Pliny the Elder is a great double IPA from Russian River Brewery. We heard rumors of people making Pliny the Elder ice cream, but couldn’t track it down. So, I decided to make my own.
The recipe I came up with is tasty. It’s not quite as good as my bourbon ice cream, but it’s close. The ice cream is a rich and creamy vanilla with refreshing beer undertones. If you like beer and ice cream, you will like this.
If you don’t have access to Pliny the Elder, don’t worry. Almost any beer would work in this recipe. I can imagine it being just as good with a porter or stout or English ale as it is with a double IPA. And it’s easy to make, too.
I should mention that this ice cream has alcohol in it, so this recipe is not appropriate for children.
Beer Ice Cream
3/4 c sugar
1 c whip cream
2 c whole milk
1 c Pliny the Elder beer
Put the ice cream maker in the freezer overnight.
Break two eggs into a bowl and beat thoroughly. Add the sugar and beat that into the eggs until fully integrated. Add the milk/cream and mix until you have a batter. Cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator overnight to get it very cold.
The next day, add one cup of the beer to the batter. Run the batter through an ice cream maker, according to manufacturer’s directions.
Because this ice cream as alcohol in it, it melts faster than normal. If it is runny when you take it out of the ice cream machine, transfer to a container and stick it in the freezer for a few hours. It will harden right up.
Happy Father’s Day!