Orange Hard Sauce Recipe



Orange Hard Sauce, also known as Brandy Butter and Rum Butter, is so easy to make and so delicious on desserts such as cakes and gingerbread, and whatever else sounds good to you.   Just wait until you get a taste of this fantastic Orange Hard Sauce that also includes some liqueur!

Hard sauce is a soft butter topping that is meant to be served on top of warm desserts like pies (such as mincemeat pies), bread puddings, Christmas or Plum puddings, fruit cakes, etc.  Hard sauces are a decadent toppings that contains booze and usually served around the Christmas holiday.  Traditionally hard sauce is made with one measure of fresh butter to two measures of sugar.


Check out my Gingerbread Christmas Pudding with Orange Hard Sauce that uses this great sauce.

More Butters, Condiments, Sauces, Relish and Jelly Recipes for more great ideas.


Orange Hard Sauce Recipe:
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: English
Keyword: Orange Hard Sauce Recipe
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar (confectioner's sugar)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons brandy, bourbon, rum, orange liqueur, or Cognac (your choice)*
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (peel), finely grated
  1. Using your electric mixture, combine powdered sugar and butter until light and fluffy.  

  2. Add the liquor of your choice and grated orange peel.  Stir until well combined.

  3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.  Can be made 4 days ahead.

  4. Bring to room temperature before serving.

Recipe Notes

*  Traditional Hard Sauces use brandy.

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