17. Vanilla Punch

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Well, I spent all this time getting curaçao and then decided to make one of his drinks that doesn’t actually need it. Ah well, it was still delicious.

Vanilla Ice performed on the Today Show yesterday. I have no understanding of why this happened. Also, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were involved. This may have been a piece (one of the many) of 90s culture that I missed.

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17. Vanilla Punch

(Use large bar glass.) [We didn’t.]

  • 1 table-spoonful of sugar.
  • 2 oz. brandy.
  • The juice of ¼ of a lemon.
  • Fill the tumbler with shaved ice, shake well, ornament with one or two slices of lemon, and flavor with a few drops of vanilla extract. [Presumably, you put the ingredients in first, and THEN fill with ice. Also, I used more like 6-7 drops of extract, and you should too.
  • This is a delicious drink, and should be imbibed through a glass tube or straw.

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Tasting Notes:

BN: I’m not sure why it follows that if it’s a delicious drink, it should be imbibed with a straw, but he’s right on both accounts. Vanilla isn’t a super common drink flavor, other than, say, milkshakes, but it paired really well with the citrus, and the bite of the alcohol. The only change I’d like to make to this drink is to maybe add some soda water, to cut the alcohol a tiny bit and, more importantly, make it last longer. Also, shaking with shaved ice is sort of strange, too, but it seemed to work. It was sweet, flavorful, and not overpowering in any particular way.

PiC: I liked it! It wasn’t too sweet, and I liked how much vanilla there was.

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Sundae Rummy Sundae – National Vanilla Ice Cream Day

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So, today is not to be confused with National Ice Cream Day, which happened on Sunday, but I’m happy for it to be confused with National Ice Cream Month, which apparently is the entirety of July. Now, I vowed that I wouldn’t do this sort of thing, pulling a random “holiday” that no one has ever heard of off of a marketing calendar, but when you look at the news these days, I think it’s understandable. I don’t want to make light of any of the numerous terrible situations occurring right now, so, instead, ice cream! And a pun about a massacre. But, you know, it’s an old massacre. Ish.

I didn’t want to make a simple float, or anything involving actual ice cream, so I tried to go for something that tasted like it without actually having the real thing. And this is what I came up with, for better or for worse. It’s frothy, it’s vanilla-y, and it looks kind of like a milkshake. I will say up front that this wasn’t my most successful drink, but with some alterations I think it could be pretty good.

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Sundae Rummy Sundae

  • 2 oz gold rum (You might want to try dark rum — would add an interesting sweetness)
  • 1 oz heavy cream
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 oz ginger simple syrup (I got the recipe from this: Bon Appetit Beetnik Martini)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • club soda or seltzer (I used the former, because I don’t like the latter, but I think seltzer would have been a better choice for its acid)

The only trick to this recipe is the egg white, which I learned, from my partner in crime, is easy enough to separate from the yolk just by slooping (yes, I’m making that a word) the yolk back and forth between the shell halves of a cracked egg until all the white falls into a bowl. If you are worried about salmonella, I suppose that is valid, but I haven’t died yet so it’s probably okay?

Anyways, pour all the ingredients except for the club soda into a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake it for five minutes. Yep, five minutes. You might want to wrap a tea towel around the shaker to spare your hands from a lot of pain. Or switch off. Or both! Get it shaken.

When the timer rings, strain the mixture about two-thirds of the way up a tall glass, and fill up the rest of the glass with club soda. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top, and you should be all set.

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Tasting Notes:

BN: As I said before, this wasn’t my favorite. I loved the way it looked and the texture of it, but the taste wasn’t quite there — it needed more ginger, more cinnamon, and just generally more of something that wasn’t rum or vanilla. But, if you stick a little more of those things in there, I think it has a lot of potential. And, it really felt like a milkshake without being one, so that was pretty cool. It also slowly separated, which was fun to watch — but it really means you should drink it quickly.

PiC: I like it! It could use a little more flavor, I think. But generally I think your signature is that your drinks taste like they have alcohol in them.