Many types of whiskey can be used in a caramel sauce, though rye is a good choice because of its inherent spice. In addition to caramel and vanilla flavors common to all barrel-aged spirits, rye grain offers a deeper flavor with a distinctive note of allspice. A few dashes of bitters rounds out the whiskey’s spice with additional notes of clove.

Bananas are great foils to the spicy-sweet flavor of this caramel sauce, though it’s also hard to beat atop classic vanilla ice cream.