Whiskey In Your Ice Cream

I don’t drink alcohol.  I’m not opposed to drinking alcohol.  I just cannot stand the taste of it.

And I can’t tell you how many times people have said to me here try this, you can’t taste the alcohol!  And every single time, I assure you, I can taste the alcohol.  I think I have an aversion to fermentation.

So then along comes Ireland.  I’ve tried the obligatory sip of alcohol there and even with the magic of Ireland, I can’t stand the taste of alcohol.

One lovely wet day in Ireland we found a nice bakery cafe and went upstairs hoping to watch over the foot traffic below us in Galway.   We couldn’t get a window seat so we sat at a table below a portrait of a man who may have been the original proprietor of the establishment.  There were a few portraits of the man and his wife.  I enjoyed the setting and imagined the history.  We took our time with hot tea and good food eventually feeling full and content, we moved back down to the street to walk off our meal.

After only a few steps we came across a very nice man handing out ice cream samples.  We stopped to talk with him.  I was full and could not have eaten another bite of anything.  My husband enjoyed the ice cream sample, and we both enjoyed his pleasant demeanor and humor.  We promised to come back after walking around some.

We walked.  It rained.  We went back.

A beautiful young woman was working in the ice cream shop, Murphy’s Ice Cream.  (Located in both Galway and Dingle.)  Her name is Lapree.  If for no other reason go to these places and meet some lovely people.

Or go for the ice cream.

My husband told Lapree he had talked to the man handing out ice cream, she called for Richard.  And we met Richard proper.

My husband got the ice cream Richard was giving samples for.  I kept looking in the display.  “Whiskey” caught my eye.  I asked if that was real whiskey in ice cream.  Richard said yes.  I kept looking and he said “do you want to try a taste?”

I said “can you taste the whiskey?”   Richard, with Irish and a smile in his voice, assured me I could.  I told him yes, I would like to taste it.  I liked that he didn’t try to convince me I wouldn’t be able to taste it.

I tasted it.

And yes, you can taste the whiskey.

The initial taste gave me that all too familiar “I don’t like alcohol” feeling.  But it quickly disappeared into a this ice cream is incredible! feeling.

I ordered a scoop of it.

We spent some time in the shop talking and getting to know Richard and Lapree both.  My husband and I were both impressed with their kindness and charm and their willingness to entertain a couple of tourists on a rainy day.

We had both wanted to give them a book.  I had one book left to give away and it was in our car.  We retrieved the book and again returned to the shop.  They were so gracious and so kind about the book that I have to say that felt even better than the amazing ice cream tasted.

I may not be a connoisseur of fine whiskeys but I can hold my own with ice cream.  And this place is a must.  But not because of the fine ice cream.

The fine people are worth the visit.

And if you ever go to Murphy’ Ice Cream in Galway, tell Richard and Lapree I said “hi!”

And try the whiskey ice cream.

 

 

43 thoughts on “Whiskey In Your Ice Cream

  1. how wonderful, what a turnaround and worth it ) i’m not a huge drinker myself, but i do enjoy it and there are times… especially when in ireland. and also when not. what lovely people you met along the way –

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    • You are right about that Van, the people were fabulous. Ireland has some amazing ambassadors walking her streets.

      I’m kind of glad I don’t like alcohol, I’m getting a lot of alcohol ice cream feed back! 😉

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    • They certainly were MBM. I was surprised at the flavor. I wonder if the immediate cold and cream of the ice cream did something to the whiskey flavor. I can’t adequately explain it. But it worked.

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  2. I love ice-cream, and I love meeting people, but I’m not a real whiskey fan, however since you as the royal taster liked the whisky ice-cream, I’m sure it would be fabulous.!!

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  3. You can’t be averse to fermentation as all your creativity ferments in your brain until you get it on paper….or are you percolating ideas instead? Coffee anyone? Uh you do know coffee used to be percolated?

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  4. Wow, I hate alcohol too. I am shocked. The ice cream won you over! Your recount of this Irish town is beautiful – exactly how I felt when I toured Ireland last year. ‘May the Irish luck be with you’, as they say! 🙂

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  5. I have to admit that I like alcohol but am a one drink for a night or two glasses of wine during an entire day. Sipping, savoring, adding ice to extend alcohol but I love(!) Bourbon Pecan ice cream by Velvet (Utica, Ohio) ice cream!!!! Mmmmm! I am glad you haven’t developed a taste since it really could be addictive. . . 💖

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    • I have also to admit that I like alcohol, but I stopped some weeks ago, just to show myself that I do not need it…it´s perfect, I have some alcoholfree beer mixed with grapefruit in the refrigerator, that´s fine and sometimes I drink a glass of wine…but icecream I prefer without special sabors….the normal selfmade ones are the best…; )

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    • 😉 It was something. I didn’t expect to like it. That initial taste was horrible because yes, I could taste the alcohol….but that ice cream was so creamy and flavorful it quickly subdued the alcohol taste. I’m sorry you missed it!

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