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One Ice Cream, One Cocktail, and Springtime Friends
cap, captain miss america

Last night, I pulled out the ice cream maker for the first time this spring. It’s time!

Now, there’s a little more of this story I might tell you another time…I *will* tell you another time…but I’ve been planning on making toffee bacon ice cream all winter, and then yesterday I came up with an idea that was either inspired genius or gross! So I had to try it!

Cracked Pepper and Sea Salt Ice Cream

3/4 cup whole milk
3/4 cup half & half
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup piloncillo sugar
4 egg yolks
2 Tbs honey
1 Tb vanilla bean paste
1 tsp cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp fine sea salt

Whisk the egg yolks and the sugar together until frothy and pasty.
Mix the milk and half & half together in a saucepan, cook just until boiling, remove from heat, wait until it stops bubbling.
Add 1 Tb of the hot milk to the sugar and egg mixture, whisk quickly to keep the eggs from cooking.
Keep adding the hot milk to the sugar and eggs in small increments, whisking and pausing between additions, until 3/4 of the hot milk has been added.
Pour the milk/egg/sugar mixture back into the saucepan, and add honey and vanilla, heat over medium heat, stirring frequently until mixture thickens.
Remove from heat and chill for at least four hours.
Once chilled, add heavy cream and stir until well mixed. Stir in salt and pepper.
Put entire mixture in ice cream mixer and follow instructions for your ice cream mixer until frozen. Put finished ice cream in freezer.
Chill for at least two hours in freezer.
Serve with cracked pepper and additional shavings of piloncillo on top.

I can’t even tell you how awesome this was. It is so lovely. I really wasn’t sure if it would even be edible, but holy wow, I want to eat it all the time. I am making another batch of it up here at the barn for my parents.

Story number 2: In which Tea actually makes a drink with vodka that isn’t something for her dad.

You know how sometimes things all come together in funny ways so that weeks have themes? Well, here’s how my week went as far as my libation imbibement for the week.

[info]trouserminnow posted something about vodka earlier this week, and pretty much the question of what cocktail there might be that is actually better with vodka than with any other spirit, where the vodka is actually tasteable as the centerpiece of the drink (many vodka cocktails are all about covering up the flavor of the vodka). Which I’ve been thinking about now on and off, because I can’t *not* take that as a challenge. And I have a theory which I will be trying out later this week at home.

Then, I was over at Astor, and apart from getting an excellent little daiquiri-style drink, I discovered Boyd and Blair, which is very possibly the greatest vodka I have ever tasted. Seriously, this thing has a depth to it that I’ve been starting to see in some newer vodkas, but it just goes beyond anything else I’ve ever had.

Then, tonight, my mom bought a bottle of Comb, which is distilled from honey. I love their gin, Comb 9, and the Comb was ostensibly a “We need a good vodka for guests who hate gin” purchase. Because pretty much anytime my parents have friends up to the house, they want vodka, and we have barely any (at least compared to anything else in our cabinets).

Also, today, I sent [info]karnythia a drink recipe, and I know she’s a vodka drinker, so I was messing around with vodka in my headspace to begin with, and then I wanted to try a variation on what I gave her. So, [info]karnythia, this drink is also for you!

Split Hive

2.5 oz Comb vodka
.5 oz rhubarb-honey-white balsamic syrup (recipe below)
10 blueberries
1 4 inch narrow piece of rhubarb stalk.

Add everything but the piece of rhubarb to a glass or pitcher, muddle until blueberries are well-crushed.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, add stalk for garnish.

Ingredients for syrup
4 small rhubarb stalks
2 Tbs honey
2 tsps white balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup water

Chop rhubarb into very small pieces.
Add to small saucepan, add water to cover.
Add honey and vinegar, heat until boiling.
Once boiling, stir intermittently to keep rhubarb from sticking to pan
When liquid becomes syrupy and rhubarb has cooked down completely, remove from heat. Strain into a bottle.

And finally, for the most exciting news of the day!

I went out to Long Island after work, and met my mom to drive up to Connecticut, with a stop at Suburban Wines on the way (which was incredibly disappointing; this place used to have an amazing selection. I don’t know if it’s a reflection of the clientele or staff turnover or what, but while their bourbon selection is still pretty okay, that’s pretty much the ONLY selection that wasn’t completely decimated. It was sad! But I digress. Anyway, I get into the car, and when we stop at a light, my mom tells me to be quiet and listen.

I hear this sound. It goes, peep peep peep.


It takes me a second.

“Holy shit, is that in the car?!” I ask.

“It’s in the car,” my mom answers.

So then when we stop the car at Suburban, the first thing I do is open the back door to see the new babies.

PEEP PEEP. They peeped all the way home! It is the most joyous noise in the universe, all the little peepings! So cute! So exciting! Chickens! I do not even know where to begin with how awesome this acquisition is!


Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

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whaaaaat cracked pepper and sea salt??

i must try it o-o

It is so freaking good you would not believe it!


CHICKS! I still remember when my 2nd grade class had a few eggs we watched hatch in an incubator in school. I love the sound of those little chirps!

That is where we got ours from, my mom's second grade hatched them!

What breed of chickens have you? Very exciting indeed :) I kept chickens for a while when I still lived in CT--I love them! I had Silver Seabright bantams (2 hens and a rooster) and three Star hens (a red a black and a white). The red hen was a very loving creature; if you sat down she would hop onto your lap and settle down making those contented hen sounds when you stroked her head and back. Chickens are wonderful creatures! Congratulations!

I don't know what breed they are because they are chickens we got from my mom's school and the teacher who got the eggs isn't as into chickens as we are, so she didn't think to ask.

Eventually, the plan is to ger Rhode Island Reds. Silver Seabrights are pretty too!

I'm so excited for our chickens! Thank you!

Oh I want to try that ice cream! NOW!

EEEE chicks are so cute! And their peeping IS the most joyous noise <3

woah, hot chicks. congrats.

I actually do have a bag of some of the best of the blueberries my mom picked last year in my freezer, and they need to die before this year's blueberries truly arrive, so trying this cocktail seems to be in order. It sounds delicious.

Have you experimented much with vinegars in cocktails? After the success I had with coconut vinegar, it's something I've wanted to muck with more.

I will now also be having ice cream in some form today as well. Gah.

I am so excited for the chicks!

This is not quite right as far as what you were talking about with a drink that really lets the vodka shine-- I think I would use less syrup next time, or maybe less rhubarb in the syrup. But the Comb is nice and promising as far as doing that. It has nice discernable honey notes. If you haven't had Boyd & Blair yet, get some. It is freaking phenomenal and I am a little in love with it.

I haven't done too much with vinegar, but I've done a few syrups with vinegar-- last year I made a fennel and white balsamic syrup that I loved and was really nice with gin. And I have a fig balsamic that goes really well with strawberry drinks, and a couple aged balsamics that work nicely with whiskey. I also did some pickled cherries in sherry plus sherry vinegar that were awesome.

I have another batch of this ice cream all ready to go in the freezer but we got invited to an impromptu barbecue so my ice cream is going to have to wait till tomorrow!

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They are! But they are too little to hug.

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