Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Brain Freeze!

The trucker joint - Burger Pit - in the small Saskatchewan town that I grew up in, served up some epic soft ice cream treats. They put a whole heck of a lot of sugar in their soft serve, so it was always extra tasty. We would stop there on summer Sunday afternoons.

They served this extreme dessert called a Volcano. A volcano is basically soft serve ice cream with slushy. The juxtaposition of the sour, crystallized slush and the sweet, smooth soft ice cream is just divine.

On a humid, stormy Ottawa evening, I experienced a strong craving for this summer dessert. First I tried to think of where I could buy one. Technically all you need is a slushy machine in close proximity to soft serve. The next morning - a breakthrough! I could make these at home!

Homemade Volcano
1 cup vodka
2 cup water
1 pkg orange koolaid
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup lemon juice

Mix. Freeze. It will take about 24 hours to freeze but it will not freeze solid due to the booze.

To serve:
Mix freshly churned (or extremely softened) homemade ice cream with slush. Eat with a thick straw and/or a spoon.

Notes: This was the first and only time I have ever (or will ever) buy koolaid. It does give the slush the authentic, neon color required. However, it does not offer much in the way of taste. The next time I will use an actual fruit juice.

There are so many flavor combinations here! Can you think of any?

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