Rosemary-Lime Sparkle Ice Cream

Best Lick! 2008 Ice Cream Contest Entry #8

Original Ice Cream Flavor: Rosemary-Lime Sparkle Ice Cream

Ice Cream Chef: Marilyn

What inspired this recipe? There's a little drive-in near where I grew up that serves something called a "lime freeze." It's sort of like a float, but blended up like a milkshake. It's heavenly!! I think that blend of cool lime with fizzy soda is the perfect flavor for summer. I was trying to capture the sparkly, fizzy, almost spicy, burst of flavor you get on your tongue with a tangy citrus/soda combination, and I found that adding the fresh rosemary brings out that sparkle even more!

Tastetester comments and full recipe after the jump. Take a look, then vote here!

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Tastetester Comments: "Mmmm, it's so fizzy and tingle-y!" (my 3 year-old son)

Rosemary-Lime Sparkle Ice Cream
makes about one quart

7-10 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 cup sugar
1 cup milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 cups club soda

Strip rosemary leaves from stems and place in small mixing bowl. Add the sugar, milk, and cream; stir to combine. Put bowl in refrigerator and allow flavors to blend for 30 minutes.

Pour rosemary-cream mixture into a blender; blend till smooth. (The rosemary leaves should just be fine green flecks in the cream mixture.) Add lime juice and club soda. Stir well.

Process in ice-cream maker according to manufacturer's instructions. Serve immediately, or place in freezer to ripen for a few hours longer. Garnish with sprigs of fresh rosemary.

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Contest Information

Go here for the full scoop on the Best Lick! 2008 contest, including prizes, rules, and entry form. Submission closes the evening of August 18th. Get your ice cream maker going!

The Best Lick! Ice Cream Contest: 2008 Edition

The Entries So Far

Here's a list of all the entries so far. Click the thumbnail to go to the entry.

Roasted Apricot Ice Cream with Almond Praline Ripple
Chocolate Gelato with Salted Caramel Pecans
Coconut Peach Ice Cream with Toasted Almonds
Cinnamon Raisin Bagel Ice Cream
Blueberry Brie Tart Ice Cream
Grape Ice Cream
Basil Infused Ginger and Cinnamon Ice Cream
Rosemary-Lime Sparkle Ice Cream

(Images: Marilyn)