Alcoholic ice cream at home, no trip to Canada needed


While Canadians may have boozy Haagen-Dazs, you don’t have to cross the border to get alcoholic ice cream.

Recently, everyone was excited about Haagen-Dazs alcoholic ice cream flavors. But, booze-ice cream isn’t new. BUZZ-Bar introduced its product years ago. Truthfully, booze-infused desserts have been around for a long time. Many people sip their dessert – chocolate martini anyone.

Still, the Haagen-Dazs announcement had me thinking. Why can’t everyone have boozy ice cream? Since July is National Ice Cream month, here are two easy ways to add a little boozy boost to your ice cream?

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Boozy Ice Cream Shakes

This type of boozy ice cream treat is the easiest. Take ice cream, vanilla works best, and add some liquor. Kahlua, Baileys and Amarula work really well. Actually, you could probably almost anything. Chocolate ice cream and bourbon or strawberry ice cream and rum are other options.

The idea is to add some liquor as a replacement to all the milk. It is simple and easy. Just watch the ratios. Like a good cocktail, no drink should have an over-powering alcoholic taste. The idea is to have flavor not fire.

Alcoholic ice cream, Curious Creamery, photo from PRNewswire

Make boozy ice cream at home

Alcohol doesn’t freeze. Getting the right consistency for ice cream can be tricky. Of course a professional can figure out the best ratios, but who has time to experiment. Luckily, the Curious Creamery has taken the guess work out of the equation. This ice cream mix doesn’t even need an ice cream machine.

Simply combine the mix, your choice of liquid and liquor in a bowl. Blend the mixture and freeze. The next day you will have the boozy ice cream. The biggest downside to this product is that you have to wait for the mixture to freeze. If you have a tank of liquid nitrogen at home, maybe you can freeze it immediately.

The Curious Creamery flavors are a little more varied that just a boozy milkshake. Flavors like Mint Mojito or Margarita sound like favorite frozen cocktails that are eaten with a spoon. I don’t know if I would eat these ice cream treats on their own, but they would be good with another dessert. For example, the mint mojito with some fresh fruit and a shortbread cookie would make a great composed dessert.

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When another person laments that only Canadians have booze ice cream, tell them to stop crying in their ice cream bowl. Alcoholic ice cream is all around; you just have to look for it.