Strawberry Ice Cream with Vodka Infused Berries is an alcohol fueled twist on a classic ice cream. The strawberries used were at peak ripeness enabling me to cut back on the sugar. Serve the ice cream with with a waffle cone or a bit of whipped cream and it might just mysteriously vanish before your eyes.
Strawberry Ice Cream with Vodka Infused Berries
Already half-way through summer? Poo!
The strawberries at the farmer’s market now are super ripe and very sweet! Have you picked any up for yourself?
After eating strawberries all weekend long, I eventually had a craving for something creamy.
Can you guess what idea popped into my head?
*Poof* strawberry ice cream!!!
Now listen here.
This is no ordinary strawberry ice cream.
Since the title probably gave it away…
You know what makes this so special.
Vodka Infused Berries
The vodka helps to keep the berries from becoming completely frozen.
Plus it makes the ice cream just a little boozy. Not overly so though.
So don’t try to set it on fire!
I suppose if you want it more boozy you could double the vodka.
Or just have a few shots and chase it with this bomb ice cream.
Totally up to you you party animal!
If you are a super taster, though, you might be able to taste the vodka in the berries as is.
It’s very subtle.
Following the recipe will result in a little over 3 pints of ice cream, that is creamy and not too rich.
A solid dessert to round out your 4th of July holiday party or meal!
Need an ice cream machine? Check out my review of the Breville Smart Scoop, which is one of my favorite kitchen appliances!
In case you’ve missed them, here are some of my other ice cream recipes!
Strawberry Ice Cream with Vodka Infused Berries
- Prep Time: 30 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 3 pints 1x
- Category: Dessert
- Cuisine: New American
- 3 cups fresh strawberries (hulled and mashed)
- Pinch salt
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1 1/3 cups heavy cream
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons vodka
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Combine the mashed strawberries, salt, and 1/4 cup sugar in a saucepan. Mix thoroughly and let sit for 30 minutes. Mix once or twice as it sits to ensure sugar is dissolved.
- Meanwhile, whisk egg yolks and 1/4 cup sugar in a medium bowl until combined and pale yellow.
- Heat the milk, cream, 1/4 cup sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until milk starts to steam ~170 degrees F if you have a thermometer
- After milk mixture has heated, gradually whisk into yolks until combined. Then add back milk mixture to the saucepan. Stirring frequently until temperature is back to 170 degrees. (Can also use the back of a wooden spoon trick.)
- Once custard is ready, strain into the bowl set in the ice-water bath and stir occasionally until cool.
- Taking the saucepan with the strawberries, heat on medium and cook for 2-3 minutes and then strain the juice out.
- Put the strained berries into a bowl and add the lemon juice and vodka. Allow to cool. Take the strawberry juice and allow to cool in another ice bath or in the refrigerator. Once cooled combine with custard and also add in vanilla.
- When custard has cooled enough, start the machine and churn according to manufacturer directions.
- As the mixture begins to firm up, add the strawberries last and allow to churn or mix in with a soft spatula and freeze to firm up.
Adjust sweetness to taste. If strawberries are very sweet you may be able to decrease the sugar.
Remember you can’t take out sugar, but you can always add more sugar after cooking the custard while it’s still hot if needed!
23 thoughts on “Strawberry Ice Cream with Vodka Infused Berries”
Sounds like a great recipe for icecream. I love icecream, will try to make it someday^^
yes it is, thanks for the note!! 🙂
Well dang! You had me at ice cream, and strawberries, and vodka! Anyone who adds a little booze to their desserts are my kindred spirits! This recipe sounds and looks amazing! Wonderful job 🙂
thank you Christina!! hope you get a chance to try it 🙂
Pat, you’ve outdone yourself. I had the strangest thing happen today. I pulled an old jacket out of my closet and in the pocket was a small bottle of vodka. I haven’t worn that jacket for years so I think I confiscated it from one of my kids during their teenage years and stuck it in my pocket, lol! And forgot about it….so now I see this ice-cream. Is it fate? You tell me…but I’m pulling out my ice-cream maker…
it’s a sign! hope the ice cream turned out well 😀
Haven’t made it yet, but will!! 🙂
A very good idea…:)
I love ice cream recipes that do not call for an ice cream machine. The strawberry flavour is one of my favourite, would definitely love a few of these.
thanks for the note Daniela!
This sounds so delicious Pat! I’m definitely making this at some point 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Rose! Lmk how it goes!!????
No problem! and I will do 🙂
I’m not a Vodka lover but would consider this with white Rum 😉
thank you! i sometimes put a splash or two of rum in my vanilla ice cream 🙂
Sounds delicious! My mother used to make her own ice cream from scratch and I wish I could remember how she made it as it was wonderful.
I love this idea, you can never go wrong with vodka in anything imho! Looks absolutely gorgeous too. Thanks for sharing, Pat! 🙂
thanks Nicole! 🙂
Nice BLOG <3 <3 <3
Sounds like a divine recipe. Boozy strawberries and creamy ice Cream. Yum!
thank you! 🙂
Strawberry Icecream and Vodka!?!?!?! I am so in.
Haha hope you can get a buzz going from it!!