The dog days of summer aren’t quite over, which means there’s still plenty of time to get your sweet treat fix while it still feels more festive than indulgent. Enjoying a scoop of ice cream on a hot summer day has a way of transporting me straight back to my childhood, chasing down ice cream trucks and licking dripping cones at the beach. But while reliving wholesome memories is nice and all, why not make things a little more interesting and include some of the benefits of adulthood? Enter wine ice cream: the answer to all our prayers.
Thanks to the fabulously creative food world we live in, options to enjoy wine and ice cream together in one package abound. All I can say is, thank goodness for the people whose sweet tooth and wino instincts combined to the benefit of us all. We looked around for some of the people doing wine ice cream the best, so keep reading to find out how to take advantage of this combination-of-the-gods before summer ends:
The Brand Doing it Big: Mercer’s Dairy
Mercer’s Dairy in upstate New York has been gracing the world with wine ice cream since 2006. Not only do they boast a current selection of TEN different wine ice cream flavors, but their ice cream is actually alcoholic. That’s right, 5% alcohol-by-volume to be exact. While I haven’t been able to get my hands on a pint here on the West Coast, the internet waxes poetic about their Red Raspberry Chardonnay and Cherry Merlot flavors. The brand distributes nationally, but retailers tend to be concentrated east of the Mississippi. Fellow West Coasters, Mercer’s Dairy provides an online order form where you can buy in quantities up to 3-gallon tubes, just saying… (Website).
A Highlight Local to Aervana: Shug’s Soda Fountain in Seattle
Traveling to Seattle, it’s essentially guaranteed that you’ll find yourself in the Pioneer Square neighborhood, most likely to walk and shop the world famous Pike Place Market. Well, locals and tourists alike have another reason to head down between Pike and Pine, and that’s Shug’s Soda Fountain. Shug’s takes the nostalgia of an old school soda fountain and injects the best modern, local, and unique flavors and preparations into its ice cream experience. Pretty much everything they make is delicious, but we’re here for a reason: the alcohol-related treats. And they do not disappoint in that category. Shug’s has upwards of nine different house-made soda and syrup flavors available on any given day— add Champagne and ice cream, and you’ve got yourself the best boozy wine ice cream float out there. Oh, and they have a full ice cream cocktail menu. And a boozy affogato menu. Still here? Oh, you’ve left to sprint to Shug’s? I figured. (Website).
Make it Yourself: Wine Ice Cream Recipe Roundup from Brit + Co
As I sit here with my newly arrived Mercer’s Dairy 3-gallon tub (a girl can dream), I’m realizing that many people are actually industrious enough to create their OWN wine ice cream. I applaud your effort! If, unlike me— rather than attempting to find some home-leasing situation physically inside of Shug’s Soda Fountain— you’d like to make your own wine ice cream, luckily other soldiers in the fight to bring boozy treats to the masses have done much of the legwork for us. The bloggers extraordinaire at Brit + Co created a list 16-recipes-deep with a great breadth of wine varietals and preparation difficulties involved, so that just about any wino, sweet-tooth-haver can find something for them. For anyone who wants to mail in a tasting sample, the “Ultimate Dark Chocolate & Malbec Ice Cream” and “Raspberry Zinfandel Sorbet” recipes peaked special interest for me. Read the full list with recipe links here: (Website).