Peanut butter whiskey is a sweet flavored whiskey made with real peanuts! Here’s the skinny on Skrewball and how to mix it into drinks.
Peanut butter…whiskey? That’s right, this oddball flavor combination has a rabid fan base that’s rapidly growing. Skrewball peanut butter whiskey broke into the liquor scene with enviable speed. Is it worth the hype? Well, whiskey connoisseurs may tell you no. But if you have a penchant for sweet drinks and think you don’t like whiskey…you may just want to give this one a try.
What is peanut butter whiskey?
Peanut butter whiskey is a 70 proof American flavored whiskey made with peanuts. Skrewball is the most popular and the first brand to the market. Skrewball peanut butter whiskey was released in July 2018. Since then several other competing brands have burst on the scene, including Skatterbrain, PB & W, Sheepdog, and others.
The Skrewball company was founded by husband and wife team Steven and Brittany Yeng, based in San Diego, California. Steven created a peanut butter shot that sold well at his San Diego bar, so the pair decided to make a product out of it. Skrewball went on to win awards and quickly rose to popularity. (Read more here.)
What does peanut butter whiskey taste like?
Peanut butter has a thick, sticky texture. It tastes very sweet, with a strong peanut finish and notes of caramel, coffee and vanilla. Honestly, it’s more like drinking Baileys than bourbon! In fact, don’t expect it to taste much like whiskey at all. It’s more like drinking a liquid peanut butter cup, with a hint of that whiskey bite.
How much alcohol is in Skrewball peanut butter whiskey? It is 35% ABV (alcohol by volume). It has a high alcohol content that’s similar to whiskey, which weighs in at 40%. Technically whiskey is supposed to be bottled at no less than 80 proof (40% ABV), so some may claim this product is not whiskey.
Are there any Skrewball substitutes? There are several brands of peanut butter whiskey on the market. Skrewball is the original, and considered by many to be the best brand in its category. But you can try Skatterbrain, PB & W, Sheepdog, Ole Smokey, and Shepherd’s P’Nutty.
Why we like it
Skrewball peanut butter whiskey has its fans and haters. Our honest opinion? It’s a bit sweet for our tastes. We went in thinking it would taste like whiskey with a hint of peanut on the finish. But it’s bold and sweet: more like a peanut butter cup liqueur with its creamy, sweet finish.
But, how you mix it matters! We were able to mix up a few drinks with Skrewball that balanced flavors using tart, bubbly, or bitter mixers. It’s great with cranberry juice or orange juice, a few shakes of cocktail bitters, or coffee. Just don’t mix it with Baileys or make it into a White Russian. (Promise?)
How much does it cost?
Compared to other liquors, Skrewball peanut butter whiskey is mid-priced. A 750 ml bottle costs about $25 to 30.
Most popular Skrewball peanut butter whiskey cocktails
Of course the easiest way to drink Skrewball is as a shot: try it with a sea salt rim! Or, there are several popular Skrewball cocktails. Go to our Top Peanut Butter Whiskey Drinks for all the ideas, or try these top cocktails:
The most famous peanut butter whiskey drink? The Peanut Butter and Jelly! This quirky sweet tart cocktail pairs Skrewball peanut butter and cranberry juice to make a drink version of your favorite childhood sandwich! We took inspiration from the co-founder of Skrewball herself, Brittany Yeng, who recommends pairing this flavored whiskey with cranberry to cut the sweetness.
Ingredients: Skrewball peanut butter whiskey, cranberry juice, Cointreau
Another great way to drink Skrewball peanut butter whiskey? In an Old Fashioned! This spin on the classic uses sweet Skrewball peanut butter whiskey in place of bourbon or rye. The drink could not be more different from the original! Double the bitters and add a little soda water to balance out the sweetness, and it’s got a bit of a Wisconsin Old Fashioned vibe.
Ingredients: Skrewball peanut butter whiskey, Angostura bitters, soda water (optional)
Here's a weird and wonderful way to drink peanut butter whiskey: with orange juice! Try the Skrewball Screwdriver: tart and lightly sweet, with a subtly nutty finish. Substitute the same quantity of peanut butter whiskey as vodka in this drink.
Ingredients: Skrewball peanut butter whiskey, orange juice
Coffee is a natural pairing with peanut butter whiskey! Make it into an Irish coffee by skipping the sugar and using Skrewball instead. There’s nothing more soul warming than that classic combination of bitter coffee, nutty whisky and frothy whipped cream.
Ingredients: Skrewball peanut butter whiskey, coffee, whipped cream (optional)
Peanut Butter and Jelly (with Skrewball)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 drink 1x
The Peanut Butter and Jelly drink stars Skrewball peanut butter whiskey and cranberry juice! It’s sweet, nutty and totally unique.
- 2 ounces* Skrewball peanut butter whiskey
- 1 ounce unsweetened cranberry juice
- 1 teaspoon Cointreau or Triple Sec (optional)
- Place the Skrewball peanut butter whiskey, cranberry juice, and Cointreau in a cocktail mixing glass (or cocktail shaker). Add 2 handfuls of ice and stir until cold.
- Strain the drink into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a berry and peanut butter if desired (or a tiny P&J: you choose!).
*To convert to ounces, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons
- Category: Drink
- Method: Stirred
- Cuisine: Cocktails
- Diet: Vegan
Keywords: Peanut butter whiskey, Skrewball peanut butter whiskey
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Let us know if you have any questions!
what if you have a bad allergy to peanuts?
I’m not sure, sorry!
This is pure genius
The taste is devine and im not a whiskey person
Tried your product today. Very impressed. Love how smooth the taste is.