If an alarm goes off in your head every hot, humid, summer afternoon to eat ice cream… you’re not alone. That’s why we’ve gathered our favorite ice cream recipes from sweet cream mavens like Jeni Britton Bauer, out-of-the-box flavors from our friends at Palm&Pine in New Orleans, and a southern hometown favorite from Off Track Ice Cream in Charleston. Combat rising temperatures with these twists on southern classics or venture out into unfamiliar ingredient territory for a sweet surprise. Either way, we hope we get your mind and ice cream maker spinning with these imaginative flavors to scoop all summer long.
8 Imaginative Homemade Ice Cream Recipes
Who says pumpkin pie is just for Thanksgiving? This rich & simple treat features those comforting pumpkin spices while keeping it cool all year round. Garnish with Maldon sea salt or a sprinkling of crisp nutmeg as your cherry-on-top. Serve alongside pumpkin bread, your favorite decadent chocolate dessert, or with crumbled gingersnaps on top.
Don’t sleep on this fun and creamy recipe packed with a sweet-heat punch that is sure to change the way you think about ice cream. Combine banana puree and rum with generous shakes of turmeric and curry powder for an epic twist to dessert you didn’t know you needed. Top with coconut flakes and crushed cashews.
It’s time to take life’s lemons and elevate them into this tangy and subtly sweet dessert. Simply mix this six-ingredient ice cream recipe that combines preserved lemon with honey for tart perfection. To amplify the honey, we recommend using Edisto’s Gold Honey.
Combining these two southern traditions is nothing short of a delightful dessert. Simply mix your favorite tea along with milk, cream, sugar, salt, and eggs. We suggest getting creative with the tea blend you choose to create other underlying flavors in the base like peach, blackberry, or vanilla. Our go-to is Oliver Pluff and Co Peach Sun Tea for the slightest note of ripe peaches.
This light and botanical dessert captures flavors like blueberries, cinnamon, and lemon without being overly sweet. Juniper berries are most often associated with gin, and this ice cream marries that same bouquet of flavors with plump, summery blueberries. We suggest serving with a dollop of homemade blueberry jam, as a balancing companion to a rich slice of pound cake, or serving as-is with a sprig of mint on top.
This spin on the popular Mexican drink incorporates cinnamon and nutmeg to create a light and creamy dessert. With subtle notes of cinnamon and spice, this horchata ice cream proves to be incredibly versatile and can be served with sweet potato cake, chocolatey brownies, or scooped onto a fruity cobbler.
From the queen of cream herself, Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, comes this playful root beer ice cream recipe. Root beer is known for deep, earthy notes of licorice and star anise, and combined with a thick, creamy texture, you might find your new favorite way to enjoy the soda pop classic.
Chef Ashley Roussel brings us this unique dessert using Louisiana satsuma, a sweet & seedless citrus fruit. Riffing on the nostalgic classic: dreamsicle popsicles, Roussel introduces the honey-sweet flavor of satsuma for a beautifully colored ice cream. Serve with coffee cake or with a couple gingersnap cookies.
- by Erin Byers Murray