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12 Best Alcohol Ice Cream Drinks You Should Try (2024)

Alcohol Ice Cream Drinks

At one point, we thought of combining the pleasures of dessert and alcohol just for fun. So, I tried and experimented with some of the best alcohol-infused ice cream cocktails that really captivate our taste buds.

Of course, we want you to experience the same creamy treat, so we made a list of our favorite alcoholic ice cream drinks that’ll surely provide a unique twist on traditional beverages.

For an adult version of your favorite ice cream cocktails, keep reading!

Top 12 Best Alcohol Ice Cream Drinks 

1. White Russian Float

White Russian Float Garnished with Slice of Strawberry

White Russin Float is one of the decadent ice cream cocktails featuring vodka and coffee liqueur topped with ice cream.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3oz whipped cream vodka
  • 2oz coffee liqueur
  • 3oz half-and-half
  • 1-scoop coffee ice cream

Instructions: Pour half-and-half and vodka into a shaker and shake well. In your cocktail glass, using an ice cream scooper, add the scoop of ice cream and pour the cocktail over. Top it with coffee liqueur and serve.

Serving: 2

Drinkability Score: 10/10

Read: White Russian vs Black Russian

2. Old Fashioned Cocktail Ice Cream Float

Old Fashioned Ice Cream Cocktail Float is one of the tastiest ice cream cocktails with a delightful blend of bourbon and ice cream flavors.

Prep Time: 5 mins.

Total Time: 5 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 2oz bourbon
  • 1-sugar cube
  • 2-dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1-scoop pumpkin ice cream/vanilla ice cream
  • heavy cream
  • Orange twist

Instructions: Muddle sugar and bitters in a glass, then whisk bourbon and heavy cream. To serve, top the drink with ice cream and garnish it with an orange twist.

Serving: 1

Drinkability Score: 9/10

3. Frozen Mudslide

Man Holding Glass of Frozen Mudslide

Frozen Mudslide is a tasty cocktail with a rich and creamy blend of coffee liqueur, vodka [1], and Irish cream.

You can also check out these cold brew alcoholic drinks here.

Prep Time: 5 mins.

Total Time: 5 mins.

Ingredients: 

  • 1oz coffee liqueur
  • 1oz vodka
  • 1oz Irish cream liqueur
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Chocolate syrup (optional)

Instructions: In a blender, combine coffee liqueur, vodka, and Irish cream over ice. Add vanilla ice cream, blend until smooth, and drizzle chocolate syrup inside a tall glass. Pour the creamy cocktail and serve.

Serving: 1

Drinkability Score: 9/10

4. Brandy Alexander Milkshake

This Frozen Brandy Alexander Milkshake is a sweet and creamy drink with brandy [2], creme de cacao, and cream.

Prep Time: 5 mins.

Total Time: 5 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1oz brandy (Alternative: coconut rum)
  • 1oz white crème de cacao
  • 2-cups vanilla or chocolate ice cream
  • Nutmeg

Instructions: Blend ingredients until smooth. Pour into glasses, sprinkle nutmeg, and serve.

Serving: 2

Drinkability Score: 9/10

Read: Frozen Banana Daiquiri Recipe

5. Ice Cream Martini

Bartender Making Ice Cream Martini

The refreshing taste of this ice cream cocktail makes it one of the best ice cream cocktails, with lots of creaminess.

“One Martini is alright, two is too many, three is not enough.” – James Thurber, American Writer

Prep Time: 5 mins.

Total Time: 5 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 2-scoops strawberry ice cream
  • 1oz strawberry vodka
  • 1oz white chocolate liqueur
  • 1oz strawberry liqueur

Instructions: Combine vodka and liqueurs in a shaker. Shake well and pour into your martini glass. Top it with strawberry ice cream and serve.

Serving: 2

Drinkability Score: 9/10

6. Champagne and Raspberry Ice Cream Floats

Champagne and Raspberry Ice Cream Floats

If an Adult Root Beer Float is a little complex for you, why not try effervescent champagne [3] mixed with fruity raspberry ice cream? This delightful float exudes perfectly balanced flavors.

Prep Time: 5 mins.

Total Time: 5 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 1-bottle Champagne
  • 1-pint raspberry ice cream

Instructions: Scoop ice cream into glasses, pour champagne, and stir gently.

Serving: 2

Drinkability Score: 9/10

7. Orange Creamsicle

Two Glasses of Orange Creamsicle

Orange Creamsicle is one of the ice cream cocktails with a nostalgic blend of citrus and creamy vanilla flavors. You may also want to check out our favorite coconut creams for cocktails here.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1oz orange vodka
  • 1oz vanilla liqueur (or Amaretto liqueur or butterscotch schnapps)
  • 1.5oz orange juice
  • 2-1/2tbsp vanilla ice cream

Instructions: Combine vodka, vanilla liqueur, and orange juice in a shaker. Add ice, shake thoroughly, and strain into your glass.

Serving: 1

Drinkability Score: 8/10

Read: Scooby Snack Shot Recipe

8. Pink Squirrel with Ice Cream

Glass of Pink Squirrel with Ice Cream

This luscious dessert ice cream cocktail features creamy pink hues – a perfect drink for every sweet tooth.

Prep Time: 7 mins.

Total Time: 7 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1oz Creme de Noyaux liqueur
  • 1oz White crème de cacao liqueur
  • Whipped cream
  • 1/2-cup vanilla ice cream (Alternative: Strawberry ice cream)

Instructions: Combine Creme de Noyaux, crème de cacao, whipped cream, and vanilla ice cream in a blender. Blend until creamy and pour into a chilled glass.

Serving: 1

Drinkability Score: 8/10

9. Mojito Float

Glass of Mojito Float

This is a refreshing cocktail with creamy ice cream and a boozy twist.

Prep Time: 3 mins.

Total Time: 3 mins.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh mint leaves
  • 1-lime wedge
  • 2oz White rum (or light rum)
  • 2oz Club soda
  • Vanilla ice cream

Instructions: Muddle mint and lime; then add rum, syrup, and club soda. Top with vanilla ice cream and serve.

Serving: 1

Drinkability Score: 8/10

10. Spiked Lime Cream Soda

If you’re not a sweet tooth to enjoy a Spiked Mexican Chocolate Milkshake, try this Spike Lime Cream Soda – an ice cream cocktail boasting a creamy delight with a zesty lime twist.

Prep Time: 10 mins.

Total Time: 10 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 3-lime wheels
  • 4oz lime juice
  • 2oz citrus vodka
  • 2oz lemon-lime soda
  • Vanilla ice cream

Instructions: Mix lime juice, soda, and vodka in a glass. Squeeze two lime wheels and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Stir gently.

Serving: 1

Drinkability Score: 8/10

11. Salted Caramel Ice Cream Shooters

Two Glasses of Salted Caramel Ice Cream Shooters

This creamy cocktail is an indulgent dessert with creamy vanilla ice cream – perfect for a hot day.

Prep Time: 5 mins.

Total Time: 5 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1oz salted caramel ice cream
  • 1oz vanilla vodka
  • .05oz caramel syrup
  • Coarse salt
  • whipped cream

Instructions: Blend ice cream, vodka, and syrup. Pour into shot glasses, top with whipped cream [4], and sprinkle with salt.

Serving: 4

Drinkability Score: 7/10

12. Frozen Grasshopper

Glass of Frozen Grasshopper

This is a minty, frozen version of the classic cocktail with chocolate notes and a refreshing chill – a good drink for a hot summer day!

“Chill your spirits with the euphoria of alcohol-infused ice cream.” – Liquor Laboratory

Prep Time: 5 mins.

Total Time: 5 mins.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3-cup green creme de menthe (or any mint liqueur)
  • 1/3-cup white creme de cacao
  • 4-cups chocolate ice cream

Instructions: Blend all the ingredients with ice until smooth. Pour into glasses.

Serving: 4

Drinkability Score: 6/10

Bartender Tip: Other delicious drinks to try: Adult Root Beer Float, Boozy Shamrock Shake, and Pumpkin Float. 

Note: Based on a blind taste test, the Drinkability Score measures how easy it is to drink multiple servings of the cocktail in one sitting, again on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 indicates “difficult to drink more than one” and 10 indicates “easy to drink several.”

FAQs

What is boozy ice cream?

Boozy ice creams merge the pleasures of alcohol and frozen treats, creating unique cocktails in dessert form.

What is good alcohol to mix with ice cream?

Good alcohol types to mix with ice cream include spirits like vodka, spiced rum, and liqueurs, complementing ice cream notes excellently.

Can you drink alcohol with ice cream?

Yes, you can drink alcohol with ice cream, resulting in a delightful blend of flavors and textures.

How do you combine alcohol and ice cream?

You can combine alcohol and ice cream by pouring the cream over the alcohol or vice versa. You can also top it with chocolate shavings, toasted marshmallows, maraschino cherry, orange soda, etc.

What liquor is good on vanilla ice cream?

Liquor like bourbon, Kahlúa, sweet vermouth, or amaretto is a good accompaniment to vanilla ice cream, adding a delightful kick.

What are some popular Alcohol Ice Cream Drink recipes?

Popular alcohol ice cream drink recipes include the Mudslide, White Russian Milkshake, Boozy Affogato, and Spiked Milkshake, among others.

How do you make a Mudslide?

A Mudslide typically consists of vodka, coffee liqueur, Irish cream liqueur, and vanilla ice cream blended together until smooth. It’s often garnished with whipped cream and chocolate syrup.

Can you make Alcohol Ice Cream Drinks without alcohol?

Yes, you can create non-alcoholic versions of ice cream drinks by omitting the alcohol and adjusting the recipe with flavored syrups, extracts, or non-alcoholic alternatives.

Are there any health considerations with Alcohol Ice Cream Drinks?

Alcohol ice cream drinks should be consumed in moderation, as they often contain significant amounts of sugar, calories, and alcohol. Enjoy them responsibly and be mindful of your intake.

Bottom Line

With all the alcohol and ice cream mixtures we’ve tried, these 12 cocktail drinks are crowd-pleasers. But among the best-tasting treats, nothing beats the creaminess of a White Russian Float – our favorite recipe!

The mixture of vodka, ice cream, and coffee liqueur melts in the mouth, giving a boozy yet creamy drink. But the best choice all lies on your taste preference. Don’t hesitate to create your own boozy frozen masterpiece. Cheers!

References:

  1. https://www.britannica.com/topic/vodka
  2. https://www.britannica.com/topic/brandy
  3. https://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-fun-facts-about-champagne-and-what-makes-this-bubbly-booze-so-special
  4. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/food-science/whipped-cream
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