Saturday, June 11, 2011
ICE CREAM DRINKS FOR ADULTS
Tonight we went out to dinner with two other couples. As much as I love to entertain and host dinner parties, I must admit that I really enjoyed going out to a restaurant and being waited on. It was a nice treat!
After the meal, we invited our friends over to our house for drinks and more conversation. I made ice cream brandy Alexanders. This is kind of like an after-dinner drink and a dessert, all in one. I know they are fattening…but they are SO delicious! Tonight we sipped on our ice cream drinks outside, while we dangled our feet in the pool, listened to the bullfrogs croaking in the pond behind our backyard, stared up at the stars and just talked and laughed. To me, that’s about as good as it gets!
There have been times over the years when we just had friends over for cards and these drinks, and we didn’t need anything more. That alone was enough for an enjoyable evening! They’re also a wonderful finale to a full meal that you’ve served as well.
My recipe for ice cream brandy Alexanders is below, along with the directions for making two other ice cream versions of popular mixed drinks. Next time you have friends over, you might want to make up one of these recipes yourself.
Ice Cream Brandy Alexanders
1 quart coffee ice cream, softened
5 T. brandy
5 T. crème de cacao
¼ to ½ cup half-and-half (depending on desired consistency)
Topping: Whipped cream (canned or freshly whipped)
Garnish: Grated nutmeg
Place the ice cream, brandy, crème de cacao and half-and-half in blender. Blend on medium speed until smooth. Pour into 4 glasses. Garnish with whipped cream and grated nutmeg. Serve immediately.
Ice Cream Pina Coladas
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple (with juice—undrained)
1 cup pinepple juice
1 cup light rum
4 T. coconut cream
1 quart vanilla custard ice cream, softened
4 fresh pineapple spears (optional)
Please all the ingredients except pineapple spears in a blender. Blend at medium speed until smooth. Pour into 4 glasses and garnish with pineapple spears.
Ice Cream Strawberry Daiquiris
1 quart strawberry ice cream, softened
½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup light rum
Juice of 1 lime
6 large fresh strawberries, hulled, washed, halved, and cut in fans
Place the ice cream, strawberries, and rum in blender. Add the lime juice and blend on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour into 6 wide stemmed glasses and garnish with strawberry fans.