Whisky Pancakes for the Soul

Shrove Tuesday or not, we all love pancakes. A tempting any-time-of-the-day breakfast, a hearty treat and just plain indulgence! The following recipe though, comes with a twist. Add some chutzpah to regular pancakes with a splash of whisky, which in turn will definitely jazz up your day.

Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, is the Tuesday preceding Ash Wednesday of the Easter season, and honoured across most Commonwealth countries. In France, the day is celebrated as Mardis Gras which translates as “Fat Tuesday.” Indeed, this is yet another perfect excuse to indulge without too much guilt!


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups full-fat milk
  • ¼ cup Bourbon
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 15 gm unsalted butter
  • Salt to taste

The Process

So unleash your culinary creativity in the new year and try making a variation on the typical pancake.

In a large mixing bowl, sieve the flour. Combine it with brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt to taste, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and ground ginger. Whisk it well.

In a separate bowl, beat the milk, egg, and butter together. Gradually introduce it to the dry mix in the large bowl, and stir until it becomes into a smooth batter.

Heat oil a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat, and wipe the surface with kitchen paper. Pour small bits of the batter enough for a nice-sized pancake, and cook until you see some bubbles as the base gets light golden, so approximately for a minute.

Loosen the edges to flip the pancake, and cook until browned on the other side. Continue these simple steps ditto for the entire lot of batter.

In a small saucepan, add the bourbon with the maple syrup and bring it to a boil. Simmer on low heat for 7 to 8 minutes. Add the vanilla essence, and serve the delicious amber goodness poured over the warm pancakes.