How to Make Wine Ice Cream at Home
While you can’t beat a simple glass of red, there’s something so divine about wine ice cream. It brings together the best of both worlds, letting you enjoy your favorite flavors in a single bite. Unsurprisingly, this trendy scrumptious concoction has been causing a serious buzz. And while companies and retailers have begun to produce their own versions of wine ice cream, it is also possible to make it right in your own home. Homemade versions are budget-friendly and extremely easy to customize. The best part is that you don’t need an ice cream maker or pricey ingredients. It all comes down to a specific technique and process.
Don’t let the idea of DIY wine ice cream intimidate you. This guide includes tips and tricks for successfully producing a luscious batch of this frozen treat. Once you master the recipe, consider adding it to future lineups of party desserts and potluck contributions. It’s also not a bad idea to keep a batch of wine ice cream in the freezer for last-minute visitors. Take things to the next level by using your homemade creation in ice cream sundaes and on top of pies. Are you drooling yet?
Wine Ice Cream Recipe
Homemade ice cream is surprisingly easy to make. You don’t need a fancy ice cream maker, extravagant supplies, or expensive ingredients. In fact, there’s a good chance that you already have all of the ingredients in your kitchen. It’s one of those recipes that will earn you major kitchen cred after just a few hours.
- 1 cup milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream (dairy or non-dairy)
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 6 large egg yolks
- ¾ cup – 1 cup sweet red or white wine
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Extra add-ins such as berries, chocolate, etc. (optional)
- Heat-proof bowl (2)
- Deep saucepan
- Deep baking dish or freezer-safe glass container
- Plastic wrap or wax paper
Lightly whisk the egg yolks in a bow; do not overbeat. Set aside the bowl. In the saucepan, combine the milk, cream, and sugar. Stir over medium heat until the sugar totally dissolves. Transfer the hot cream to bowl of egg yolks and mix well. Return this mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium heat to form a thick and creamy custard. This should take about 4-6 minutes. Pour this mixture into the second bowl and add the wine. Mix well. Cover the deep baking dish or freezer-safe glass container with a sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper. The container that you use should be durable and sturdy. Carefully pour the mixture into the container. At this point, you can bring in tasty extras such as dark chocolate chips, nuts, or berries. You can even add all three, if you’d like. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Finally, transfer the ice cream to the freezer and let sit for 3-4 hours.
Remember, you do not have to use dairy milk or cream. Soy, coconut, and cashew-based milks and creams are excellent options. However, keep in mind that using non-dairy milks may slightly alter the final flavor. Don’t be afraid to experiment.
Things to Keep In Mind:
Keep a close eye on the custard while it is on the stove; it is imperative that you do not let it boil. Otherwise, the cream will curdle and form unpleasant chunks, preventing the formation of a smooth consistency. It’s also important to use a separate second bowl to add the wine. Prior to this step, the egg yolks are cooked in the saucepan as the mixture forms a custard. If you return the mixture to the first bowl that held the egg yolks, you’ll present the risk of raw egg consumption. This is a vital safety step that should be closely followed. Finally, don’t bother using an expensive bottle of wine. In this type of recipe, the sweetness of the wine is more important than the price tag. Instead, save your cash and opt for an inexpensive choice. It will turn out delicious.
Wine Ice Cream Extras:
It goes without saying that wine ice cream is an amazing treat. However, you can take it up a notch and bring in tasty extras for even more flavor. This is handy for savoring specific elements and ingredients of the occasion. It also goes to show that wine ice cream can enjoyed all year round, regardless of the season.
Coconut Flakes: If you’re looking for light and sweet tropical touch, add coconut flakes. Emphasize the flavor by toasting the coconut flakes before adding.
Mango Chunks: Another add-in worthy of a tropical vacation.
Dark Chocolate: Use this add-in for a robust and rich flavor. Try dark chocolate morsels or break apart a bar into smaller pieces.
Nuts: Try almonds, pistachios, walnuts, peanuts, or cashews. You can even mix in your favorite granola. The possibilities are endless.
Berries: Bringing in this extra is perfect for amplifying the fruity notes of wine. Try blueberries, blackberries, or strawberries.
Peanut butter: Before chilling the ice cream, add spoonfuls directly to the container. Swirl around to marble and distribute the peanut butter. You can also use butter made from almonds or sunflower seeds.
Cherries: For another fruit that pairs well with wine, add a handful of chopped cherries.
Sprinkles: Turn wine ice cream into a vibrant birthday treat with colorful rainbow sprinkles.
If, like us, you believe wine and ice cream are two things life is not worth living without, you should seriously consider combining the two using these recipes and flavor combinations. You won’t be disappointed!