We’re all about spiking ice cream. From boozy milkshakes like the Mudslide, to frothy floats, to kicked up sundaes, it’s all great. And now, thanks to some innovative creameries, we can cut out the middleman and indulge in booze-infused ice cream straight from the pint. No, we’re not talking about booze flavored ice cream, like Ben & Jerry’s new Urban Bourbon ice cream. These brands use the real stuff. Here, the best boozy ice cream brands you to need to buy now.
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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
Known for its creative flavors and quality ingredients, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams offers spirited ice creams like Middle West Whiskey & Pecans and Hot Toddy Sorbet. The ice cream can be found in retailers nationwide or purchased online, either by the individual pint ($12) or as part of larger collection.
Salt & Straw
This West Coast cult favorite ice cream shop features new flavors every month made from unconventional ingredients such as black truffle, blue cheese, foie gras and, of course, booze. To celebrate the new year, Salt & Straw offered Champagne-flavored ice cream throughout January, while previous flavors have included Tequila-Spiked Eggnog and Bourbon-Spiked Pecan Pie. You can order a customized five-pack for $65, or for the same monthly price, you can join their Seasonal Pints Club to enjoy five seasonal flavors every month.
Ice Cream Jubilee
While this Washington DC scoop shop offers more conventional boozy flavors like Banana Bourbon Caramel and Eggnog, they are known to experiment with lesser-used liquors for flavors like Gin & Tonic (made with Beefeater gin), Grapefruit Campari, and Kahlúa Truffle. Order a customized six-pack online ($73) or opt for seasonal collections.
Purple Door Ice Cream
This Wisconsin ice creamery offers inventive alcoholic creations like Bourbon Praline Pecan, Absinthe, Orange Bitters Chocolate Chip, Rum Horchata and Salted Lime Margarita. Order your favorite pints online, or select the “Happy Hour 4-Pack,” ($45) which features Whiskey, Brandy Old Fashioned, Beer and Pretzels, and Vanilla (“as a chaser”).
This San Francisco ice cream shop is known to have some of the most wild flavors in the game, and their boozy offerings are no exception. In the past, the shop has offered Negroni Sorbet, Gingerbread Guinness, Barley Wine and Glenlivet, but their most popular flavor of all time is their signature Secret Breakfast—bourbon ice cream with cornflakes. When you order a six-pack online ($90), be sure to include their Boozy Sauce Duo ($40): Bourbon Caramel and (in true San Fran’ fashion) Fernet Fudge.
New Orleans Ice Cream Co.
The spirit of the Big Easy is distilled into this ice cream, which comes in flavors inspired by classic NOLA dishes like pralines and beignets. Liquor lovers will be happy to hear that their Bananas Foster and Cajun Rum Raisin flavors use real rum, while Brandy Milk Punch uses real Brandy to recreate the beloved New Orleans cocktail. Order online by the pint ($6) or pick up from retailers throughout the country.
The most well-known and commercially available boozy ice cream brand, Tipsy Scoop incorporates alcohol into every flavor and claims that each pint contains enough booze to get you feeling, well, tipsy. Some of the most popular flavors are Cake Batter Vodka Martini, Tequila Mexican “Hot” Chocolate (made with Patrón XO Café Incendio) and Maple Bacon Bourbon. The brand is commonly found in grocery stores like Whole Foods nationwide, but you can also order 4-pint-packs ($60) and 3-quart-packs ($75) of any flavor online.