While fat washing bourbon gives it a savory, buttery depth, adding vanilla beans further intensifies the spirit’s rich, sweet flavors. “When you infuse the bourbon with butter and vanilla beans overnight, it adds a uniquely savory component to this cocktail,” says Caitlin Hula, beverage manager of Cliff House Maine. “Instead of just having the burn of a typical bourbon, you now have a rounder mouthfeel and sweet undertones of the vanilla coming through.” Tropical ingredients don’t immediately come to mind when mixing cool weather cocktails, but Caribbean-spiced falernum brings balance to this recipe, while apple cider adds an essential tartness. As the name suggests, this satisfying libation is best sipped in front of a warm, crackling fire.
Hearthside Butter & Bourbon
butter washed vanilla bourbon
Butter Washed Vanilla Bourbon
1 Cup Butter
2 vanilla beans
- Heat the butter and vanilla beans on the stove until the butter starts to bubble and foam.
- Remove from heat and add the mixture to a 32-oz Mason jar. Top with whiskey.
- Let cool, seal and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
- Strain infused bourbon through a coffee filter into a bottle. Store in refrigerator when not in use.