{Barenjager} Cocktails and Spiked Caramel Sauce

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When you think of New Year’s Eve (psst–it’s almost here), what comes to mind?

Cocktails?

10-9-8-7-6…?

Cocktails?

Kissing?

Cocktails?

Friends?

Cocktails?

Times Square, a big glimmering ball, and Dick Clark?

Cocktails?

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Or if you’re married with kid(s), maybe you think of going to bed at 10PM. Perhaps if you’re really wild and crazy, maybe you set your alarm clock for 11:55 so you can watch the ball drop, share a kiss and sip of champagne, and then go back to bed.

This was pre-baby, bringing in the New Year in Chicago with hubs:

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Hmm. Things *ahem* have changed since then.

Sidenote: Before anyone gets crazy—I wouldn’t change things for the world. Except my stretch marks. They may gladly disappear. Pleaseandthankyou.

This year hubs and I will probably enjoy a cocktail and a kiss while trying our hardest to stay up until midnight.

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When I was sent a deliciously smooth honey liqueur in the mail, Barenjager, I knew I would be doing some taste testing in the form of a cocktail. But I also wanted to make something fun and interesting with it, because this is a food blog.

Barenjager is self-described as “Mead-like moonshine made from honey by beekeepers and farmers.” Each liter bottle contains 300 grams of pure honey, resulting in a “subtly sweet, spicy and herb edged taste profile.” Barenjager is great on the rocks, or in a variety of drinks and cocktails, hot and cold. They also suggest that it can be used as “a substitute for honey or sweeteners in your favorite culinary recipes.”

This could get fun, right?

I leafed through the pamphlets and information that came with the bottle of goodness. I found a drink that sounded delicious, and for which I had all the ingredients on hand.

The Baren Pear
recipe compliments of Barenjager Honey Liqueur

1 part Barenjager
1 part pear vodka
3/4 part triple sec
1/2 part fresh lemon juice
1/2 part simple syrup
10 small mint leaves for garnish (I left these out because I didn’t have any)

1. Squeeze lemon juice into a shaker filled with ice.
2. Add remaining ingredients except mint leaves to the shaker.
3. Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass. Float mint leaves on top.

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Verdict: Tasty, but very strong. I couldn’t finish mine. It could be because I forgot the simple syrup—which I just realized while I was typing the recipe. Ha!
Husband’s take: He thought it was too strong too. Hmm…maybe I should try following the recipe next time.
Changes I would make: Maybe next time I’d substitute pear juice for pear vodka just to tone it down a little. Or….I could add simple syrup as directed.
Difficulty: Easy!

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Salted Barenjager Caramel Sauce
adapted generously from BakedBree.com via Pillsbury.com

5 Tablespoons butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 ounces Barenjager
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1.5 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/4 water

1. In a small saucepan, combine butter, cream, Barenjager, vanilla and salt just to boiling, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
2. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Stir until combined. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat without stirring. Boil until the mixture turns a light golden amber color (310 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer).
3. Remove from heat and add in cream mixture, whisking. Pour into a heat-proof container to cool.
4. Store in fridge. Pour over apples, ice cream, or eat off spoon. Caramel will thicken as it cools.

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Verdict: Delicious. Smooth, sweet, and you can taste the honey liqueur beautifully.
Husband’s take: I don’t think he has tried this yet.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Easy! Just watch your caramel closely for color. Just because you’re not stirring doesn’t mean you should walk away. Once it gets going, it goes fast and will scorch quickly.

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Disclaimer: I was provided with a free bottle of Barenjager to review. All opinions, as always, are 100% my own.

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45 comments

  1. YUM! I want that caramel sauce RIGHT. NOW. Great post Rachel!

  2. awesome! I would love some of that caramel sauce right now with the drink in my hand! :) great concoction, Rachel!

  3. Looking good as always…oh, and the sauce and cocktail do too! ;)

  4. You are so pretty! Your caramel sauce looks to die for!
    P.S. If you figure out how to cure those stretch marks let me know!

  5. Give me a spoon and that caramel sauce, delicious! A drizzle of that over some vanilla ice cream would be fantastic! I hear you about the stretch marks, ugh! It’s a reminder everyday of my two little twinkies that grew in my belly, but it was so worth it! Wishing you a Happy New Year! :)

  6. This sounds great! I have a dark rum caramel sauce I’ve made in the past but yours just looks….SO GOOD! I love caramel sauce!

  7. We got a bottle of Barenjager in at the bar I used to work at to sample and I think the bartender and I drank all in the course of a week. I love the idea of using it in caramel. If it makes you feel any better, I don’t have kids and I will probably be in bed by 11 on New Years. Its just not a holiday I like very much.

  8. Both the caramel sauce and the pear drink sound fantastic. Great photos too Rachel!

  9. I don’t drink much, but your cocktail would be worth a New Year’s Eve splurge.

  10. Sounds fantastic! Pinning that sauce right now!

  11. great ideas for this wonderful honey liqueur

  12. YUM! That caramel sauce looks so good!

  13. Ok, first of all I’m totally laughing as I try to remember the last time I made it to midnight. :-) Second, GORGEOUS pic of you. And third, as my kids are enjoying a night or two with the grandparents, I’m thinking come cocktails and an early New Year’s Eve celebration are in order. :-) Happy New Year to You!!

  14. Wow. I’m continually blown away by your groups’ Barenjager recipes! So cool!!

  15. kissing and cocktails?! ha!! you’re hilarious ;) I’ll be (gladly) fast asleep at the usual time. Yeah… kids. The drink sounds super tasty. BTW gorgeous picture :)

  16. Oh I love the idea of adding the Barenjager to the caramel sauce! The pictures make me want to dip a slice of apple in the jar:-) Have a very Happy New Year’s! Hugs, Terra

  17. I’m married 27 years now. My kids enjoy new years like we use to and when they ask why we can’t stay up that late anymore all I can say is, you’ll see. I still somehow wake up minutes before midnight and wake my husband to give him a kiss, although I’m not even sure he remembers. Funny how things change.

    I’ve never heard of this liquor but now will have to seek it out and find it.

    Great photo by the way. You’re very pretty! Happy Holidays!

  18. I’m not old enough to drink (yet), but I want me some of that caramel sauce! It looks so thick and syrupy.

  19. cute post! kissing and cocktails got me in trouble 3 times! Yep, 3 kids after having a crazy night with kissing and cocktails! lol. I’m not a big on drinking, always a sip or two and I’m good to go…I know boring, huh. I’ll keep this drink in mind when I enterain my crazy booze loving friends! Happy New Year!

  20. i love barenjager! but more for like an after dinner drink…my grandfather got me to appreciate the taste of it!

    also- i got the marx samples in the mail yesterday – thank you so much for the cute note along with them! :) im dreaming up some recipes right now…and also of thinking of making a vanilla bean vodka and habenero chile tequila perhaps?! i’ll keep you posted :) have a great nye!

    • It does make a perfect after dinner drink, almost like a dessert. It’s really great on the rocks. Glad you got your samples! Enjoy! Your infused alcohol sounds fabulous!

  21. What a great sauce! Never heard of this liquor, but I will have to look for it next time I am at the store!
    Happy New Year!

  22. That caramel sauce sounds amazing! And your New Year’s plans sound just like mine…we are currently taking bets on whether or not we make it to midnight. Or we might just celebrate with New York City and go to bed at 11! :) Happy New Year!

  23. Love the caramel sauce! Happy new year, Rachel!

  24. Love the idea of this honey liqueur, and believe me, I will probably be nodding off long before midnight, too. Happy New Year :)

  25. That caramel sauce looks amazing! I’ve never tried honey liqueur before…and definitely want to now! We celebrated New Year’s on east coast time, even though we were on the west coast. My husband is a helicopter pilot and had to be at work at 6am. Bleh! I’d have had one of these cocktails on my own though :) Happy 2012!

  26. I had an amazing pear martini over the holidays. This looks pretty similar – can’t wait to try it!

  27. Oh man, that caramel sauce looks so good! Hope you had a great new years eve! Happy New Year! :)

  28. That is such a gorgeous photo of you!

    That caramel sauce has me practically drooling. A slightly belated happy new year:-)

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