I scream, you scream we all scream for liqueur. (Not to be confused with liquor.) A liqueur is liquor with sugars and flavors added—so basically it’s liquor that’s been given a dessertastic upgrade. That said— liqueurs just so happen to make the perfect adult ice cream topping.
In honor of Vanilla Ice Cream Day, we bring you a selection of some of our favorite boozy ice cream additions. Try out any of these suggestions and you’ll instantly give your dessert game a delectable flavor boost.
1: Campari with Lemon Zest
Campari is not overly sweet, so if plain vanilla ice cream is a little to sugary for you then this bright red liqueur will temper the sweet flavor. The touch of lemon zest adds a little tanginess that brings it all together in perfect harmony.
Amaretto brings some nuttiness to the table without altering the smooth and creamy texture of vanilla ice cream. For some extra fruitiness, add a few slices of apricot to play off the amaretto notes.
3: Cinnamon Liqueur
This liqueur from Cold Hammer Stills makes a delightful addition to a bowl of Mexican vanilla ice cream. The end result is a flavor reminiscent of a churro stick.
Lemony and tart, this liqueur adds a hint of sourness. Use sparingly, as it packs a punch! But limoncello goes great with a sorbet or sherbet.
5: Coconut Liqueur
Coconut liqueur makes for a tasty tropical addition. Our personal favorite is to drizzle a little over chocolate ice cream, but it would work great on a scoop of vanilla or even banana flavored ice cream.
6: Coffee Liqueur
I probably don’t have to sell you on the taste of coffee. It’s pretty much a staple for most of our morning rituals. So why not for our desserts as well? Coffee liqueur makes for a very versatile ice cream topper. Try it with vanilla, almond, milk chocolate, butter pecan, peppermint or even green tea flavored ice cream.
7: Raspberry Liqueur
Raspberry is a fruit flavor that pairs exceedingly well with dark chocolate ice creams. It’s just as good with vanilla ice cream too and tastes like fresh berries with cream.
8: Grand Marnier
This French, orange liqueur turns an ordinary bowl of vanilla ice cream into an adult dreamsicle without being overly sweet. If you prefer a fruitier palate, then drizzle some on top of an orange sorbet. It also works great on chocolate.
9: Jack Daniels Honey Liqueur
This features an outstanding balance of sweetness and bourbon spice. This liqueur from Jack Daniel’s works well on a scoop of coffee flavored ice cream.
10: Mint Liqueur
Mint liqueur adds a dab of freshness to vanilla ice cream, but if you are going for contrast it also meshes well with the flavors of a rich scoop of chocolate ice cream.