DIY Alcoholic Dippin’ Dots: A Little Danger, A Lotta Booze

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As we here at Foodbeast have iterated over, and over, and over again, there are few things greater on this earth than the combination of alcohol and sugar. It goes with cupcakes, candy, coffee, and, most recently, ice cream.

But this is Foodbeast. We’re progressive. We use the Internet. When plain old scrape-it-from-the-carton ice cream isn’t doing it for us, we turn to Dippin’ Dots. And then we add booze, because reasons.

This recipe comes to us from the brilliant folks at Gizmodo and D.C. beverage manager, Brennan Adams. In essence, it’s a boozy, made-from-scratch ice cream concoction flash frozen with a little liquid nitrogen (which, as Gizmodo warns, is action-movie-level dangerous, so be careful. No drinking on the job, folks) to make the tiny dots we know and love. Apparently, Adams was prepared to call his clever creation Drinkin’ Dots, but Dippin’ Dots killed our collective buzz and said no, so now they’re Cryo-Spheres, which is way cooler, anyway, no pun intended.

Gizmodo has the full recipe, instructions, and all the science-y stuff that goes along with it, in case someone forces you to justify your actions (as well as where to find liquid nitrogen, if you’re in the market), but here are the basics:

  • Ingredients
    • 2 cups sweet vermouth
    • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
    • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
    • 3/4 cups sugar
    • 2 teaspoons Angostura bitters
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 1/2 packet (1/2 tablespoon) gelatin
    • 1/3 cup cold water
    • 1/2 cup cold (refrigerated) rye whiskey
    • maraschino cherries, for garnish
  • Prep Directions
    • Liquid nitro into a wide-mouth container
    • Ice cream + booze mixture (softened) into a condiment container
    • Ice cream + booze mixture into the nitro

Just don’t eat your creation right away. Look how pretty they are! Remember the scene in A Christmas Story where the kid licks the metal pole and all hell breaks loose? This is like that, but you’d be ramming that pole down your throat and into your stomach. You just made your own boozy Dippin’ Dots. You can wait a second to enjoy them.

You’ve been warned.

H/T + PicThx Gizmodo


Ancient Isn’t Always Better: How Old is Too Old for Bottled Spirits?


Expensive alcoholic beverages are supposed to be one of the few things (like George Clooney or The Doctor ) that actually improve with age, but it turns out that even the finest spirits might have an expiration date. Hint: ancient isn’t always better, and that bottle of bourbon your dad waited two decades to drink with you on your twenty-first birthday might have gone south by the time you got your driver’s license.

According to Hillrock Estate Distillery’s master distiller Dave Pickerell, the ideal taste window for rye is at about nine to eleven years, bourbon is best after six to ten years, and scotch usually hits the sweet spot around twenty years. After that, all three spirits can go downhill in terms of flavor.

These aren’t hard and fast rules, of course (Pickerell points to Pappy Van Winkle as a delicious twenty-year-old bourbon) but for the average consumer it would be good to keep in mind that, in Pickerell’s opinion, “sometimes older is better — but sometimes it’s just older.” If you’re looking to buy a bottle of truly ancient alcohol but don’t want to worry about having missed the ideal flavor window, just pick up something that’s 80-proof. If it’s been stored in a cool and dry environment for the past few decades, it’ll keep pretty much indefinitely. Happy drinking!

H/T + PicThx


100 Years Later, Jack Daniel’s Releases ‘White Whiskey’


Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye Whiskey is the first of it’s kind to emerge from the Tennessee distillery in over 100 years. The clear liquor is a distinct new take on its signature gold-toned color and makes for a striking visual.

Although, the company is wary of branching too far off from their original image. “Jack Daniel’s has a unique quality where we are similar to a bourbon but not quite. One thing we have to consider if we do a rye is that we become like everybody else and we are enjoying having this spot over here by ourselves. You don’t want to go and mimic the number two seller when you’re the first,” Jack Daniel’s master distiller Jeff Arnett explained to The Spirits Business.

Uncrate describes the rye whiskey blanc as bearing a “a sweet and fruity smell, plenty of rye bite, and a crisp, dry finish.”

Jack Daniel’s Unaged Rye Whiskey will be released in Tennessee, US in December at a suggested retail price of $49.99 per 750ml bottle.

Imagine if Felix the Cat had gotten his hands on this moonshine.

via the spirits business/ uncrate


Ultimate Patty Melt

This melt starts off with tablespoons of butter…Yeah, that’s a good start! It is followed up with two slices of rye,  American cheese,  Swiss cheese, ground chuck, and onions. I need to make one of these now! (Thx SE)


    Pancake Pastrami on Rye

    Everything about this sandwich screams pancakes! Everything from the olive on the toothpick to the pastrami to the rye is all made out of pancake batter! Thats a real breakfast sandwich! (Thx IW)