3 of my favorite words: bourbon ice cream

bourbon ice cream

I made this ice cream a while ago and I think its time for a repeat double scoop. This ice cream is actually low in fat and is adapted from a Mark Bittman recipe called “cornstarch ice cream”. When you call it cornstarch ice cream, you’re probably not going to get many takers – in fact when I told my husband what I was making, he grimaced. But throw in bourbon, buttermilk and a whole lot of mix-ins like sour cherries, toasted coconut, roasted almonds and dark chocolate? Well, then it gets seriously awesome.

bourbon ice cream

Clearly, I’m suffering from lack of restraint but it’s not a bad thing here at all. Years ago, Cornelius and I were discussing our dream ice cream flavour and we came up with the name “Crazy Go Nuts”. I was imagining something with a cinnamon base, lots of roasted nuts, coconut and some dark chocolate for good measure. This comes close to my idea of crazy but kicks it with way more deliciousness because of the addition of bourbon. Bourbon! And because I do go whole hog here, you might wonder if anything gets lost, but I’m proud to say that every flavour adds something special. The boozy warmth of the bourbon, vanilla and cinnamon, the roasted bits of coconut and almonds and the tart freshness of the sour cherries all add up to a very good thing indeed. I’m not even going to mention the dark chocolate. However, I should talk about the buttermilk because it does add a slight tang to the whole thing. The texture is nubbly from all the bits but it’s oh-so-creamy without the heavy cream. Which means it’s time for a double scoop, please.

Oh, and if you don’t have an ice cream maker, don’t fret! You can make this! Just pour the mixture into a shallow metal pan, freeze it, whisk it every 30 minutes or so until it begins to thicken, add in the mix-ins and continue stirring.

elsewhere: I make a whole wheat cookie in my fishy cast iron skillet. Find out more over at ReadyMade. And at Poppytalk, I declare my love for (soy) chorizo and make a breakfast skillet hash.

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37 comments to “3 of my favorite words: bourbon ice cream”

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    Emily   April 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    This recipe and I are meant to be. 100% compatibility. Thanks Jeanette!

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    lo   April 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    You needn’t fret about your lack of restraint in this case. That ice cream sounds positively wonderful. The word “cornstarch” probably wouldn’t have grabbed me, but you totally had me at “bourbon.”

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    vanilla sugar blog   April 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    so the cornstarch makes it a better texture i’m guessing? i trust Bittman with all that he creates.
    and you know, I’m with you, i love bourbon in ice cream, but i think i want to add in some crispy pecans. i had spicy bourbon pecans once and almost died in foodie heaven lol.
    great post–thank you!!

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    Molly   April 18, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Oh man. I don’t think this ice cream would last very long in my house. Heck, I don’t think it would even make it past the counter next to the freezer. Yum!

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    Meister @ The Nervous Cook   April 19, 2011 at 5:35 am

    I laughed out loud at this line: “When you call it cornstarch ice cream, you’re probably not going to get many takers.” The “bourbon” definitely offsets “cornstarch!” My husband would have the same reaction at first, I’m sure.

    Sounds and looks delicious, though — wonder how it would work with the last bit of the 12yo dark Nicaraguan rum we have left, too…

    (PS I’m also a Maker’s girl. Cheers!)

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    Mo'Betta   April 19, 2011 at 6:07 am

    Oh my…this makes me want to go buy an ice cream maker. Right now. And you totally had me at “bourbon” :)

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    Dana   April 19, 2011 at 8:44 am

    My husband is a bourbon fanatic. He would die for this ice cream. I can’t believe how well it set up with the bourbon! And to have it be lower in fat is just a huge win. Delicious Jeannette!

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    kickpleat   April 19, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I’m so glad, Emily! Enjoy.

    Lo, yes, cornstarch ice cream is such an unfortunate name – but it’s certainly a surprising treat. And: Bourbon!!

    Molly, it tastes best right out of the machine when it’s all soft and oozy. Yum! No waiting involved then :)

    Meister, try it with rum!! Rum raisin would be amazing I think! Endless variations to this recipe :)

    Mo’Betta, ice cream maker not necessary, but nice. Very nice.

    Dana, it worked really well and I think the bourbon helped it not to get rock hard in the freezer a day later. Thanks!

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    cindy   April 19, 2011 at 9:16 am

    ooooooh. yum!

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    NicoleD   April 19, 2011 at 11:09 am

    This is so interesting! I’ve never heard of using cornstarch in ice cream, but I do not have much ice cream experience :) If Crazy Go Nuts was in the store, I would totally pick it up! Thanks for the directions minus the ice cream maker, too.

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    bonniebonnielass   April 19, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Seriously awesome is right. This looks so good. Can’t wait to try.

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    Rachel (Olalliberry)   April 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Mmm, bourbon with sour cherries and chocolate sounds wonderful. Thank you for giving instructions for those of us without ice cream makers, I would love to give this a try sometime.

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    Bijoux   April 19, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    Call it what you will, it looks delicious! I’ve been wanting to make home made ice cream lately but this weather is freezing as it is. Can’t wait to try this!

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    Haley   April 19, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    This looks amazing, and I just thrifted myself a ‘new’ ice cream maker, I can’t wait to give this a try!

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    Maddie   April 19, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    This stuff looks perfect as is, but if I were going to add anything, it’d be a drizzle of bourbon butterscotch sauce. That might be too much bourbon in one dish—but then again, there might not be such a thing as too much bourbon. :)

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    Wendy   April 20, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Oh my i’m salivating, especially of the idea of bourbon in desert. No need to wait for happy hour…lol

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    Joanne   April 20, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Restraint seems like a totally ridiculous concept when it comes to ice cream. Why bother? This is jammed pack with delicious mix-ins and I love it!

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    Gourmet   April 20, 2011 at 4:27 am

    Waw, great idea! I will definitely try out this recipe. Thanx a lot!

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    Lynn   April 20, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I am very pro ice cream. And I approve of bourbon, too. This looks like a definite must make!

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    sues   April 20, 2011 at 10:13 am

    LOVE this! I mean, who wouldn’t? 3 very sweet words :)

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    heather   April 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    We’ve yet to try a cornstarch ice cream, and I think given my inability to handle bourbon on its own, this will be added to the short list (after moving and the ice cream maker is unpacked). In this moment, I appreciate your “lack of restraint”!



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    Kasey   April 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Cornstarch ice cream – not generally my cup of tea. But throw in a little bourbon…and all is right in the world.

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    HK   April 21, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    This looks amazing! Do you think changing the milk will do much difference good or bad? I notice that the NYT version says you can use Skim Milk, or Half and Half. Have you tried any variations? I’m also curious about using coconut milk or almond. Thanks for the input! :)

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    sheila @ Elements   April 22, 2011 at 9:30 am

    sounds awesome!! I might make this with coconut milk instead of whole milk. The bourbon in it must take it over the top! :)

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    kickpleat   April 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Yum, definitely, Cindy!

    NicoleD, the cornstarch thickens this up nicely so you don’t miss all that cream. Plus, it makes your tongue feel less oily as sometimes rich ice creams can do.

    thanks Bonnie!

    Rachel, I hope you give it a try!

    Bijoux, it’s not really warming up here either, but I love ice cream any time :)

    Haley, I thrifted mine too! Hooray for cheap kitchen appliances!!

    Hush, Maddie, there’s never such a thing as too much bourbon. Next time fo sho!

    Why wait, Wendy?

    Thanks Joanne & Gourmet.

    Lynn, who wouldn’t be pro ice cream? Enjoy!

    thanks sues, I agree completely.

    Thanks Heather – who need restraint here? Good luck with your move!

    Kasey, it’s surprisingly good. I was shocked. Maybe the bourbon is its saviour.

    HK, I haven’t tried using different milks, but I did a search on google and people have tried skim, and non-dairy milks with excellent results. Try it!

    Sheila, I think this would be great with coconut milk!!

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    HK   April 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    OK! I tried this with coconut milk and non-fat milk. It’s really good! I don’t have an ice cream maker, so I just put it in the freezer and mixed it every 30 min for a couple hours and let it sit overnight. My only complaint is that it’s very crystallized (like a Popsicle) and not as creamy as I thought, which I’m assuming is possibly since it’s made with non-fat milk and without a maker. Any suggestions to make it creamier?

    I have to say I love the coconut flavor- it’s amazing!

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    kickpleat   April 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    HK, so glad you enjoyed it! The crystals might have something to do with the lower fat content and having it freeze overnight. I think eating it when it’s at it’s “soft serve” consistency is best. Mark Bittman said the same thing, so I’m guessing he knows. That said, I was still pretty impressed with eating some the next day. It was harder but not full of ice crystals and still creamy – though not as creamy as tasting it the same day.

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    Julie   April 24, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    Sounds totally divine. And soft-serve-style – even better!!

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    kickpleat   April 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks Julie, this is a winner :)

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    Elizabeth   April 25, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Hhhoooohhh dear. This looks amazing. I’ll admit, I’m a bit skeptical about the cornstarch, but after your gushing review, I may just give it a shot anyways.

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen   April 26, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I just randomly came across your blog when searching tastespotting for a chocolate chip bundt cake, and I already love it!

    This ice cream looks delicious…I’ve been holding on to a recipe for a bourbon ice cream for a couple weeks now that has maple and bacon in it. I love the idea of chocolate and cherry together too though!

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    kickpleat   April 26, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Elizabeth, try it! I really loved it and thought it was creamy and perfect.

    Aw, thanks so much Maggie! Mmmm, bacon, chocolate and bourbon? Sounds like a winner!

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    Mary   May 2, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Hello there! Love the blog, and all the tasty recipe ideas you post. Thanks for all your work, and for sharing!
    Ever since I saw the bourbon ice cream recipe, I’ve been obsessed with making it. I now have an ice cream maker (okay, may have bought one anyway, but this recipe tipped me over the edge), I bought bourbon, but have totally failed to find sour cherries. Obviously they’re not in season, so… did you happen to have some stashed away from last year in your deep freeze? I also live in Vancouver and am not sure if there’s a secret sour cherry supplier I don’t know about (frozen cherries of any kind seem impossible to find). Help! Thanks so much! :)

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    kickpleat   May 4, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Thanks Mary! Yeah, sour cherries are hard to find. The food co-op on Commercial Drive used to carry them but they will special order them – however you’d have to buy the whole box full and I have no deep freezer. However, every summer, I buy fresh sour cherries from the Okanagan, when the farmer posts on Craigslist and he sells out of his truck. Set up an rss feed for the phrase “sour cherries” or “pie cherries” and you might just hit the sour cherry jackpot. I buy 10 lbs at a time and they keep me in joy all year!

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    Elizabeth   May 21, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I gasped when I saw this, as in, “Oh my god. Yum.” I’m thinking of an all coconut milk vegan version for a party next week.

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    kickpleat   May 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Yes, give it a try Elizabeth, I’m sure it will be delicious!

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    Ashley   June 7, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Wow I’m loving this creation of yours! If I saw it in the store I’d definitely want to buy it.

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