Wine & Spirits

It’s Ice Cream Season

Not all bartenders fear the ice cream drink.

The Big Dipper, an ice cream cocktail developed by Johnny Michaels
The Big Dipper (named after Wilt Chamberlain)
I dig June. June has always been good to me. It’s a great time of year to enjoy one of the best things in the world: ice cream! 

Not all bartenders fear the ice cream drink; in fact, there are a handful of us who are embracing it. I’ve been working on the drinks list for Icehouse and have been having a blast with ice cream sodas, sorbet floats, and popsicles. Some of these will pack a punch, and some will be nonalcoholic.

Sorbet works nicely in cocktails containing sparkling wine, while I feel ice cream works best in milk punches or with straight liquor. Surprisingly, beer drinks, especially those made with stouts, are also a good vehicle for ice cream. The popsicles I’ve been working on will be served as a side complement with certain cocktails. Take a sip, take a nibble, and repeat as many times as you want. I think this season’s happy hours just got a little more fun. See you on the patio!