New, premium ice cream shops are popping up all over Tampa Bay. And alcohol-infused ice creams add a little kick to each lick with the help of fine wines and premium spirits that create an enticing blend of bourbon and Belgium chocolate ice cream or a refreshing champagne-enhanced sorbet. Alcohol adds to the taste but also alters the freezing point, enabling the confection to maintain a smooth, creamy texture.
Among the local purveyors of alcohol-enhanced ice creams are the following:
AUBI & RAMSA: The South Tampa store looks more like a swanky bar than a retail outlet for sophisticated ice cream selections made with super premium to small batch spirits and sparkling wines. Its Scotch & Decadence ice cream includes a single-malt whiskey, chocolate ice cream, pecan pieces, and a swirl of dulce de leche to top it off. Catering to a 21 and older crowd, its locations include Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas and Hard Rock Hotels in Hollywood, FL, and Tampa.
Beans & Barlour is a locally owned and operated craft coffee bar and dessert lounge based in downtown St. Petersburg. Its booze-infused ice creams come in pints, cakes, and ice cream sandwiches. A new vendor at Tropicana Field this season, Tampa Bay Rays fans can indulge in Beans & Barlour beverages like the caramel and peanut butter milkshake rimmed with Cracker Jack, made with or without whiskey.
Buzzed Bull Creamery, a franchise with its sights set on Tampa, uses liquid nitrogen to create its brand of boozy ice cream. Ordering at Buzzed Bull may be a bit overwhelming, considering there are 32 flavors, 20 mix-ins, and a lineup of more than 30 liquors. Alcohol is optional. The espresso bar specialties are crafted from a steamed ice cream base.
Hard Rock Tampa, 5223 Orient Rd, Tampa
442 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa
538 1st Ave N, St. Petersburg
5220 S. Bridge St., Tampa (Westshore Marina District)