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Ice cream sodas w/ jalapeño simple syrup September 8, 2007

Filed under: drinks,dutch chocolate,floats,food,honey,ice cream,lavender,ricotta — insomnisnack @ 10:15 pm

I made an amalgam ice cream today. It was a simple ricotta cheese ice cream recipe (no rum), and I added Lavender, lemon zest, and honey (RLLH). Very tasty – rich in texture, but light at the same time, if you can imagine. This was the guest star for drink #1: Puree jalapeño in a simple syrup. Add 1 oz of mixture to glass, and a small scoop of RLLH ice cream. Fill remaining with seltzer. Drink #2: Add 1 oz of jalapeño simple syrup mixture to glass, add a small scoop of chocolate (Straus Dutch Chocolate) ice cream, and fill remaining with seltzer. These were both really good! I think all tasters were in agreement that it could be spicier – my thumb-sized jalapeño selection was surprisingly mild. I even blended in the membrane and seeds! Next time I’ll blend the pepper in a bit of water, instead of simple syrup, and add that mixture to the drink. I’m sure it’s plenty sweet without the extra sugar. Other than that, the RLLH + jalapeño soda was the winner! Who knew?

ice cream

Slightly ominous green liquid in an old honey jar…

jalapeño puree

Finished product!

ice cream soda!

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Egg creams and Summer Refreshers September 2, 2007

Filed under: dessert,drinks,egg cream,floats,food,ice cream,Limonata,sorbet — insomnisnack @ 10:39 pm

I had the most wonderful evening, and am experiencing a flood of emotions right now. But since this blog is about food, I will express myself through libations. Our recent weather has been pretty hot, with clear skies and the occasional breeze. Perfect for egg creams or Summer Refreshers! I eyeballed the egg cream recipe, using seltzer, milk (I forgot that I’d taken my soy milk to work for cereal consumption, so I actually used cow’s milk and it was pretty good), and a stream of chocolate syrup. MMMM-delish!

egg cream

For the Summer Refresher, I used a memory of this drink Haagen Dazs used to carry years ago. It was a sparkly, citrus-y, sorbet-ey, and creamy float. All that and it came with a long handled spoon! Enjoy –

summer refresher