An easy no-churn recipe for homemade Whisky Ice Cream, using the honey Scottish Whisky liqueur, Drambuie. Goes well with apple, raspberry, orange or chocolate desserts. If you can't find this liqueur, then use a good quality bourbon liqueur or Southern Comfort.
Is there a Whisky Liqueur?
Indeed there is. It took a couple of French-Scottish dinner guests for me to open a bottle of this Scottish Whisky liqueur - before they came! I wasn't hitting the bottle, just testing the flavours for this ice cream. As Drambuie 40% liqueur is made with Scottish Whisky, I was fascinated to test the flavours of the other ingredients: honey, herbs and spices. If you can't find Drambuie, I recommend the nearest to this is a bourbon liqueur or Southern Comfort, as it includes spices. If you find more good alternative Whisky Liqueurs like this, please let me know in the comments below.
Immediately it called out for a dessert with it - so with an Old Alliance dinner theme with a Scottish-French menu, I found the perfect Drambuie ice cream recipe by Christopher Trotter in Scottish Cookery.What's more, there's no need for an ice cream maker.
Does Whisky Ice Cream have Alcohol?
This recipe is strictly for adults, as this homemade whisky ice cream certainly does contain alcohol (43%)! As I looked at the ingredients of the original recipe, 3 tablespoons of this nectar seemed too small a quantity for me. However, after I first tested the gorgeous creamy custardy mix before freezing, there was no need for more. Believe me, after tasting the ice cream, every one of us at the table confirmed that this was the equivalent of a wee tipple in a glass. Just adding one extra tablespoon was one too much!
So, even if I've very slightly adapted the recipe to reduce the sugar (since the liqueur is already very sweet), I recommend that 3 tablespoons is enough to appreciate the flavours.
Can I make Whisky Ice Cream with Other Liqueurs?
Drambuie has a distinct heather honey and whisky flavour to it. However, this ice cream can be made using other liqueurs to create other flavours.Use Grand Marnier with its wonderful hints of orange - it would make a fabulous addition to French crêpes for entertaining, a variation on Crêpe Suzette. Alternatively, replace with Calvados for that touch of apple, perfect with all kinds of apple desserts, such as a Quick French Apple Tart. For more ideas, see the market page on apples.
What Can I serve with it?
Drambuie Whisky Liqueur Ice Cream is a delicious accompaniment to warm fruity puddings or chocolate desserts. Here are some ideas to serve with it: Classic French Tarte Tatin - the caramelised apples with this are just heaven;Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Cookies - these are sablé style and would make a great combination;Orange Caramel Cake with Chestnut;Chocolate and Ginger Fondant Cake;Chocolate Lava Cakes (moelleux au chocolat)
Drambuie Ice Cream (No Churn)
- 100 g (3.5oz/ ½ cup) sugar
- 6 tablespoon water
- 6 organic egg yolks
- 200 g (7oz/ ¾ cup) Whipping cream (30% fat)
- 3 tablespoon Drambuie or other liqueur such as Grand Marnier
- In a small saucepan add 6 tablespoons of water to the sugar and bring to the boil for a few seconds, then set aside.
- Whisk the egg yolks in a large heat-proof bowl over a pan of simmering water (bain-marie). When they’re light in colour add the hot sugar and keep whisking until thickens and forms a ribbon on the balloon whisk. Remove from the heat and continue to whisk until it’s cool.
- Add the liqueur (stick to the 3 tablespoon – believe me, it’s enough!) and using a good flexible spatula, fold in the lightly whipped cream.
- Freeze for 6 hours, or overnight.