I wanted to spice up my whip cream so I used this recipe:

  • 1 c. heavy cream, chilled
  • 1/2 c. Packed light brown sugar
  • 1/8 t salt
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 2 t. bourbon

I chilled the mixing bowl, mixed the ingredients - let them chill for 3 hours - then used my mixer to 'whip' up the cream topping, and all I got was a consistency that was slightly stiffer than the sour cream.

Am I doing something wrong? Or is that the consistency I can expect from a sour cream whip? (Oh - I'm at high elevation also - almost a mile up - that always affects everything in some way)

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The minimum fat needed so cream will whip is 30%. Most brands sell whipping cream at 30%, a few at 33%. This means you cannot whip cream with any add-ins, except for hygroscopic powders (sugar) or a few drops of an essence or food coloring.

You should be able to whip a mixture starting with double cream (48%) and other water-based liquids, as long as the total fat content is 30% or more. Alcohol might be a problem, because it dissolves fat, you'll have to experiment if it works out or not. But first, you would need a source for double cream, and that's not easy to find.

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    I agree with this answer, and I think it implies that the first thing the OP should try is to simply remove the sour cream from their experiment; the other ingredients in those quantities seem less likely to be an issue (although that sounds like a huge amount of sugar to me from a taste perspective).
    – dbmag9
    Commented Nov 26, 2021 at 22:18
  • @dbmag9 I think that'd depend on the fat content of the sour cream. Looking online, apparently there are a number of different types of sour cream with different fat percentages in them.
    – nick012000
    Commented Nov 27, 2021 at 14:13
  • I would whip the cream before mixing the other stuff in.
    – abligh
    Commented Nov 27, 2021 at 15:34
  • @abligh you can add this as a separate answer. If you have tried it before, you may even tell us how well it keeps the whole mix firm. But even if you haven't, it sounds different enough to merit an answer.
    – rumtscho
    Commented Nov 27, 2021 at 17:36

@rumtscho answered the "why" for the title question very well.

Here i will try to give "the how" to solve the problem...

Am I doing something wrong? Or is that the consistency I can expect from a sour cream whip?

You could modify your procedure to something more similar to making a "Diplomat Cream", which is custard mixed with whipped cream.

  1. Mix the salt, sugar, sour cream and bourbon. This may involve waiting for the sugar to dissolve into the sour cream (avoid heating because sour cream will split if overheated). Then refrigerate until needed.
  2. Whip the cream alone (over an ice bath) to medium peaks. (This is the point at which the tip of the peaks curl over on themselves when the beaters are lifted).
  3. Ensuring that the whipped cream is still cold, gently fold through the sour cream mixture. This would be best achieved by sliding a thin edged scraper down the side of the bowl, and lifting the whipped cream through the sour cream.

It should also be noted that the stiffer the whipped cream is, then the more it will resist mixing and may hold in clumps, plus you risk overworking the cream (when trying to smooth out the lumps) which leads to splitting. So err on the side of caution when whipping the cream. It is better to sacrifice a little lift/aeration than to ruin the batch entirely.

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