I Hate Ice Cream!
Said no one.
We all love ice cream; scoops, sundaes, sodas, shakes and splits. All forms and flavors with sprinkles, chocolate, hot fudge, caramel sauce and topped of course with whipped cream and a cherry!
But what if you want to add a little adult fun to your ice cream? (and for those of you whose thoughts immediately went to certain ummm… recreational activities, that is not what this blog is about. Try to stay with me here.)
What I am talking about here is liquors, liqueurs and even the humble beer. That’s right tipsy ice cream treats.
Some of the easiest are liqueur sundaes. Top a scoop of vanilla ice cream with Kahlua, some whipped cream and sprinkle with crushed coffee beans. Try a splash of Grand Marnier or Cointreau over chocolate ice cream garnished with chocolate sprinkles and a twist of orange.
Or open an ice cream “bar” for your friends. Put out a selection of liqueurs; Amaretto, Bailey's Irish Crème, Frangelico, and the aforementioned Kahlua, Grand Marnier and Cointreau are some popular choices.
Choose a complementary ice cream flavor (vanilla goes with everything but be adventurous!) and scoop it into pretty dishes kept in the freezer until time for the party.
Vintage glassware from Charmings Collectibles adds a touch of whimsy. Here we have some elegant stemmed goblets by Heisey/Imperial and Depression glass sherbets paired with pretty china saucers, silver plated spoons and pastel straws.
Add a selection of toppings and a bowl of whipped cream so that your guests can pick their liqueur and build their own sundaes.Featured here is a grouping of Wexford glass from Charmings Collectibles. Use a creamer for your hot fudge or caramel topping, add a sherbet full of nuts or candies and a gather a selection of sprinkles on a glass tray.
There are some terrific sites on the net for ice cream cocktails and here are a few of my favorites
- Ice Cream Floats - http://www.brit.co/spike-your-sweets-5-classic-cocktail-ice-cream-floats/
- Cocktails - http://www.absolutdrinks.com/en/drinks/with/vanilla-ice-cream/ Tipsy Shakes - http://www.buzzfeed.com/arielknutson/26-boozy-milkshakes-that-know-how-to-party#862vvy
- Beer and Ice cream? Yes! - http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/08/best-beer-float-ice-cream-combination-cicerone.html