Kitchen Diaries: Guinness Ice Cream Float With Whiskey Caramel

March 18, 2014

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Hope you all had a nice St. Patrick’s Day (and aren’t dealing with hangovers)! In honor of this country’s favorite drinking holiday and per the boo-ski’s request, I decided to try Cupcake Rehab‘s recipe for Guinness Ice Cream Floats with Whiskey Caramel. I’m not the hugest fan of Guinness, but the ice cream definitely softens the punch and the whiskey caramel is so good I found myself eating it alone, by the spoonful. Here’s what I did to make it.

Ingredients:
Vanilla ice cream
Guinness Irish stout
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
1 1/4 cups whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
3 tablespoons Irish whiskey or bourbon

I started by making the whiskey caramel first. In one quart saucepan, heat 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar (I used about a third a cup of granulated sugar and the rest brown sugar because I ran out) and the water over medium-high heat until bubbles form and mixture is simmering. Occasionally lift the saucepan from the heat and gently swirl mixture (DO NOT STIR) while sugar is heating. In about 10 minutes, sugar will start to caramelize. Simmer until mixture is a rich, dark amber color. Reduce heat to low. Stir in whipping cream with whisk until mixture is blended and smooth. Remove saucepan from heat; pour sauce into heatproof jar or bowl. Stir in vanilla and tablespoons whiskey (I used my tried and true: Jameson). Refrigerate until serving time (the sauce will thicken as it cools).

Then I placed two scoops of vanilla ice cream into a glass, then poured a bit of Guinness and topped it with two more scoops of ice cream. My last step was to drizzle on the whiskey caramel.

Lessons learned: As you can see, the whiskey caramel was a wee bit runny. Next time I’ll make sure I have plenty of granulated sugar on hand and maybe throw the jar of whiskey caramel into the freezer to make it thicken faster.

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