This IPA Ice Cream proves that hops aren’t just for beer
Looking for a sweet and festive pledge to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Try the homemade IPA ice cream.
Much like fermentation, making ice cream involves a bit of science and tact—but nothing a home chef can’t handle. Think of ice cream as a rich blank canvas to highlight the robust, robust flavor of IPA-style beers.
It’s time to put your brewer’s cap on and grab your favorite Irish brew or a fizzy American IPA. Here, we explain how to make your own ice cream at home, starting with a solid foundation.
How to make homemade IPA ice cream
Making homemade ice cream may seem intimidating, but rest assured that it is much easier than it looks.
Start with a good ice cream base from a trusted recipe. “It’s really hard to mess up, as long as you start with a great establishment,” says Tyler Malik, co-founder and chief innovation officer of Salt & Straw, an Oregon-based ice cream company. Having a basic recipe keeps things organized and serves as a starting point from which to tinker with a wide variety of flavors—including the aromatic hops that define IPA-style beers.
Then it’s time to add some lively flavors.
“You can’t just pour beer into ice cream,” says Malek. “Its flavor is not concentrated enough to counteract the fat content of the ice cream. And if you try to cook some water to intensify the flavor, you distort the character of the beer you were trying to bring out in the first place.”
the solution? Dry hopping – just like a brewer does.
Dry hopping entails soaking the hops in alcohol to extract their aromas. This harnesses the complex bitterness and hop aroma that defines an IPA-style drink.
To achieve the distinct flavor profile of an IPA-style beer in ice cream form, Malek recommends steeping a blend of hops granules in vodka. before Add them to the caramel malt ice cream base. This results in a delicious IPA that you can use in this creamy dessert. Bonus: You can use the leftover syrup in your next cocktail.
So grab a bottle of your favorite fruity IPA and put the cap on your brewer. It’s time to make an IPA ice cream.
IPA ice cream
Recipe adapted from The Salt and Straw Ice Cream Cookbook By Tyler Malick and JJ Good
1/2 cup vodka, or any other high-strength alcohol
1 teaspoon of citra hop granules
3 tablespoons of light golden liquid malt extract
A quarter cup of caramel 40 liters of malt
A quarter cup of caramel 20 liters of malt
1 teaspoon Columbus granules
1 teaspoon of Falconer’s Fly Granules
1 teaspoon of chinook hop granules
3 cups ice cream, very cold* (recipe follows)
Your favorite balanced, fruity, ice-cold IPA cup
Ice cream base
Half a cup of granulated sugar
2 tablespoons of dry milk powder
Half a teaspoon of xanthan gum
2 tablespoons of light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups full fat milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
questions and answers
Do you need an ice cream maker to make IPA ice cream?
no! An ice cream maker is not necessary to make ice cream at home. To make IPA ice cream without an ice cream maker, freeze the ice cream base mixture, beer, and IPA syrup after whipping. After 30 minutes, manually beat the mixture with a whisk or hand mixer and place in the freezer. Repeat this process until you have a smooth rendering texture before moving on to the next step.
However, it may make your life easier. If you’re looking to make ice cream on a longer hunt, Malik encourages looking to Amazon or your local thrift store for an affordable option to get started.
Where can you buy hops?
Malik purchased the Citra, Columbus, Falconer’s Flight, and Chinook hops used in this recipe at a local brewery. If you prefer to have items shipped to your door, you can find a wide selection of hops granules on Amazon.
Posted on March 9, 2023