The last time I posted homemade ice cream photos on Instagram, my dear high school friend Boulevardier (she’s a Louisville gal, through and through!) wrote “@abourbongal – I’m challenging you to create a mint julep ice cream!”
Done and done, girlfriend! Here’s this week’s H.O.A.G.Y (Help Out A Gal/Guy, Yeah?).
This is another ice cream recipe I developed using the Ben & Jerry’s home ice cream prep method. It is SO refreshing and light. Well, the flavors are light anyway. There are about a million yummy fat grams in it. And the bourbon, and sugar. And the chocolate… Mmmmm
Mint Chocolate Julep Ice Cream
2 large very fresh eggs
¾ cup sugar
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup heavy cream
1 ½ tsp. peppermint extract
2 Tbs. bourbon
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (or yummy with small chunks or shaved dark chocolate)
Mint sprigs for garnish
Whisk the eggs in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy (about 2 minutes); whisk in the sugar a little at a time and continue blending until completely combined (about 1 minute more). With the mixer on low speed, pour in the cream and half-and-half, increase speed to medium and pour in the peppermint extract and bourbon; whisk for another minute.
Transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze following the manufacturer’s instructions.
After the ice cream stiffens (about 2 minutes before it is done), add the chocolate, then continue freezing until the ice cream is ready.
Garnish each serving with a little sprig of mint.