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Caramel/Butterscotch Sauce

Yields1 Serving

 1/4 cup butter
 1/2 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
 1/2 cup whipping cream or eggnog
 1/4-1/2 tsp. sea salt (or to taste)
 1 tsp. vanilla
 1 tsp. instant coffee or espresso (optional - if you want coffee caramel)

Whisk everything but the vanilla in a small pot set over medium heat. Bring to a gentle boil and simmer for about 5 minutes, whisking occasionally. Remove from heat and add the vanilla and espresso, if you're using it.