The Little Epicurean

Oct 03 2014

Boozy Whiskey Ice Cream Float

Boozy Whiskey Ice Cream Float | the little epicurean

Boozy ice cream floats.  That’s what’s up this Halloween.  No trick-or-treating.  No costume party (because I’m too lazy to figure out what to wear).  And definitely no trips to Vegas.  This Halloween, you’re all invited to come over to my place.  We’ll have a happy hour/dessert night and watch all my favorite spooky movies: Hocus Pocus, Teen Witch, and Casper.  (Eeek, I hope my age isn’t showing.)

Okay, so they’re not the scariest movies, but they remain my favorites from childhood.  Go ahead, make fun of me.  I prefer my happy, feel good movies over any gory, blood-filled, scream-fest movies that are so popular during this time of the year.  And if you can’t stand my movie choices, don’t you worry.  I’ll keep you entertained with bottomless boozy whiskey and stout ice cream floats.  If that’s not enough, I’ll also have apple pie, baked pumpkin donuts (recipe coming soon!), and Alex will be making his famous chipotle braised pork tacos.

Boozy Whiskey Ice Cream Float | the little epicurean

Once upon a time in college, Guinness was my beer of choice.  I had taken a health class and one of the few things I remembered from that course was that dark beer is better for you than light beer.  It has something to do with natural antioxidants and flavonoids, similar to red wine.  Oh, and the fact that dark beer has fewer calories than light beer.  That’s plenty enough reason for an undergrad.  Good thing for me, I actually preferred the taste of dark beers.  My roommates and I would concoct all sorts of mixtures using dark beer.  For a while, I loved stout beer with a shot of amaretto.  And then we tried stout beer with Irish cream.  It opened up a whole new world of flavors and is the inspiration for this boozy ice cream float.  I can’t think of Halloween without being reminded about all the fun times from college.

Whiskey Ice Cream Float | the little epicurean

Whiskey Ice Cream Float | the little epicurean

Homemade whiskey ice cream, dark chocolate syrup, a shot of bourbon, a splash of Irish cream, and enough chilled stout to fill the glass.  YES to all, please!

Of all the components that make up this decadent dessert drink, I think the rich chocolate syrup ultimates unifies all the flavors together.  The chocolate brings out the sweetness of the whiskey and stout.  Plus, drizzling the chocolate syrup in the serving glasses is so fun!  It makes me feel like Jackson Pollack.

Homemade syrup is unbelievably easy to make and it tastes a heck of a lot better than any store bought stuff.  The recipe makes about 2 cups.  Asides from using it for these boozy ice cream floats, you can use the syrup to make the ultimate chocolate milk!  (It’s super delicious, ask Alex.)

Whiskey Ice Cream Float | the little epicurean

Halloween night, once the sun has set (because I can’t drink until it’s dark) come on over.  My house is the one that smells like fresh baked apple pie.  No costumes, please.  It will only scare Charlie.  And speaking of Charlie, be sure to bring doggie treats.  He won’t let you pass the door unless you have a present for him.

Print Recipe

Boozy Whiskey Ice Cream Float

Homemade whiskey ice cream, dark chocolate syrup, a shot of bourbon, a splash of Irish cream, and enough chilled stout to fill the glass.

Yield: about 1 quart ice cream


Ice Cream Float components for one serving:

  • drizzle of chocolate syrup (recipe follows)
  • 3 scoops whiskey ice cream (recipe follows)
  • 1 oz Irish cream
  • 1 1/2 oz bourbon
  • 6 oz stout beer, chilled

Chocolate Syrup:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste (or pure vanilla extract)
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp light corn syrup (or glucose syrup)
  • 1 tsp instant espresso powder

Whiskey Ice Cream:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 6 large yolks
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp whiskey of choice


  1. Drizzle chocolate syrup inside serving glass.  Add 3 scoops of whiskey ice cream.  Follow with Irish cream and bourbon.  Top with chilled stout beer.  Stir contents and enjoy immediately.  Drizzle top of drink with additional chocolate syrup, if desired.

Chocolate Syrup:

  1. In a medium sauce pot, combine water, sugar, and cocoa powder.  Bring to a boil.  Remove from heat.  Whisk in vanilla, salt, corn syrup, and espresso powder.  Cool to room temperature.  Transfer to an airtight container and keep stored in the fridge.  Keeps for 2 weeks.

Whiskey Ice Cream:

  1. In a medium sauce pot, combine milk and cream.  Set over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar, egg yolks, and salt.  Once milk begins to boil, lower heat.  Temper hot milk into yolk mixture about 1/4 cup at a time, whisking to distribute heat.  Once all the milk has been added, transfer everything back into the pot.
  3. Stir over medium-low heat until mixture reaches nappe consistency, or 180 degrees F on a kitchen thermometer.  Let sit at 180-185 degrees F for 3-5 minutes to pasteurize eggs.
  4. Transfer to an airtight container and let mature in the fridge overnight.
  5. Freeze mixture in ice cream maker according to your unit's instructions.  Once the volume has increased and mixture has reached a soft-serve consistency, add whiskey.  Transfer mixture to a freezer safe container.  Let rest in the freezer for at least one hour before serving.

Chocolate Syrup adapted from Alton Brown, Food Network

Whiskey Ice Cream by The Little Epicurean

Boozy Whiskey Ice Cream Float | the little epicurean

24 Responses to “Boozy Whiskey Ice Cream Float”

  1. October 3, 2014
    8:51 am
    Lori says...

    This will be a huge hit on Game Day Sunday!

  2. October 3, 2014
    9:27 am
    Karishma says...

    Oh my gosh, this looks sooo good! I am definitely suggesting this to my friends for halloween.

    I am surprised you liked dark beer! I feel like most people do not like Guinness at my age, haha.

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thank you Karishma! I think it’s because I like bitter flavors. Like when it comes to chocolate- the darker, the better!

  3. October 3, 2014
    11:42 am
    Carmen says...

    I can imagine what delicious this recipe is!!!!!! thank you for your recipe, I ll be doing for the week end because I love ice cream!!!!!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thanks Carmen! Can’t wait for you to try it out :)

  4. October 3, 2014
    12:53 pm

    Boozy ice cream floats and apple pie sounds like my kinda night. . and why just reserve this for Halloween?! These floats look so good!! you made whiskey ice cream. you are fabulous!!!

  5. October 4, 2014
    12:34 am

    These floats are likely the best I’ve ever seen: beautiful presentation and perfect recipe, I absolutely gotta try them!
    Have a nice weekend :)

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thank you so much Ines! Hope you have a great weekend!

  6. October 4, 2014
    2:55 am

    Love the styling on this – looks yummy!

  7. October 4, 2014
    6:38 am

    You are so incredibly creative and talented! I am in love with these floats! Can not wait to try them. Pinned!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thank you, Jen! That means a lot :) I can’t wait for you to try them, too!

  8. October 6, 2014
    2:26 pm

    Oh, this looks INCREDIBLE! I can’t wait to try it this!

  9. October 6, 2014
    11:01 pm
    Trang says...

    OMG boozy float?? Yes please, sign me up! I’m making these this weekend!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Yes! I can’t wait for you to try the whiskey ice cream!

  10. October 7, 2014
    12:31 am

    I just bought the perfect Bailey’s biscotti flavoured Irish cream duty free.. so you can definitely consider that I will be using it to make these incredible boozy floats. They look SO wickedly delicious.

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Biscotti flavored Irish cream?! YUM! I have to look for that!

      Thank you, Thalia! :)

  11. October 7, 2014
    4:45 am
    Ashley says...

    These pictures…!
    I really need to make my own chocolate syrup. I’m sure that I could find plenty of ways to use it, including these floats ;)

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thanks Ashley! Homemade chocolate syrup is super easy to make and tastes amazing! I hope you make it :)

  12. October 7, 2014
    12:26 pm

    Holy crap, you just blew my mind. So much deliciousness! I cannot wait to make this. Thanks!!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thanks Raquel! I can’t wait for you to make it, too! :)

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