Ice-cream and …booze!

The sun is still shining and that puts me in the mood for ice-cream. To be honest, I’m mostly always in the mood for ice-cream.

I spent a J1 summer in Chicago working in a Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream parlour and really landed in ice-cream heaven. Along with wearing tie-dye t-shirts as part of my job I had to familiarise myself with every flavour they made! Tough work, eh? Do you know what goes into Chunky Monkey? The down side is that ice-cream is actually pretty hard work;  lots of lifting heavy cold blocks, quite a bit of time spent in freezers and you can get weird rash along the inside of your arms from scooping ice-cream if you don’t keep your arms clean and dry (who would have thought!). I became a dab hand at ice-cream cakes and spent much of my time at block parties throughout the city working the ice-cream cart. As I was a student working in an ice-cream it was pretty inevitable I would start experimenting with ice-cream and alcohol, my inspiration was the traditional root beer float. I was never a fan of root beer, I much prefer real beer but I wanted to creat the fizzy foamy magic that happens when you combine fizzy drinks with ice-cream. I also have very happy childhood memories of slurping HB vanilla in a glass with red lemonade!

ben and jerry's ice-cream truck! ben and jerrys outside the Lincon Park shop

where I worked, the internet telle me its now closed
where I worked for a summer, the internet tells me it’s now closed

Even though I LOVE ice-cream I’d never actually made any myself untill last night. I am now the proud creator of a nice big pot of raspberry sorbet which I’m sure won’t last long but gave me incredible satisfaction blitzing up this morning. To be fair my sister did most of the hard work, I just took a hand blender to it after a night in the freezer. I’ve found the only really useful bit of the ice-cream maker I used was the cold bowl I will follow-up with a detailed description of how I made the sorbet but let’s focus on the recipes I’m making on Late Lunch

So this week on late lunch live I’m mixing ice-cream and booze!

Drink 1

This is a refreshing sorbet based drinks so it gluten, egg and dairy free!

rasperry sorbet (from the shop or make it yourself)

Limoncello ( Italian lemon liqueur: lots of places have it such as Bradley’s in Cork or you can make it yourself with lemons vodka nd a bit of sugar)

Prosecco (I used delicious So Prosecco, from Nextdoor Kildare, Fallon & Byrne or good off-licences) or sparkling water

Put a scoop of sorbet into a glass, drizzle over the limoncello, top up with prosecco or sparkling water!


raspberry lambic float!

Drink 2

Raspberry lambic float

This is the simplest and most delicious this! I have a very soft sopt for lambic beer it it quite an amazing thing!

1 bottle raspberry lambic  ( I used Timmerman’s you can get it in spelicised beer shops €3.60 approx Kreik, sour cherry works well too)

put the ice-cream in a glass and top up with beer… easy as that!

Drink 3

A real experiment! I have been a fan of Toruble Brewing for some time and their dark arts porter is smooth and rich and delicious. So it’s a pleasure to mix it up with something also delicious, chocolate ice cream. I added some Muldoons’ irish whiskey liqueur. I discover the hazelnut butterscotch whiskey liqueur while at taste Dublin recently.

Trouble brewing *hearts* Muldoons
Trouble brewing *hearts* Muldoons

Trouble Brewing Dark Arts Porter€3.50 ish ( Nextdoor, Kildare, O’Briens, good beer shops!)

Muldoon’s Irish Whiskey Liqueur €22-ish ( Celtic Whiskey shop)

Chocolate ice-cream

Pop the ice cream in a glass, drizzle over the Muldoon’s, top up with dark arts… you have to try this!