July 17th is National Ice Cream Day.
Of course, it’s easy to head to the freezer, store or scoop shop to celebrate. But we thought you might like something special.
Like a wineshake, a wine milkshake. Wine + ice cream = wineshake.
Does it sound unusual? Well: The first printed reference to a milkshake dates to 1885, and referred to an alcoholic drink, a “sturdy, healthful eggnog type of drink, with eggs, whiskey, etc., served as a tonic as well as a treat.”
By 1900, the whiskey and eggs were gone, and the term “milkshake” referred to “wholesome drinks made with chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla syrups.”
Yet, the milkshake still contained no ice cream until 1922. Here’s more history of the milkshake.
THE DAWN OF THE WINESHAKE
The folks at California-based Winc winery have whipped up delicious ice cream and wine milkshake recipes, combining their wines with Van Leeuwen ice cream. But you can use what you have on hand or other substitutes.
Winc has an online store where you can purchase the wines and send gift cards. We want them just to display the names and label designs: a work of art in wine bottles, so to speak. The wines are well-priced, so this is art we can afford!
RECIPE #1: COOKIES & CREAM WINESHAKE
Ingredients Per Shake
1/2 cup cookies and cream ice cream
2 ounces Alchymist Noir Red Blend (Syrah, Barbera and Valdiguié) or other “big red”
Giant drizzle chocolate syrup
Garnish: more chocolate syrup for drizzling
Garnish: Oreo cookies, mix of crushed and whole
Optional garnish: whipped cream
1. BLEND the ice cream, wine, and big drizzle of chocolate syrup until you reach the desired consistency of your shake. We mixed ours in the blender, but you can use an immersion blender, cocktail shaker or whatever you have at hand.
2. POUR the shake into a glass. Top with more chocolate syrup and add the Oreos. Drizzle the top with more chocolate syrup and top with whipped cream as desired.
Shake it shake it baby: Wineshakes from Winc winery (photos courtesy Winc).
RECIPE #2: DARK CHOCOLATE PINOT NOIR WINESHAKE
Ingredients Per Shake
1/2 cup dark chocolate ice cream
2 ounces Porter & Plot Pinot Noir or other Pinot
Chocolate syrup, for drizzling
Garnish: chocolate chips, fresh cherries with stems
2. BLEND the ice cream and wine until you reach your desired consistency.
2. POUR into a glass, drizzle with chocolate syrup and top with chocolate chips, then the cherries.