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Summer Seduction: Peppermint Schnapps Ice Cream

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With the hot days of summer in full Hell-like mode, many people are getting out their barbecues and grills.The thoughts of steaks sizzling on the grill are making many salivate. The aroma of BBQ chicken will soon be enveloping the air from San Francisco to New York City. Coolers will be full of iced beverages. Beaches will be overloaded with streaks of sunscreen. Cars will be speeding down the interstates with drivers on cell phones, and kids screaming "I have to pee" will be the norm.

This summer while you're enjoying the season, try something different. Try something creamy, rich and refreshing. This year my restaurants are presenting a brand new ice cream (we come up with a brand new ice cream for every season). It is a silky smooth adult version of mint ice cream made with peppermint schnapps and finely minced fresh mint. It is the perfect ending to any barbecue and a great way to beat the summer heat. As opposed to the mint ice creams you might be used to, this is totally natural (we never use food coloring) and is not a vanilla ice cream with fake peppermint flavoring. As a matter of fact, this ice cream contains no vanilla!

So, enjoy the upcoming summer by being refreshed with the smoothness of Peppermint Schnapps Ice Cream!

Ingredients needed to make Peppermint Schnapps Ice Cream (makes about 4 cups):

  • 2 cups heavy cream, very cold
  • 1 cup milk, very cold
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup peppermint schnapps
  • 2 Tbs. finely minced mint

Steps:

  1. Combine all the ingredients into a medium bowl and whisk until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Pour the mixture into an ice cream machine and churn 20 minutes.
  3. Spoon into serving bowls and top with a sprig or two of fresh mint (if you like your ice cream harder, freeze until ready to serve).

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