This time of year is total bliss for us over here at FrozBroz central headquarters. There are so many fruits and vegetables in season and so many on the horizon that flavor choices come easy. Last week we railed out our Cherry Pit Creme Fraiche with Rainier Cherry and Lemon Thyme, featuring Rainier cherries. It was such a success that it kept me thinking about cherries, which brought to mind one of my favorite supper club cocktails, the Manhattan. I mean, a Manhattan cocktail would be delicious in ice cream, right? And so it became my mission to create the FrozBroz Manhattan Cocktail ice cream. Let us begin!
Sweet cherries! To me, this is where it all begins. I love a classic Manhattan and even an Old Fashion, and a great maraschino cherry can make it all the better. So first things first; have to make a killer cocktail maraschino cherry with these gorgeous Bing cherries.
Cherries get pitted, and tossed in a sauce pan to simmer with sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon stick and almond extract. After a simmer down they come off the heat and we add…
Luxardo maraschino cherry liqueur. Made in Italy, this sauce is made with a distillation process using sour cherries. It packs a ton of flavor, and of course, alcohol, which helps displace the water content in our cherries. This will keep our maraschinos from turning icy in the cream.
The result are these beautiful maraschino cherries that are going to play an integral part to the backbone of our Manhattan. They get chopped up and added into our ice cream base.
And since were talkin backbones, lets not forget about the other crucial ingredients; Angostura bitters, sweet vermouth and orange zest.
Along with our maraschinos, they’re tossed in and working together to make this killer Manhattan ice cream base scream for whiskey.
Canadian whiskey that is. And why not make it a whiskey caramel? Ok, sure, yeah, we will! We simmer out a caramel with sugar, add cream, and lastly our Crown whiskey. The alcohol content in the herskey will lower the freezing temperature of the caramel, allowing it to remain soft in the ice cream. We layer the whiskey caramel into our pints during packaging.
There you have it…FrozBroz Manhattan Cocktail ice cream!
It can be yours.. As we do every week, we’ll be giving away two pints of this flavor. Just leave a comment on our facebook page to be entered into the drawing. If you don’t have a facebook account, leave a comment right here on the blog. We’ll draw two winners on Friday afternoon (8/3/2012) at 4pm and will announce them on our facebook page (or email you if you’re comment resides here). Our only conditions are you must be able to pick it up here in Minneapolis, and agree to give us a little feedback that can be shared with everyone else. Good luck!