Friday, May 25

Infused: Book Review: Ice Cream Happy Hour 50 Boozy Desserts

Having reviewed books for quite awhile now, I have been privileged to read some rather great ones. Every  once in awhile, however, one crosses my desk that makes me think: “Man, I wish I had written that one.” Valerie Lum and Jenise Addison’s Ice Cream Happy Hour is one of those books.
Bearing the subtitle “50 Boozy Treats You Spike, Freeze and Serve,” no cocktail napkin is left unturned: the Chocolate Martini, Pina Colada and even Sangria receive the frozen treatment. Butter Pecan with Brandy brings an American favorite to the adult beverage level, while Jasmine Tea with Sake prepares the palate for an Asian delight. Wine, beer and spirits all are invited to the kitchen to meet up with traditional ice cream, sherbet and sorbet dishes.
Recipes from beginner to advance with step by step instructions give everyone the Dutch courage to test the over-21 concoctions in their very own kitchen. Irish Coffee, Whiskey Sour and Mojito are covered, as are Cape Cod, Mimosa and Cosmopolitan. The list is impressive and thorough. After reading this 80-proof recipe book, I may never look at a banana split or turtle sundae the same way again.

Instructions and conversions are provided, along with fabulous images. My suggestion is to purchase two, one for yourself and one to replace it when your guests steal your original copy.

The book is outright simplistic brilliance. So obvious is the combination of ice cream and liquor, so beautiful the resulting colors, and such honeymoon-bliss the flavors – I kick myself for not thinking of it before these two culinary artists who met while working at Bierkraft in Brooklyn.
Bottom Line: A word of warning to ice cream freezer retailers: Prepare for inventory issues. Ice Cream Happy Hour tweaks frozen comfort food and creates original combinations for a grown up ice cream parlor delight giving adults a whole new reason to purchase the long forgotten ice cream freezer.

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Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her new column, Infused, at and, as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC. Follow her on Twitter @GottaGo, LinkedIn and Facebook. Gotta Go is published on, in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.


Anonymous said...

I need this book STAT....Looks amazing and i make homemade icecream once or twice a month...did you get it online?

Elizabeth J. Musgrave said...

I know, there are sooo many tempting treats in this book. I really enjoyed reviewing it.
You can just click the link above at the bottom of the article and it will take you right to the ordering site. It is offered at Ulysses Press.