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Ice-Cream Cocktails For Kim

Today's post comes to you courtesy of my cousin, Kim.

Kim asked me last night to create a cocktail featuring chocolate ice-cream.

On the way back from picking the ice-cream up this morning, I bumped into my neighbors, Steve and Sue.

Sue said she was enjoying my cocktail posts, so I told her about Kim's challenge.

Sue said I should add chocolate syrup, maraschino cherries and sprinkles.

Hell yeah, I thought. A party in a glass.

Boozy ice cream has been having a moment for a while now. Back when I was writing my Bartender's Best column for the Sun-Sentinel, I featured a spiked milkshake from a local restaurant.

My niece, Sommer, was thrilled recently to receive a half dozen spirit laced pints of ice- cream as a gift.

An internet search turned up quite a few recipes for spiked floats. Floats are ice- cream mixed with some kind of soda, like the classic vanilla ice cream and root beer.

While all of these are nice, I didn't think they were what Kim had in mind

Milkshakes and floats tend to be large drinks, and can be quite filling.

I thought something along the lines of an ice-cream martini might work, but I wasn't sure if I should use the ice-cream in scoops, or blend it with the liquor.

Scooped, it turned out to be a mess. If you like to drink shots, then this may be the way to go, since it would have to completely melt for the ice-cream to blend with the liquor. But this definitely wasn't for me.

Especially because I was using bourbon for my first attempt. Bourbon, I thought, would marry well with chocolate ice-cream and stand up to chocolate sauce and sprinkles.

Next I dumped the drink in the blender and blitzed it. Not bad, but I felt like something was missing.

There was half a banana on the counter, because the experiment had started with a make your own sundae for Rory.

After adding the banana and blitzing again, I tasted. I loved it. It was like drinking a banana split.

Since not everyone is a fan of bourbon, I wanted to do at least one more drink for Kim.

This time I brought out the Bailey's and vodka. There were some beautiful strawberries on the counter also, so I threw one in.

I also added a larger amount of ice-cream since I wanted to put this drink in a Champagne coupe.

Having already melted chocolate for the other drink's chocolate syrup, I decided to garnish with a chocolate covered strawberry.

I really, really loved this one.

Both are perfect as a sweet aperitif or dessert.

Finally, I dumped the second drink into a Ball jar and topped it with sparkling water and sprinkles. A float!

This, I thought, would be really nice to have while lounging around the pool.

Do you have a favorite cocktail utilizing ice- cream? If so, I'd love to hear about it. Please drop me a line in the comment section below.


Banana Split Martini

3 ounces neapolitan ice cream

2 slices banana

1.5 ounce Bourbon

Chocolate syrup, sprinkles, one slice banana and a maraschino cherry for garnish

Whiz the ice cream, banana and bourbon in a blender.

Drip a little chocolate syrup into a chilled martini glass if desired.

Add the ice cream mixture. Top with a little more chocolate syrup and sprinkles. Garnish the side of the glass with the additional banana slice and the maraschino cherry.

Serves One

Kickin' With Kim

5 ounces of chocolate ice cream

1 ounce Bailey's Liqueur

1 ounce vodka

1 strawberry, leaves removed

1 chocolate covered strawberry and chocolate shavings for garnish, if desired.

Add ice cream, Bailey's, vodka and strawberry to a blender. Blend well.

Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with a chocolate covered strawberry and chocolate shavings.

Serves One

Kickin' Float

Pour above drink into a larger glass or jar. Add 3 ounces sparkling water or club soda to turn into a float.

Garnish with sprinkles and a strawberry.

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Tracey Broussard
Tracey Broussard
Jul 15, 2020

Thanks, Alan. Glad I could bring back a fond memory. I will most definitely heed your warning!


Jul 15, 2020

Reminds me of being on the billion dollar cruise boat called The Edge. They made Chocolate Martini’s, they went down so smooth and easy I must of had 5. What did I care, Linda paid for the all you can drink package. Good thing, they would’ve cost $15 a glass. So, yeah I hear you. But ice creams martini’s... too thick.

Beware of the caffeine in those suckers, extremely emabarassing moments of being drunk and

hyper at the same time.

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