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Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

I’m not always a huge fan of mashed sweet potatoes. But throw some bourbon into the mix, and now you’re talking! Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes are wonderfully creamy and flavorful.

Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes in a white bowl with a bottle of bourbon and corn in the background.


Many mashed sweet potato recipes include the addition of brown sugar, but I think they’re already sweet enough without adding any sugar. I love to serve mashed sweet potatoes with something spicy. They would go perfectly with this Spice Rubbed Slow Cooker Chicken.

Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes in a white bowl.

When choosing sweet potatoes, don’t buy potatoes that are too large. They tend to be fibrous. When I bake them, I always place them on a baking sheet because they tend to ooze and they’ll make a mess of the bottom of your oven if you’re not careful.

If you have an affinity for cooking with bourbon, you may want to try Double Frosted Bourbon Brownies, Bourbon-Glazed Butternut Squash Spice Cake, Bacon Maple and Bourbon Cupcakes, or Bourbon Molasses Bread Pudding. They are all heavenly.


Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes



  • 2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • pinch of cayenne
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake sweet potatoes until very soft and starting to ooze, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Let sweet potatoes cool a touch and then remove and discard skins and place pulp in the bowl of an electric mixer.
  • Add half and half, butter, and bourbon and beat until smooth. Season to taste with cayenne, salt and black pepper.
Course: Side Dish

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5 thoughts on “Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes”

  1. I’ve made this with and without the bourbon, sweet potatoes baked in the peel and baked, peeled, in tin foil when I FORGOT to leave them unpeeled, and both ways were delicious. Thanks for the great recipe!

  2. Ari @ Ari's Menu

    Not a fan of mashed sweet potatoes???? I didn’t even think that was humanly possible! I am so ridiculously obsessed with sweet potatoes–I love them in any way, shape or for. I also have a strong love for bourbon, so I am ALL ABOUT THIS!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I don’t know why because I love sweet potatoes practically any other way. Especially in fry form 🙂

  3. Julia | JuliasAlbum.com

    I am the same way – not a big fan of mashed sweet potatoes. So, now I know what to do next time – throw in some alcohol!

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