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This infused alcoholic whipped cream has a hint of bourbon that adds nuance and warmth as a dessert topping. Other booze can stand in (rum, kahlua, etc)!

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So there’s whipped cream…and then there’s bourbon whipped cream. Or insert your favorite booze in the blank: rum, kahlua, Irish cream: you get the idea! Yes, alcoholic whipped cream is a thing, and it’s just what you need to take your desserts to the next level. Infusing alcohol in whipped cream brings a nuance and warmth. Just think: a chocolate chip skillet cookie with bourbon whipped cream. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds! Alex and I were happy to have a new variation to add to all our favorite desserts (below is our very long list). Ready to get cooking?

How to make infused alcoholic whipped cream

Making alcoholic whipped cream is just like making the standard variety, but you’ll add 1 shot of booze to the cream and sugar before whipping it. If you’ve never made homemade whipped cream, you are in for a treat! When Alex and I first started cooking together, this homemade whipped cream recipe is one of the first things we made together. It tasted so REAL, so unlike the spray can version, that we vowed never to go back. (And we haven’t.)

It only takes a few minutes to whip up alcoholic whipped cream, and once you’ve made it you’ll never go back to store-bought stuff. Here are the basic steps for how to make it at home (scroll down for the full recipe):

  • Combine heavy cream, powdered sugar, and 1 shot of alcohol of your choice in a bowl.
  • Whip vigorously until the cream thickens OR use a KitchenAid stand mixer with the whisk attachment on medium speed. You can make a loose cream or whip until stiff peaks form for a fluffier consistency.
How to make alcoholic whipped cream
You can use a KitchenAid stand mixer or whip by hand!

How to store it!

This alcoholic whipped cream recipe is best made the day of serving: and we assume you’ll want to eat it then, too! But if you must, it can be made up to 1 day in advance. Simply store it in an airtight container and refrigerate until you’re ready to enjoy. If the liquid separates out, whip it again to incorporate the liquid (this will only take a minute or two).

Alex and I recommend serving it immediately though. It’s just too good!

Bourbon infused alcoholic whipped cream on waffles
Here our bourbon infused alcoholic whipped cream tops a stack of blueberry waffles with blueberry sauce

15 ways to use alcoholic whipped cream

So, what needs a dollop of this alcohol infused whipped cream? The question is really what doesn’t need to be topped with it. All sorts of desserts, from crisp to pie to cakes, need a little whipped cream. And then of course, move on to pancakes and waffles…you get the idea!

To start your creative juices flowing, here are our favorite ways to use this alcoholic whipped cream. Note that different types of alcohol would pair well with each. For example, Frozen Hot Chocolate would pair nicely with a Kahlua whipped cream, whereas an applesauce cake would go well with a bourbon whipped cream. And so on (you get the idea!).

  1. With ripe raspberries.
  2. On perfect waffles.
  3. On blueberry waffles with blueberry sauce.
  4. On blueberry pancakes.
  5. With classic strawberry shortcake.
  6. Or on frozen hot chocolate.
  7. On a chocolate chip skillet cookie.
  8. Or a chewy chocolate cookie cake.
  9. On applesauce cake.
  10. On blueberry cake.
  11. On upside down orange cake.
  12. Or blueberry crisp.
  13. Or strawberry rhubarb crisp or strawberry crumble.
  14. Or peach crisp.
  15. Or a good old apple crisp (made in an Instant Pot).
Alcoholic whipped cream

How to make vegan whipped cream?

You can make a vegan whipped cream by whipping the solidified cream from a can of coconut milk. Here’s our Coconut Whipped Cream recipe. Though we haven’t tried it, we assume that the method of adding booze similar to the recipe below will work (use the same quantity). Give it a try and let us know what you think!

This alcoholic whipped cream recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, see above.

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
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This infused alcoholic whipped cream has a hint of bourbon that adds nuance and warmth as a dessert topping. Other booze can stand in (rum, kahlua, etc)!


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons alcohol, such as bourbon, rum, kahlua or Irish cream


  1. Place a bowl in the freezer to chill for a few minutes (if using a stand mixer, skip to the next step).
  2. Combine the cream, powdered sugar and alcohol in the chilled bowl.
  3. With a large whisk, whip the cream by moving the whisk back and forth quickly (try to whisk in a line instead of a circular motion)  and whip to your desired thickness is reached. OR place the ingredients in the bowl of a KitchenAid stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and mix on medium speed until the desired consistency is reached.  You can use a looser cream for more of a “drizzle”, or a stiffer whipped cream for the traditional Cool Whip style texture. Tip: If you’re whipping by hand, try placing the bowl in the sink to whip the cream so that it is a bit lower than a table, which helps to make the whisking motion easier.

Since we know you like alcohol…

If you’re into booze in your whipped cream, we assume you like cocktails too! Here are a few of our favorite homemade cocktail recipes:

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Stephanie sunshine says:

    What’s the ABV on it?

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      I’m not sure, sorry!

  2. cynthia says:

    can i use a handmixer instead? and if so, what is the best speed for this? thanks

    1. Alex Overhiser says:

      Yes! Use a medium speed if you have one, otherwise high will work.