Although, at first glance, it might seem like an unlikely combination, craft beer fans have known for years the beauty of a beer ice cream float—taking that first taste with reserved speculation and then letting the magical combination of dairy cream sweetness and rich beer goodness envelop their mouths.
Now, a few enthusiasts are taking that magic to the next level and putting beer in ice cream.
Eating this delicious ice cream is much more satisfying than just drinking beer straight out of the bottle and would taste absolutely amazing sandwiched between two cookies or served on top of chocolaty brownies. For the ultimate ice cream, try sprinkling bacon bits on the top or covering the ice cream with decadent chocolate shell, yuuum!
Beer Ice Cream Recipe and Instructions
8 oz of beer (helps if you pour it early and let it flatten)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
6 egg yolks
1 pint (16 oz) heavy whipping cream
Whisk together the yolks, salt, and sugar in a sauce pan or pot. Then mix in the whipping cream.
Slowly heat to 180°F, stirring often. This should take 10 minutes or so. You don’t want to go too high and scramble the eggs.
When the mixture hits 180°F, remove it from the heat and pour it through a fine mesh strainer into a medium-sized bowl.
Whisk in the beer.
Immediately put the medium bowl into an ice bath to cool it (this should feel familiar to homebrewers).
When the mixture hits 70°F, remove it from the ice bath. Put Saran wrap on top and put the bowl in the fridge to cool overnight.
When chilled, remove the bowl and pour the mixture into the spinning ice cream machine. The machine’s container should be completely frozen.
It will take 20-30 minutes to make the ice cream, during which time you can add any ingredients you want to it.
If you let it sit in the freezer for a while it will harden up.
Too much beer (alcohol) will prevent your ice cream from setting. The beer can have a very negative effect on the texture if you use too much, but once you find an appropriate amount, you usually don’t have to compensate for the addition in the recipe. If anything, the home chef can add a little extra sugar to the recipe to help it stay creamy.
Colorado craft brewery New Belgium created a beer inspired by the decadent flavors of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Then the Vermont ice cream makers turned that New Belgium Brewing beer into an ice cream.
Yes, you read that correctly. You can now buy Ben & Jerry’s ice cream beer. And you can buy Ben & Jerry’s beer ice cream.