Boozy Ice Cream {Recipe & Giveaway}

**** Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed.***  Our lucky winner is… Laurie Underwood who said “Ice Cream and alcohol – two of my favorite things!  What a wonderful combination!” on October 10th, 2011 at 9:50 pm.  Congratulations Laurie!  We hope you enjoy your Ice Cream Happy Hour book!  Cheers! ****

Okay, okay….  I know it’s not cake.  But if there is anything that naturally goes with cake, it’s ice cream.  And if there’s anything I love as much as cake, it’s ice cream.  Not to mention ice cream with a kick!  So today’s featured recipe {and giveaway!} is right up my alley.

Ice Cream Happy Hour” is a clever new book with ice cream recipes based on classic cocktails… Coffee with Kahlúa, Chocolate Martini, and Strawberry Daiquiri.  These homemade frozen delights not only taste amazing, they also serve up a surprising kick – there’s a shot of alcohol in each cup!  Today we’re sharing the recipe for the Chocolate Martini Ice Cream AND one lucky Half Baked reader will win a copy of Ice Cream Happy Hour! Someone has bowls of intoxicatingly tasty ice cream in their future!
Boozy Ice Cream Giveaway & Recipe

Chocolate Martini Ice Cream Recipe
Chocolate Martini Ice Cream
Makes about 1 quart

1 ½ cups milk
1 ½ cups heavy cream
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 egg yolks
6 ounces dark chocolate, chopped, or dark chocolate chips
½ packet (½ tablespoon) gelatin
1/3 cup cold water
1/4 cup cold (refrigerated) chocolate liqueur
1/4 cup cold (refrigerated) vodka or vanilla vodka

  1. Mix the milk, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Continue heating until the mixture is steamy and makes a slight sizzling noise when you move the pan. This is called scalding.
  2. While the milk mixture heats to scalding, whisk together the egg yolks
    in a medium bowl until they’re light in color and slightly fluffy. Whisk the egg yolks and temper
  3. Gently stream about one-third of the hot milk mixture into the eggs while whisking continuously. This is called tempering. It’s important to whisk while streaming the hot milk. If you just pour in the hot milk and then whisk, you may get scrambled eggs.
  4. Pour the egg and milk mixture into the rest of the milk mixture in the
    saucepan and stir continuously on low heat with a heatproof spatula or flat ended wooden spoon. Make sure you scrape the bottom evenly while you continuously stir.
    The custard is thick enough when you can draw a line on the back of the spoon with your finger and the line retains its shape. Note: If you have health concerns regarding eggs, you can check the temperature using an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of the custard.
  5. Melt the chocolate. Place the chocolate in a large heatproof bowl with a fine-mesh strainer on top. Pour the hot custard through the strainer into the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is completely melted.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap so that it’s directly touching the entire surface of the custard and none of it is exposed to air. This prevents a skin from developing. Transfer the container to an ice bath and let it cool for about 30 minutes to stop the cooking process. Transfer the container to the refrigerator. Chill until the custard is completely cold, at least 8 hours.
  7. Dissolve the gelatin in the cold water. Pour the water into a small saucepan or microwave-safe container and evenly sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow to sit until the gelatin appears to have absorbed as much water as it can, about 2 minutes. This is called blooming. Gently warm over low heat and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved into the liquid, about 3 minutes.
  8. Spike the custard with the cold chocolate liqueur, vodka, and gelatin mixture. Refrigerate the alcohol until completely cold. Do not speed up the process by putting it in the freezer, which may make the gelatin set up too much before it is added to the custard. Pour the gelatin into a medium bowl and whisk in the cold alcohol until combined. Do not attempt to skip this step by pouring the alcohol directly into the sauce pan or microwave-safe container with the gelatin. There might be enough residual heat to heat up the custard and prevent it from thickening in the ice cream maker. Pour the cold custard into a large bowl. Stream the alcohol and gelatin mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into the custard and whisk until thoroughly blended.
  9. Churn the ice cream for at least 20 minutes. Pour the cold custard immediately into the ice cream maker and churn for at least 20 minutes, or as directed. Due to the alcohol content, you may wish to churn it longer to get the desired thickness. If you don’t want to serve the ice cream immediately, or you want a firmer texture, transfer it to a freezer proof container and freeze for several hours before serving.
Carrie Sellman , Founder & Editor

Carrie Sellman is the Founder & Editor of The Cake Blog. Her work has been published in BRIDES Magazine, Country Living Magazine and featured online at People, Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Redbook, Real Simple, TLC, The Cooking Channel and more.


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    These recipes would be fun no matter what the occasion. Ladies night, wedding reception, etc. Can’t wait to try them.

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    Lexy Lawrence says

    I’d love to win the book so I can enjoy all your creative ideas. I also need to win so I can gain a few needed extra pounds :-)

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    Theresa Sea says

    What a neat idea! I would love making some boozy ice cream for holidays or girls night!

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    Emily S. says

    This book is an amazing idea! Ice cream is delicious on its own, but with the addition of liquor it adds that something extra. I’d have to say these recipes would make the perfect treat for a birthday gift (imagine a container of Strawberry Daiquiri ice cream…hello yum!), a night in with the girls, or just that perfect way to cap off a long week by indulging in a creamy intoxicating sundae. You can’t go wrong with this!

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    Jeannie says

    I’m having a cookies & cocktails cookie exchange for Christmas…..I may have to add some ice-cream to the buffet menu!

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    Amber Gottselig says

    I am having a bunch of friends over Christmas Eve who are unable to go home for Christmas. These recipes would go over well to cheer them up and keep us busy making them together. It would also go well as a surprise for my 4 year anniversary.

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    Mailyn says

    This book would be great so that I could finally take my new ice cream machine out for a spin. :)

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    I would make something from this book for my Bunco group – we like to end the evening with a fun dessert, preferably a boozy one!

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    Maya J. says

    Great for a winter’s Ladies Night In, – with pampering and gossip. Nothing better than a frosty ‘cocktail’ to cool your lips after all the gossip and warm spirits to keep you warm you from the inside.

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    Robbie says

    I am a huge ice cream junkie, but I do not have this… I feel incomplete. This would be awesome!

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    Laurie Underwood says

    Ice Cream and alcohol – two of my favorite things! ;-)What a wonderful combination!

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    This book would be perfect for the annual Christmas Soirée I have at my house. Would definitely try the Strawberry Vodka.

    Now, if only Half-Baked would have a Kitchen Aid ice cream attachment giveaway.


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    Mary says

    I love a good martini and I love ice cream. Who would have thought of putting them together! Fabulous!!

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    Missy says

    I also follow you on FB (that’s how I knew about the contest) as missy_roth at email dot com

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    Martina Palatto says

    I would put this book to use when I host a monthly get together with my girlfriends! I would love to try out some of these recipes, and I think it would be a perfect addition to our dinner parties!