Who doesn't love ice cream? Not only does ice cream make for a great dessert on its own, it can be the basis for quality drinks, as well—with or without the addition of spirits. There are several local establishments that are using ice cream in their libations, with predictably delicious results. Here are a few that are taking this idea to inspired heights.
The Fountain on Locust
This Art Deco gem in Midtown has long been on the forefront of making ice cream-based cocktails. Its Signature Ice Cream Martini menu is rife with all manner of boozy, frosty creations. Two of the most refreshing—not to mention colorful—are the traditional Grasshopper, made with green creme de menthe, creme de cocoa and vanilla ice cream; and the Orange Dreamsicle Martini, which combines vanilla vodka, triple sec, orange sherbert and vanilla ice cream for a sweet, creamy and citrus-forward flavor experience. Being able to enjoy them in the ‘most-photographed restaurant in St. Louis’ is just a bonus.
Taha'a Twisted Tiki
Just recently opened in The Grove, this beach bum bar has quickly become known for its list of tropically inspired cocktail concoctions, featuring plenty of rum-based drinks. But the folks here also have delved into dessert drinks with great results. The newest creations on the Taha'a drinks menu are: the Hibiscus and Mango Float, with hibiscus syrup, sugar, water, cream, milk, eggs and mango; and the Lime and Coconut Float, made with lime, lemon, sugar, vanilla, coconut and coconut milk, plus cream and eggs. Both are perfect coolers for summertime sipping on the Taha'a patio. Spirits fans need not worry, as we're told rum can be added upon request!
On the other end of The Grove, Layla recently introduced four new spirited shakes to its drinks list, all featuring locally made ice cream. Alexander The Great, a bit of a riff on the venerable Brandy Alexander, incorporates pistachio ice cream that's accented with brandy and pomegranate liqueur; the Boozy Shake #1 melds together vanilla ice cream, Larceny bourbon, Gran Marnier and a house-made date syrup; the Island In The Grove starts with a base of coconut ice cream then adds Goslings Black Seal rum, pineapple and lime juice for a cool taste of the tropics; while The Remedy, another vanilla ice cream libation, highlights the chocolate flavor of creme de cacao, as well as orange curacao and that infamous amaro Fernet Branca.