Did you know that we celebrate National Ice Cream Day every July? This year, it falls on Sunday, July 19th, but you really don’t need an excuse to beat the summer heat with some deliciously sweet ice cream.
This summer, however, we can all use an extra special treat. Why not take things to a new level and add some boozy goodness to your sweets? Yep, we’re talking about learning how to make ice cream with alcohol.
Sure, you can simply stick to a boozy ice cream float. But, if you want to get really creative and crazy, here’s how to make alcoholic ice cream that’ll be the hit of any summer party this year.
How Alcohol Affects the Texture of Ice Cream
Before diving into some delicious recipes, it’s important to understand how adding liquor to ice cream affects the texture of the desert. So, let’s start off by answering the question: does alcohol freeze?
No, alcohol doesn’t freeze, which means that when you’re making boozy ice cream, adding liquor results in a creamier texture. Alcohol such as tequila or vodka will help prevent large ice crystals from forming in the mixture, therefore making it softer and creamier.
It’s important to note, however, that to reap the benefits of this kind of creamy texture, you need to add hard liquor that’s about at least 40 percent alcohol. You can, of course, add liqueurs and other flavorings such as creme de menthe, but it’s not going to help as much with the texture.
And, you’ll also want to be mindful of the fact that adding more alcohol to the mix can eventually result in a runny mixture that won’t freeze at all. So, stick with the amount that the recipes call for (adding a sneaky extra shot won’t hurt, though).
Things to Keep in Mind When Making Ice Cream with Alcohol
Liquor-infused ice cream is delicious and aside from being mindful of how much you’re adding so as not to affect the texture too much, there are a few other things to keep in mind.
You’re going to want to make your ice cream base first. So, whatever alcoholic ice cream recipe you’re following, you’re going to make the base first as you normally would. Then, think about adding in the right kind of alcohol to mix with the flavor of the base.
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