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Vanilla Zest Sundae

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Ready to mix up something sweet and spirited? Let’s talk about the Vanilla Zest Sundae cocktail. This drink is designed to be a dessert in a glass, bringing a boozy twist to your favorite ice cream parlor classics. It’s perfect for those days when you can’t decide between an after-dinner drink or a dessert—why not enjoy both?

The Vanilla Zest Sundae is a playful concoction that blends classic spirits with the creamy luxury of vanilla ice cream. However, before we delve into the delicious final product, let’s walk through the preparation process.

First, we prepare the actual cocktail mixture in a shaker before blending it with ice cream. We start with lemon vodka, which adds a zesty kick. Its citrusy and vibrant notes cut through the sweetness, infusing the cocktail with a freshness that brightens the entire mix.

Next, we add whiskey—the backbone of this cocktail—providing depth and a hint of smokiness that complements the sweet and tart flavors. The subtle warmth of the whiskey balances the coolness of the ice cream perfectly. Initially, I was hesitant about adding whiskey, but after the first sip, I quickly realized it was an essential ingredient.

A splash of lemon juice and a spoonful of sugar are shaken to meld the sharp and sweet. This combination ensures that the Vanilla Zest Sundae is neither too sweet nor too tart; it’s just right, enhancing the body of the cocktail and adding a little extra sparkle.

Once these ingredients are shaken with ice, we’re ready to grab a pint of vanilla bean ice cream and a blender. Rich, creamy, and speckled with real vanilla beans, it transforms the cocktail from a simple mixed drink into a decadent dessert. Add a few scoops of vanilla ice cream into a blender, pour the prepared mixture over the scoops, and blend until smooth. When mixed with the lemon vodka and whiskey, it softens the alcohol’s edge and envelops each sip in velvety smoothness.

Blending these ingredients creates a cocktail that’s irresistibly smooth, with just enough boozy punch to remind you it’s still a grown-up treat. Served in a hurricane glass, it is as pleasing to look at as it is to sip.

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Step 1: Add all ingredients aside from the vanilla ice cream into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled.

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Step 2: In a blender, add in a few scoops of vanilla ice cream and pour the cocktail mixture over it. ⁠

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Step 3: Blend the ingredients together, pour the mixture into a hurricane glass, and garnish.

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The Vanilla Zest Sundae cocktail is your go-to when you’re in the mood for something that’s refreshing and indulgent. Whether you’re wrapping up a cozy dinner with friends or simply indulging in a sweet afternoon escape, this cocktail is sure to satisfy your cravings.

Vanilla Zest Sundae

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Instructions

  1. Step 1 – Add all ingredients aside from the vanilla ice cream into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until chilled.
  2. Step 2 – In a blender, add in a few scoops of vanilla ice cream and pour the cocktail mixture over it. ⁠
  3. Step 3 – Blend the ingredients together, pour the mixture into a hurricane glass and garnish.

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