Keep Your Cool with Easy Cocktail-Inspired Bourbon Ice Cream

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Recipe by Alan Cornett of the Eat Kentucky Podcast

Craving an old fashioned or a mint julep on a hot summer day? Turn your drink into dessert with these easy homemade bourbon ice cream recipes!

These recipes are based on vintage French-style ice creams but don’t require churning or any fancy kitchen gear. As long as you have a hand mixer (and a bottle of bourbon), you’re all set. Bon Appetit! 


☐ 1 cup heavy cream
☐ 1/2 cup + 2 tbs cane sugar
☐ 2 oz bourbon (adjust to taste) 
☐ 2 eggs
☐ pinch of salt
☐ 1/4 cup mint leaves or orange peel of one orange (outer peel only, no white pith)

Combine one cup of heavy cream, 1/2 cup of sugar, and a pinch of salt in a saucepan over low heat. Stir to combine. Add 4 tbs bourbon. Stir. Add bruised mint leaves (for Mint Julep ice cream) or orange peel (for Old Fashioned ice cream). Allow mixture to warm while stirring slowly, but do not bring to a boil. When the sugar has fully dissolved, remove from heat to cool, then chill the mixture (refrigerate or use an ice bath to chill after the pan has cooled).

Strain chilled cream mixture into a cold bowl and beat with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form.

Separate two eggs. Beat egg whites until foamy. Add 2 tbs sugar. Beat until stiff peaks form.

Whisk egg yolks. Gently fold whisked egg yolks into the whipped cream until streaks are gone. Begin to add meringue (your whipped egg whites) to whipped cream, a small amount at a time, folding in gently. Continue to fold in meringue until fully combined.

Pour into a loaf pan or other freezer-safe container. Freeze until firm (overnight).

Serve in your favorite julep cup or Old Fashioned glass, garnish (maraschino cherries for Old Fashioned, and fresh mint for the Julep), and enjoy!

Alan Cornett hosts the Eat Kentucky podcast. Follow Eat Kentucky on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.