Named for the cocktail (you can read more about that here), this second spiked option has "hand-piped meringue kisses" and crushed orange candy. Oh, and a healthy dose of absinthe. As you probably know, absinthe is an anise-flavored liquor, so the first taste is like being on the receiving end of a licorice cannon. (Better or worse idea than the Cheeto cannon?) It settles down as you continue onwards to the crushed orange candy, which is quite refreshing, but sometimes hard to chew. If you find chocolate ice cream -- particularly the kind with cake and rum -- too rich, this is a pretty nice alternative. Just don't get any bright ideas and mix this with the Rum Ball. It will be confusing, and potent, and make you wonder why anyone pays you to do anything, much less review ice cream.
The holidays are a big, boozy occasion, and these ice creams certainly carry on that tradition. Your stuffy relatives who can barely stomach a glass of Merlot will hate them, but for the rollicking "kids' table" (i.e. you and your grown-up cousins), these could be just the ticket. Please scoop responsibly.
Kristin Hunt is a Food/Drink staff writer for Thrillist, and wonders how long it'll be before someone makes "Christmas ham" ice cream. Follow her at @kristin_hunt.