PROFITING WITH ICE CREAM DRINKS

In this day and age of heightened health awareness, few people go to a restaurant intending to calorie-bulk on dessert. Yet when face-to-face with trays of devilishly irresistible treats, they rarely hesitate before making their selections.

Tempting guests with delectable, dessert-like libations are a “can’t miss” proposition. They appeal to the kid in all of us, and whether they admit it or not, people are attracted to the instant gratification of taste. —RP


ICE CREAM DRINKS AT A GLANCE

• DIFFICULTY OF PREPARATION: 5.4 OUT OF 10 — These milkshake-like drinks are bona fide works or art. They’re tall, icy cold and bursting with flavor. Part of their universal appeal lies in how they’re prepared.

These drinks are made in an electric blender. Combine the ingredients in the blender canister, turn the machine on, let it whirl for 10-15 seconds and then shut it off. The first indications you’ve made the drink well is a silky smooth consistency and whether it looks as if all of the ingredients have been thoroughly homogenized. This is especially important in drinks made with fruit puree.

If the finished drink is too thick to easily pour into a glass, add a shot of milk and blend the contents for another few seconds. That should take care of it. On the other hand, if the resulting drink is too thin and liquidy, add more ice cream to the canister and give the drink another 5-10 second blast. When preparing drinks made with ice cream, sorbet or sherbet, we recommend blending the concoction without adding ice.

[Scale 1– 10: A drink with a value of 5.0 or lower means it can easily be prepared in one’s sleep, while a rating closer to 10 indicates that it takes several days to prepare and requires an advanced degree.]


• UP-SELLING POTENTIAL: 3.7 OUT OF 10 — Ice cream drinks are rarely branded with premium products. In fact, it’s hard to imagine someone wanting to add Cognac or other equally pricy products into these drinks when such extraordinary results are achieved with less expensive spirits and liqueurs.

 [Scale 1– 10: A drink with an up-selling potential of 5.0 or higher means it’s a financial thoroughbred, a cocktail tailor-made for top-shelf spirits. A rating below 5 signifies a drink in which the brand of spirits used are of secondary importance compared to the overall effect looking to be achieved.]


• ALCOHOL POTENCY: The alcohol component in ice cream drinks is typically diluted 6:1 or more by the other ingredients. As such they are less potent than most cocktails.

[As a general rule, 1 1/4-ounces of distilled spirits is equal in alcohol to 4-ounces of wine and 10-ounces of beer.]


• PORTIONING CONSIDERATIONS: Ice cream drinks are typically prepared with no more than 2 ounces of alcohol—spirits and liqueurs—and up to 8 ounces of various alcohol-free ingredients. Proportions typically range between 1 part alcohol to 4-6 parts mix. When devising an ice cream drink, be conservative with the amount of alcohol used. Making the drink stronger then involves no more than a minor flick of the wrist. However, if you use too much alcohol relative to the size of the glass the drink is not as easily fixed.


• SEASONAL ORIENTATION AND TRADE PERIOD — The natural inclination is to promoted these luxurious drinks only in the warm months. But honestly, would you deny yourself a hot fudge sundae just because of a little snow on the ground? These adult milkshake-like concoctions are promotable all 365-days of the year.

Which day parts to promote ice cream drinks is a tough call, because some of us enjoy eating dessert before dinner. In fact, some of us would then go back for seconds after dinner. Having made that perfectly clear, most guests would prefer digging into these utterly sensational ice cream drinks sometime after dinner but before Last Call.


• GLASSWARE OPTIONS — The choice of glassware is an important marketing consideration. Conventional wisdom contends that the better a drink looks and the better people look drinking it, the better the drink will sell.

Ice cream drinks are blended concoctions. These tall attractive drinks deserve to be presented in a tall attractive glass. The one you choose should be have minimum capacity of 14-16 ounces. Possibilities range from Fiesta Grandes, Coupettes and pint glasses to mason jars, wine glasses and beer mugs. If the container is transparent and has a minimum capacity of 14-ounces, it’s a candidate.


• ALCOHOL-FREE OPTIONS: 9.6 OUT OF 10 — Creating alcohol-free milkshakes is a slice of the good life. Consider, for a moment, the merits of the Chocolate/PB/Nana Shake, a delectable blend of chocolate syrup, peanut butter, milk, banana and two heaping scoops of vanilla ice cream. It’s so big and satisfying it qualifies as an entrée.

What about a milkshake made with chocolate ice cream, Mandarin oranges and freshly brewed espresso coffee? Then again, who said anything about being limited to using ice cream? Imagine combining fresh kiwis with lime sherbet or papayas with lemon sorbet.

In many respects, these drinks are about indulging your guests’ desires. Thoroughly decadent and loaded with pleasure, alcohol-free shakes are guaranteed to do just that.

[Scale: The rating of 9.6 out of 10 indicates that alcohol-free variations of ice cream drinks are plentiful and easily crafted. In fact, omitting the alcohol in many ice cream-based drinks may well go unnoticed.]


ICE CREAM DRINK NECESSITIES

Ice cream is perfectly cast as the leading character in these drinks. It plays the quintessential host to a variety of flavors and ingredients, including spirits and liqueurs. With scoop firmly in hand, creativity behind the bar is a piece of cake. While there’s no such thing as a universal crowd-pleaser, adult milkshakes come awfully close.

At Finest Call, we’ve developed a range of products designed to help your inner bartender come out and make ice cream magic.


• FINEST CALL FRUIT PUREES — Created to deliver a concentrated blast of fresh fruit flavor, Finest Call Fruit Purees are fabulous blended with ice cream. For example, the TROPICS OF PARADISE gets much of its flavor courtesy of Finest Call Banana Puree, while the PASSIONATE BLUES derives its identity from Finest Call Passion Fruit Puree.

Our purees are made entirely of premium varieties of fruit picked at their peak ripeness. Having done nature one better, shelf-stable purees allow you to make drinks with fruit and avoid the attendant hassles.

Recipes featuring Finest Call Fruit Purees include:

Créme de Banshee (Finest Call Banana Puree)

Mango Mingle (Finest Call Mango Puree)

Passionate Blues (Finest Call Passion Fruit Puree)

Peach ‘n’ Berry Bliss (Finest Call Peach Puree and Raspberry Puree)

Raspberry Dreams (Finest Call Raspberry Puree)

Serendipity (Finest Call Raspberry Puree)

Strawberry Frost (Finest Call Strawberry Puree)

Tropics of Paradise (Finest Call Banana Puree)


• FINEST CALL PREMIUM FLAVORED SYRUPS — Sometimes a splash or two of flavor is all that’s necessary to propel a drink into the extraordinary range. To that end, we’ve created a line of flavored syrups developed specifically for use in cocktails and drinks. Almond-flavored Finest Call Orgeat Syrup is especially delicious in ice cream.

Cherry Blizzard (Finest Call Cherry Syrup and Pomegranate Syrup)

Huckleberry Rum Cream (Finest Call Orgeat Syrup and Huckleberry Syrup)

Mango Mingle (Finest Call Orgeat Syrup)


• FINEST CALL DRINK INGREDIENTS — We’ve made it our business to develop the finest, high quality drink fixings possible. As a result, our products have tremendous versatility. For instance, Finest Call Agave Nectar Syrup, Grenadine Syrup and Blue Curaçao are featured in these ice cream drinks, as well as:

Jack’s Coffee Shake (Finest Call Agave Nectar Syrup)

Passionate Blues (Finest Call Blue Curaçao)

Peach ‘n’ Berry Bliss (Finest Call Sweet ‘n’ Sour)

Peach ‘ n’ Berry Bliss (Finest Call Lime Juice)

Tropics of Paradise (Finest Call Triple Sec and Grenadine Syrup)


ICE CREAM DRINKS — TIPS FOR PROS

When the last fork hits the plate signaling the end of dinner, thoughts immediately turn to dessert. Some people are able contain their enthusiasm for the final course, but most of us can barely resist the urge to jump on the furniture and begin baying at the moon until it arrives. Curiously, at the same time we’re clamoring for dessert, there’s a calmer, more composed voice in our heads reminding us that a nightcap would also be pleasant.

So here’s how to keep guests off of the furniture. Take several heavy scoops of vanilla ice cream and drop them into a blender. Then toss in a few drams of spirits or liqueurs—let’s say brandy and Kahlúa—caramel syrup, a splash of milk and a frozen Kit Kat bar for good measure. Blend them together and serve with a milkshake straw. It’s a foolproof plan.


• THERE’S WAY MORE THAN 31 FLAVORS Vanilla ice cream is frequently called for in these recipes because it provides a neutral base upon which to build the drink. There’s way more crayons in the box than just white, so to speak. There are at least 31 flavors from which to choose, so experiment. In addition to ice cream, there’s also frozen yogurt, sherbet and sorbet to consider. Each will lend a different taste and texture to the finished drink.


• ESPRESSO SHAKES AND FROZEN CAPPUCCINOS — It may seem as if an espresso machine and a blender have nothing in common other than a power cord. As it turns out, freshly brewed espresso and ice cream are as natural of a combo as milk and your morning coffee. If the opportunity arises too add espresso to one of your ice cream creations, consider it too delicious to pass up.

For example, the SERENDIPITY is a delicious frozen cappuccino perfect for serving after dinner. It’s made with two shots of freshly brewed espresso coffee, French vanilla ice cream, Finest Call Raspberry Puree and Godiva Chocolate Liqueur finished with a layer of frothed milk. That the drink is also beautiful only seals the deal.


• A LITTLE SOMETHING EXTRA — There are few creative limitations when choosing flavors for ice cream drinks. In addition to using fresh fruit, options include chocolate, caramel, butterscotch syrup, peanut butter, fruit juice, iced coffee or espresso, crushed cookies and candy bars.


• ADULT SMOOTHIES — These aren’t the smoothies that your momma used to make for you. These are the kind of drinks that she should have given you. If smoothies can be customized with one or more nutritious additives, why can’t you doctor them with a little Kahlúa, Midori or a bracer of Maker’s Mark? Well, according to our unofficial survey, everyone on the planet agrees that smoothies taste considerably better with an added shot of dark rum. While drinking adult smoothies might not make you healthier, they will certainly make you feel better.


FINEST CALL ICE CREAM DRINK RECIPES

CHERRY BLIZZARD

Pint glass (16 ounces), chilled

Pour ingredients into an empty blender canister

1 oz. Dark Rum

1 oz. Irish Cream

1 ½ oz. Finest Call Cherry Syrup

1 oz. milk

2 scoops vanilla ice cream (4-6 oz. ea.)

Blend thoroughly

Garnish with whipped cream


CRÉME DE BANSHEE

Large cocktail glass, chilled

Pour ingredients into an empty blender canister

1 oz. Vanilla Vodka

1 oz. Finest Call Banana Puree

1 oz. milk

2 small scoops vanilla ice cream

Blend thoroughly

Garnish with whipped cream and a drizzle of Finest Call Pomegranate Syrup


HUCKLEBERRY RUM CREAM

Pint glass (16 ounces), chilled

Pour ingredients into an empty blender canister

1 ½ oz. Light Rum

¾ oz. Finest Call Orgeat Syrup

1 ½ oz. Finest Call Huckleberry Syrup

1 oz. milk

2 scoops vanilla ice cream (4-6 oz. ea.)

Blend thoroughly

Garnish with whipped cream


JACK’S COFFEE SHAKE

Pint glass (16 ounces), chilled

Pour ingredients into an empty blender canister

1 oz. Jack Daniel’s Whiskey

1 oz. Coffee Liqueur

1 oz. Finest Call Agave Nectar Syrup

1 oz. milk

2 scoops vanilla ice cream (4-6 oz. ea.)

Blend thoroughly

Garnish with whipped cream


MANGO MINGLE

Large cocktail glass, chilled

Pour ingredients into an empty blender canister

1 ½ oz. Mango Rum

¾ oz. Finest Call Orgeat Syrup

2 oz. Finest Call Mango Puree

1 oz. milk

2 scoops vanilla ice cream (4-6 oz. ea.)

Blend thoroughly

Garnish with whipped cream and shredded coconut


PASSIONATE BLUES

Pint glass (16 ounces), chilled

Pour ingredients into an empty blender canister

1 ½ oz. Gold Rum

2 oz. Finest Call Passion Fruit Puree

1 oz. milk

2 scoops vanilla ice cream (4-6 oz. ea.)

Blend thoroughly

Sink 1 oz. Finest Call Blue Curaçao

Garnish with whipped cream


PEACH ‘N’ BERRY BLISS

Pint glass (16 ounces), chilled

Pour ingredients into an empty blender canister

1 ½ oz. Vodka

1 oz. Finest Call Peach Puree

1 oz. Finest Call Raspberry Puree

2 oz. Finest Call Sweet ‘n’ Sour

½ oz. Finest Call Lime Juice

2 scoops vanilla ice cream (4-6 oz. ea.)

Blend thoroughly

Garnish with whipped cream


RASPBERRY DREAMS

Pint glass (16 ounces), chilled

Pour ingredients into an empty blender canister

1 ½ oz. Irish Whiskey

1 oz. Chambord

2 oz. Finest Call Raspberry Puree

1 oz. milk

2 scoops vanilla ice cream (4-6 oz. ea.)

Blend thoroughly

Garnish with whipped cream and fresh berries


SERENDIPITY

Pint glass (16 ounces), chilled

Pour ingredients into an empty blender canister

1 oz. Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

1 oz. Finest Call Raspberry Puree

1 oz. milk

2 oz. freshly brewed espresso coffee

2 scoops (approximately 8 ounces) French vanilla ice cream

Blend thoroughly and pour into glass

Layer 1-inch of frothed milk

Garnish with shaved chocolate or powdered cocoa


STRAWBERRY FROST

Pint glass (16 ounces), chilled

Pour ingredients into an empty blender canister

1 oz. Disaronno Amaretto

1 oz. Vanilla Rum

2 oz. Finest Call Strawberry Puree

1 oz. milk

2 scoops vanilla ice cream (4-6 oz. ea.)

Blend thoroughly

Garnish with whipped cream and fresh strawberry slice


TROPICS OF PARADISE

Pint glass (16 ounces), chilled

Pour ingredients into an empty blender canister

1 ½ oz. Gold Rum

¾ oz. Finest Call Banana Puree

1 oz. Finest Call Triple Sec

¾ oz. Finest Call Grenadine Syrup

1 oz. milk

2 scoops vanilla ice cream (4-6 oz. ea.)

Blend thoroughly

Garnish with whipped cream, banana slice and cherry

Difficulty of
Preparation

Upselling
Potential

Alcohol-Free
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