“I drink to your health when I’m with you,
I drink to your health when I’m alone,
I drink to your health so often,
I’m starting to worry about my own.” ~ Irish Toast
There’s no two ways about it. I. Love. Baileys Irish Cream. There, I said it. It’s rather embarrassing to admit, you see, because The Husband always tells me that I have the girliest taste in drinks. Um, I hate to point out the obvious here, but I’m a girl, so I like drinks that girls generally like. Is that weird? Am I supposed to be obsessed with Jagerbombs? No, I prefer an Irish car bomb thankyouverymuch.
Apparently I’m not alone in my love for Bailey’s because this month I’ve had many requests for a Bailey’s inspired flavor. In light of National Ice Cream Month I’m committed to presenting you with lots of fun and unique flavors. This one might actually be an all time personal favorite!
A note about making ice cream with alcohol: Alcohol prevents ice creams and sorbets from freezing too hard since it doesn’t freeze. This is both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because it gives the ice cream a better, usually smoother and creamier texture. A curse because after churning for 20-25 minutes in the ice cream maker it still looks unfinished. Don’t worry. It will still harden more in the freezer but it will melt a bit faster, and the scoops may not be as round and firm. What does this all mean? Just eat the ice cream faster so that it doesn’t melt. Caution: A brain freeze may ensue.
While enjoying your Bailey’s Irish ‘Screme, here’s some food for thought:
Did you know that each American consumes a yearly average of 23.2 quarts of ice cream, ice milk, sherbet, ices and other commercially produced frozen dairy products? While that may seem like a lot for many of you, rest assured I’ve eaten far more than that since starting 365scoops. Do the math. Actually, don’t. I’ve consumed a scary amount of ice cream lately, let’s not go there…
And one more…
Question: How many licks does it take to polish off an ice cream cone?
Well, I promise you that after trying this Bailey’s Irish ‘Screme you’ll want to double or triple your number of licks, it’s just that good!
Bailey’s Irish ‘Screme
Created by yours truly
1 cup whole milk
2 cups half-and-half
3/4 cup sugar
3 tbs good quality instant coffee
1/4 cup Bailey’s Irish Creme
1/3 cup Trader Joe’s espresso pillows (crunchy toffee espresso bits covered in dark chocolate)
Mix the milk, half-and-half, sugar, instant coffee and Bailey’s. Let cool in the refrigerator until the sugar and coffee are fully dissolved.
Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and begin churning. After approximately 20-25 minutes your ice cream will still be very creamy (because of the alcohol). Slowly add in the “espresso pillows” and allow to churn for another 2-3 minutes. Transfer the ice cream into a container and freeze for at least 2 hours.
The Verdict: One of my favorite flavors to date! The Husband loved it, despite making fun of me for loving Bailey’s. I highly recommend this one. The combination of coffee, chocolate and Bailey’s is truly sensational. Those Irish were really on to something here…