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Bourbon-Chocolate Mousse

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields 3 cups.

Servings: 4


  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbs. confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 Tbs. bourbon
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (3/4 cup)
  • 4 large egg whites, preferably at room temperature
  • Pinch table salt

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size based on four servings
  • Calories (kcal) : 300
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 210
  • Fat (g): 23
  • Saturated Fat (g): 13
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3
  • Cholesterol (mg): 40
  • Sodium (mg): 140
  • Carbohydrates (g): 21
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 6


  • Put 4 small (at least 3/4 cup) individual serving bowls in the refrigerator.
  • Bring the heavy cream and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan and remove the pan from the heat (don’t just turn off the burner). Stir in the bourbon and vanilla. Add the chocolate and let it sit for 5 minutes without stirring. Whisk the chocolate and cream until smooth and then transfer the ganache to a large bowl. Don’t refrigerate.
  • In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites and the salt with a hand mixer on high speed just until they form stiff peaks when you lift the beaters.
  • With a rubber spatula, fold about one-quarter of the beaten whites into the ganache to lighten it. Then gently fold in the remaining whites, taking care not to deflate them. Divide the mousse among the chilled bowls and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes but preferably 1 hour and up to 24 hours.

Top the mousse with a dollop of whipped cream or crème fraîche and sprinkle with cocoa powder, if desired. Garnish with fresh raspberries or strawberries.


The egg whites in this recipe are not cooked, but we don’t recommend using pasteurized egg whites, because they tend to separate after they’re folded into the ganache.


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Reviews (8 reviews)

  • montanajan | 11/11/2019

    I made this for my birthday dinner and was not disappointed. It was light but rich...go figure! I used Woodford Reserve bourbon and made the recipe exactly as written. Served in brandy glasses with piped whipped cream and raspberries in the glass. I wish I had taken a picture because it was lovely.

  • Danamay07 | 01/04/2015

    Got rave reviews! Don't skip out on the whip cream-it needs a little sweetness to balance out the bitter chocolate. But those that love 'not sweet' deserts, go for it!!!

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