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Dark ‘N’ Stormy Ice Cream (AKA Rum And Ginger)

Dark ‘n’ Stormy ice cream (rum and ginger) – a delicious, grown-up take on the classic cocktail with the warming, fiery flavours of rum and ginger. Perfect all year round!

Dark 'N' Stormy ice cream - a delicious, grown-up ice cream based on the classic cocktail with the fiery, refreshing flavours of rum, ginger and lime.

Here in the UK we have been enjoying a bit of a heatwave. My diet over the last few days has consisted mostly of ice cream and smoothies and seeing as ice cream is one of my favourite foods I’m not complaining! I make my own ice cream regularly and love to experiment with lots of different flavours; my most recent experiment was this Dark ‘n’ Stormy ice cream aka rum and ginger (with a dash of lime).

Dark 'N' Stormy ice cream - a delicious, grown-up ice cream based on the classic cocktail with the fiery, refreshing flavours of rum, ginger and lime.

This ice cream is based on the classic Dark ‘n’ Stormy cocktail – a mix of dark rum and ginger beer garnished with a slice of lime. It is both refreshing and warming at the same time so is a good all-year-round drink, as is this ice cream! It is cooling and refreshing in Summer, but has warm flavours that also work really well in Autumn and Winter; especially if it is served atop a slice of apple pie!

I used a custard base to make the ice cream which I infused with fresh ginger; I then added a hefty dash of dark rum and a little bit of lime zest and juice to fully recreate the flavour of the cocktail. Once the ice cream was frozen I mixed in some chopped candied ginger, this is absolutely optional but I like the variation in texture and extra bursts of fiery ginger flavour that it provides.

Dark 'N' Stormy ice cream - a delicious, grown-up ice cream based on the classic cocktail with the fiery, refreshing flavours of rum, ginger and lime.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 90g fresh ginger (a fat 3 inch piece)
  • 2 cups full fat milk
  • pinch salt
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tbsp dark brown soft sugar
  • 1 + ¼ cups heavy cream
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup rum (plus more if needed)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger (optional)
  • 1/2 cup candied ginger (optional)

Dark 'n' stormy ice cream ingredients

1.Thinly slice the ginger (there is no need to peel it) and place in a non-reactive saucepan; add enough water to cover the ginger by about 1 inch. Bring to the boil, allow to boil for 2 minutes then drain and discard the water.

2.Return the ginger to the pan; add the milk, salt and sugars and heat until just coming up to a simmer. Remove from the heat, cover, and leave to infuse for 1 hour. (Blanching the ginger in water before adding the milk prevents the acid in the ginger from curdling the milk).