the perfect mix.
Yes, you could recreate a Harry Potter style Butterbeer using this butterscotch schnapps recipe. Refrigerate a beer glass so it could be frosty. To that, add equal parts of old, spiced rum and butterscotch schnapps. In another glass, mix a can of cream soda and half a teaspoon of any butter flavor. Pour this mix into the former.
Into this drink, drop a scoop or more of vanilla ice cream. This last step is optional and depends on how thick you would like your butterbeer to be. Now, serve and enjoy this tiny glimpse into the wizarding world.
7. Vegas Bomb
Finally, we have a peculiar butterscotch schnapps drink. Mix half an ounce each of butterscotch schnapps and good quality whiskey into a shot glass.
Take a pint glass and fill half of it with an energy drink, something that doesn’t have a fruity flavor but a neutral taste – preferably monster or red bull. Drop the shot glass (as is) into the glass. This is the Vegas bomb. It looks like a skilled bartender created it, but you could make it at home with almost no effort. And it tastes surprisingly delicious.
These are only some of the great butterscotch schnapps cocktails that you could make. This was our 101 on butterscotch schnapps, just so you know how versatile a bottle of one could be. So, what are you waiting for? Hurry up and buy one so you could make all these yummy drinks in the comfort of your home.