One of the hottest trends in drinking today comes from one of the coolest desserts out there. Several high profile eateries and bars from around the country are now serving up alcohol-infused ice cream, and it’s every bit as delicious as you can imagine. In combining two of the best vices known to humanity, what’s not to love?
In San Francisco, the Mission’s most popular dessert destination is Humphry Slocombe (2790 Harrison Street). Known for their eclectic array of inventive flavors, it was one of their original sinful concoctions that helped put them on the map: Secret Breakfast–bourbon ice cream mixed with cornflakes. And while you’d have to eat a whole bunch of this boozy confection in order to notice a significant buzz, all it takes is one taste in order to enjoy the oaky and smoky characteristics that define barrel-aged bourbon.
Down in Los Angeles, a newcomer appropriately named the Drunken Udder is making a splash with an entire line of alcohol-infused goodness. Boasting such imaginative creations as Saffron Candied Ginger SoCo, and Tequila Vanilla Bean with Toasted Pepita Praline, Southern Californians are all abuzz over these diabolical desserts. The Dirty Elvis is a must-have, served up at the W Hotel in West Hollywood.
In the East Coast, Max and Mina’s (7126 Main Street) of Queens dishes out several varieties of spiked specialties, including beer, merlot, and champagne ice creams. Over in the West Village of Manhattan, dessert-lovers go gaga over the Johnnie Walker Black Label Gelato at Cones (272 Bleecker Street). Even at $15 for a serving, it’s always in high-demand. If you fancy yourself a scotch drinker it will definitely be worth a taste even for just the novel experience of tasting Black Label with the smooth texture of homemade ice cream.
Alcohol-enriched ice cream is a treat that we can all sink our teeth into. And being that desserts and drinking our two of my favorite (and only) vices on the planet, I sure hope that this trend is here to stay.