The sweet taste of butterscotch caramels is easy to add to drinks with a bottle of butterscotch liqueur. Also called butterscotch schnapps, this popular liqueur is used in many delicious cocktail and shooter recipes. It's always fun to have a bottle in the liquor cabinet.
What Is Butterscotch Liqueur?
Butterscotch liqueur is made by mixing butter and brown sugar with a neutral base spirit. The result is a sweet liqueur that tastes just like butterscotch candy.
Though each brand uses a different method, many butterscotch liqueurs have a rich gold color due to either natural or artificial coloring agents. The color is often a highlight in layered drinks and it is one of the heaviest ingredients because of the high concentration of sugar. This means that it will almost always be the bottom layer.
On the other hand, many butterscotch schnapps options are clear in color. This is more true to a traditional German schnapps, which ranges in flavors from fruits like peach to cool peppermint.
The most common butterscotch liqueur is DeKuyper Buttershots, a clear schnapps. Due to its popularity, the word "buttershots" is often used to describe any butterscotch-flavored schnapps. Brands will also use the name "schnapps" or "liqueur' and either can be used interchangeably.
Most butterscotch liqueurs are 15 percent alcohol by volume (30 proof).
Butterscotch Schnapps Drink Recipes
As you might imagine, butterscotch schnapps is used to create some pretty sweet drinks. From fancy martini-like cocktails to party shots that you will definitely not mind swilling, there's a butterscotch drink recipe for any occasion.
Shooters are among the most popular uses for butterscotch liqueurs. One of the best known is the comically named buttery nipple. It's a simple layered shot that tops butterscotch schnapps with Irish cream. There is also a recipe called the golden nipple, which adds the cinnamon flavor of Goldschläger to the mix.
Another unforgettable shooter is the oatmeal cookie and it tastes remarkably like its namesake. For this one, you'll shake Irish cream, Jägermeister, and cinnamon schnapps with the butterscotch.
When you come across cocktails recipes that include the word "caramel," it's very likely that butterscotch schnapps is involved. These fancier drinks are often absolute delicious and a delight to drink. They're the ultimate indulgence for any sweet tooth craving you might have.
Among the tastiest is the caramel appletini. The two-ingredient recipe mixes UV Green Apple Vodka with butterscotch, so it's incredibly easy to mix up. When you're in the mood for tequila on an autumn evening, be sure to try the caramel apple pie, complete with apple cider.
Butterscotch liqueurs are also a perfect companion for hot drinks. Pour a shot into your coffee or hot cocoa to give it a boozy, caramel twist or try a recipe like the caramel Irish coffee. This one gives a sweet touch to the classic cocktail, bringing in both butterscotch schnapps and Baileys Irish Cream. Just don't forget the whipped cream! It's the perfect finishing touch.
Brands of Butterscotch Liqueur
Buttershots may be the best-known brand, but you'll find it worth your while to explore other butterscotch liqueurs as you find them. Some, like Bols Butterscotch Schnapps and Mickey Finn Butterscotch and Vanilla Liqueur, have a more refined taste and are better suited to the fancier drinks. Who knows, you may just find that you've been missing out all this time!
The nice thing is that you can often find butterscotch schnapps that are rather inexpensive. Common brands like Arrow, Hiram Walker, and Phillips can often be found on the bottom shelf of liquor stores and a bottle can cost $10 or less. It's also relatively easy to find butterscotch schnapps from well-known brands like 99 (makers of 99 Bananas) and Dr. McGillicuddy's (famous for their mint and apple pie liqueurs).
For something a little more obscure, keep an eye out for bottles like Aunt Bea's Butterscotch Cream or Zuidam Butterscotch Liqueur. Under the schnapps labels, you'll find brands like Bacchus, Boulaine, Mother's, Prenzel, and Teichenne. No matter which you stock in your bar, many sweet, delicious liqueurs are in your future.