Best Alcoholic Ice Creams to Make or Buy

Food & Wine: Guinness Ice Cream
Guinness Ice Cream © Maura McEvoy
By Justine Sterling Posted November 08, 2013

You could drink a cocktail with pie—an old-fashioned with a slice of pumpkin pie is delightful—but the best pairing for pie will always be ice cream. Since the best pairing for Thanksgiving is intoxication, here are some ice creams that satisfy both needs.

DIY Boozy Ice Cream

Late-Harvest Riesling: This incredibly rich, apricot-scented ice cream is made with late harvest Riesling, a sweet wine with deliciously fruity notes and balanced, crisp acidity.
Pair with: Simple, fall-spiced apple pie or pear pie.

Guinness Ice Cream: Pastry chef Cory Barrett created this malty ice cream as an homage to chef Michael Symon’s father, a beer lover.
Pair with: Chocolate pie, preferably one with a touch of salt in it like this milk-chocolate tart with pretzel crust.

Bourbon Pecan Ice Cream: Lightly salted pecans give this ice cream awesome crunch. The bourbon gives it a fantastic nuttiness.
Pair with: Pumpkin pie.

Boozy Ice Cream to Buy

Salt & Straw Coffee & Bourbon: The Portland, OR-based ice cream artisans combine three beloved vices in one incredible flavor: Stumptown's single-origin Sumatra coffee, Burnside Bourbon and a touch of HolyKakow Chocolate.
Pair with: Thick and gooey salted caramel pie.

Frozen Pints Pumpkin Ale: Frozen Pints, an ice cream company specializing in beer-based ice creams, makes its fall flavor with real pumpkin ale for a complex, spicy taste.
Pair with: Maple shoofly pie.

Jeni’s Splendid Middle West Whiskey Eggnog: Ice cream maven Jeni Britton Bauer creates some of the best, most creative ice creams in America including her seasonal, nutmeg-flecked, eggnog ice cream made with Middle West Spirits’ OYO Bourbon Whiskey, Michelone Reserve. Pair with: Dutch apple pie or pecan pie with candied ginger and rum.

Related: Thanksgiving Pies and Tarts
Baking with Spirits
Ice Cream Recipes

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