Mint Julep Ice Cream

Continuing our streak of tasty things made in connection to the Kentucky Derby, we decided to finally make the mint julep ice cream we’ve had in mind for some time.  This is a simple recipe that is a slight variation from the original bourbon ice cream we made a while back.  We used Woodford Reserve again because we feel it has the smoothest flavor and best texture to make ice cream.

Mint Julep Ice Cream
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 oz. mint leaves
1 cup milk
¾ cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
5 Tbsp. bourbon 

In a saucepan, gently bruise mint leaves.  Add milk and cream to mint, bring to a simmer, then remove from heat and let cool for half an hour or so.  Whisk in remaining ingredients.  Chill mixture in refrigerator for 30 minutes.  Pour mixture into ice cream maker for 30-40 minutes, or until it reaches your desired consistency.

Our ice cream was a little soft because we had some overspill with the bourbon.  Lesson learned: measure alcohol precisely when trying to freeze something.  We weren’t sure how much the mint would come through, but the result is a strong but not overpowering mint flavor that accompanies the mild bourbon flavor well (not unlike a mint julep).  It’s also very likely this ice cream would make a delicious milkshake, which we support wholeheartedly.  We support almost anything that provides an excuse to yell, “I DRINK IT UP!”

May 8, 2012 | Comments | Permalink |

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