Electrical problems in my car caused a detour from my morning plan. I try not to fume too badly about life’s many plot twists and story arcs: the universe is putting you exactly where you’re meant to be, at any given moment. I suppose, then, that instead of doing another Karbach Koffeehouse feature, it wanted me to whip up some syrup. So, I did. Warm this syrup in some coffee, mix it with dark chocolate hot cocoa, or drizzle it over brownies. The bourbon adds a rich flavor which inspires fireside memories, and serves as a warm scarf around your tummy and your heart.
1/2 cup white sugar
3 TBS butter
1/4 cup half & half
1 TBS bourbon (or more depending on preference)
ASSEMBLY: Heat sugar in a saucepan over medium heat on the stovetop, stirring frequently with a rubber spatula. When it melts and turns a dark brown, add butter and stir as it melts. Finish off by pouring in milk and bourbon, whisking or stirring to combine. Remove syrup from heat and let it cool and thicken. Transfer to a glass jar and store in the refrigerator.
Makes about 1/2 cup