Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

This strawberry cheesecake ice cream is rich and decadent, pairing zingy sweet fruit with creamy vanilla and graham cracker chunks!…

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This strawberry cheesecake ice cream is rich and decadent, pairing zingy sweet fruit with creamy vanilla and graham cracker chunks!

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

In the mood for a treat? Try this over-the-top dessert: Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream! This homemade ice cream is decadent and rich, featuring zingy-sweet fruit against a creamy vanilla base and soft graham cracker chunks. Take one bite and you’ll mumble “wow” before immediately poising your scoop for another. (At least, that’s what we did!) It takes a bit of effort to put together, but it’s worth it for this special indulgence. Our family went crazy over this one…and it’s hard to find a person who doesn’t!

Ingredients in strawberry cheesecake ice cream

This strawberry cheesecake ice cream recipe has several components and takes a bit of time to put together. But if you’re up for the challenge of making a showstopper of a dessert recipe, it’s absolutely worth it! This recipe uses our base cheesecake ice cream recipe, then swirls in a homemade strawberry sauce. You can also shortcut the recipe a bit by using purchased strawberry jam, which makes it more manageable. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Cream cheese
  • Cornstarch
  • Whole milk
  • Granulated sugar
  • Heavy cream
  • Kosher salt
  • Vanilla extract
  • Graham crackers
  • Strawberry sauce: strawberries, sugar, balsamic vinegar and cinnamon
Strawberry cheesecake ice cream

Homemade strawberry sauce and a shortcut

The best way to make this strawberry cheesecake ice cream? With homemade strawberry sauce! It has a pure, sweet tart flavor that’s not possible with any other store-bought shortcut. In particular, we love how the balsamic vinegar and cinnamon flavors accent the sweet berries. It takes a few minutes to prep and 10 minutes to simmer on the stove.

But we get it! Sometimes you don’t have the extra 15 minutes or want to clean up a sticky pan. (Noted!) So you can easily make this ice cream recipe with purchased strawberry jam. Try to find the best brand you can: a more expensive jam will most likely taste better than the cheapest jar on the shelf.

Strawberries

Required equipment: ice cream maker

Strawberry cheesecake ice cream requires an ice cream maker, so make sure to have one hand before you start! You’ll find this piece of equipment a great investment you can use to make sorbetssherbet and ice creams year round. There are two main types of ice cream makers to try:

  • Freezer bowl ice cream maker (inexpensive). This type of ice cream maker is the most economical choice. Here’s the 2 quart freezer bowl ice cream maker we use. It’s a little more expensive than some in the category, but it’s held up well over time. With this type of maker, make sure to freeze the base of the ice cream maker overnight before churning.
  • Automatic ice cream maker (expensive, but easy to use!). Do you make ice cream often? You might want to consider this automatic ice cream maker, which is larger and more expensive. It requires no pre-freezing of the base, so you can make ice cream any time you please.

How to make strawberry cheesecake ice cream (basic steps)

This strawberry cheesecake cream recipe is a classic ice cream: you’ll make a custard base, then churn in an ice cream maker, then add mix-ins and freeze it again in your freezer. It does take a bit of effort to put together, but it’s well worth it for an over-the-top treat! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Make the custard (5 minutes): Soften the cream cheese. Simmer the cornstarch, whole milk and sugar 4 to 5 minutes, taking care that it doesn’t boil. Then add in the heavy cream, more milk and vanilla. Pour it over the cream cheese and whisk to combine.
  • Cool the custard (1 hour): Cool down the custard before churning it. You can do this in a few ways. Our favorite is to transfer the mixture to a large metal or glass bowl and place the bowl in a smaller bowl of ice water for 1 hour.
  • Make the strawberry sauce (during the cool time): Make the homemade strawberry sauce. Place it in the refrigerator to chill.
  • Churn (25 minutes): Then churn the custard in the ice cream maker.
  • Add the graham crackers and strawberry sauce: Swirl the chopped graham crackers and strawberry sauce into the custard (if using).
  • Freeze or “ripen” for hard ice cream texture (at least 2 hours): Freeze the ice cream for 2 to 4 hours for a scoop-able, hard ice cream texture.
Strawberry cheesecake ice cream

Storage info

Some homemade ice cream recipes turn into a frozen block after storing for more than a day. But this strawberry cheesecake ice cream stays creamy over the storage time! (The secret? Cornstarch keeps it creamy over time.) The flavor is best right away, but you can store this ice cream for up to 2 weeks and it still tastes delicious.

After you store the ice cream in the freezer for several days, it will be very hard. Allow the pan to sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before scooping.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes (including chill time)
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quart

Description

This strawberry cheesecake ice cream is rich and decadent, pairing zingy sweet fruit with creamy vanilla and graham cracker chunks!


Ingredients

For the ice cream

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch 
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 whole graham crackers, chopped

For the strawberry sauce (or substitute 2/3 cup purchased strawberry jam)

  • 2 cups diced strawberries (¾ pound)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

Note: Make sure to freeze the base of your ice cream maker overnight before making this recipe.

  1. Soften the cream cheese by placing it on a plate and microwaving for 10 seconds per side. Place the cream cheese in a large metal bowl and cut into a few pieces.
  2. In a medium saucepan, slowly whisk the cornstarch into 1 cup whole milk, then whisk in the sugar. Apply medium heat and heat for 4 to 6 minutes, whisking frequently, until it just starts to bubble and the mixture thickens.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and pour it over the cream cheese. Whisk vigorously until it is fully smooth (it will start out chunky). Stir in the remaining ½ cup whole milk, heavy cream, salt and vanilla extract.
  4. Place the bowl with the custard in a smaller bowl of ice water for 1 hour, making sure not to splash any water into the ice cream. Alternatively, simply place the bowl in the refrigerator and wait for 3 to 4 hours or until the temperature drops to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Meanwhile, make the strawberry sauce (or make it ahead): Clean, hull and dice the strawberries. Add them to a medium saucepan with sugar, balsamic vinegar and cinnamon and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally while it bubbles gently. Cook about 9 to 10 minutes, until all the berries are cooked down. Immediately transfer to a medium bowl and place in the refrigerator to cool (we recommend first placing it in the freezer for about 10 minutes to speed up the cooling process.)
  6. Churn according to your ice cream maker instructions, about 25 minutes for soft serve consistency. Transfer half the ice cream to a loaf pan or freezer container, add a layer of chopped graham crackers and strawberry sauce, then top with the remaining half and more graham crackers and strawberry sauce. Insert a butter knife vertically into the pan and draw an S pattern through the ice cream a few times to distribute the graham crackers and fruit. Freeze in the freezer for at least 2 hours (or up to 4 hours). Store in a loaf pan with a parchment sheet over the top or a sealed container for up to 2 weeks. Allow the pan to sit at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before scooping.
  • Category: Ice Cream
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Strawberry cheesecake ice cream

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Pineapple Sorbet

Pineapple sorbet is full of pure fruity, tropical flavor! This refreshing frozen dessert recipe is simple to whip up at…

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Pineapple sorbet is full of pure fruity, tropical flavor! This refreshing frozen dessert recipe is simple to whip up at home.

Pineapple Sorbet

Got a fresh pineapple on hand? Here’s a fantastic way to use it: Pineapple Sorbet! This frozen treat is bursting with pure, tropical fruit flavor. It has the best frosty, creamy texture and it’s so irresistible, no one can turn it down! All you need are a handful of ingredients and an ice cream maker to whip up this frozen dessert. We promise, neighbors and friends will come flocking! This was a big hit in our house, and we hope it will be in yours.

Ingredients for pineapple sorbet

Pineapple sorbet is quick and simple with just a few ingredients! While we’ve experimented with frozen pineapple in a sorbet, the best flavor we’ve found it using fresh pineapple. You’ll also need a blender and an ice cream maker (more on that below). The ingredients for pineapple sorbet are:

  • Fresh pineapple
  • Lime juice
  • Sugar

All you need to do? Blend the pineapple, lime and sugar with ice, then freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker for about 20 minutes. It comes together into a beautiful, frosty puree. Looking for more with fresh pineapple? Browse these 20 Pineapple Recipes You’ll Love.

Pineapple Sorbet

How to cut a pineapple

The most challenging thing about working with a fresh pineapple? How to cut it! It’s notoriously difficult to wrangle this large fruit. Here’s a quick primer on how to feel and chop it into chunks quickly:

  • Cut off the top and bottom: Use a large chef’s knife to cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple.
  • Remove the skin: Remove the skin of the pineapple by slicing it off, following the shape of the pineapple. 
  • Slice into quarters and core: Slice the pineapple in half lengthwise. Lay down each pineapple half on the flat cut side, and cut it in half lengthwise again. Remove the core by cutting it out at an angle. 
  • Dice: Slice each quarter in half lengthwise, then turn it and slice in the other direction to create pineapple chunks.

Want to see it in action? Here’s a video showing How to Cut a Pineapple: it breaks down the method and is the easiest way to learn knife skills.

Ice cream maker tips

The main tool you need for sorbet is an ice cream maker. It’s a great investment, and you can use it to make sorbets and ice creams all year round. Here’s the 2 quart ice cream maker we use: we’ve had ours for years and it holds up well. We highly recommend getting one: it’s worth the storage space.

Pineapple Sorbet

Make ahead & storage for pineapple sorbet

Pineapple sorbet is best the day it’s made: so if you can, churn it right before serving! You can also freeze it a few hours for a more solid texture, but freezing overnight makes it very solid. Here are a few tricks to working with leftovers:

  • Make the puree up to 2 days in advance. You can refrigerate until you’re ready to churn.
  • Line a storage container with parchment paper. This helps so the sorbet doesn’t freeze to the edges of the container and makes it easier to defrost.
  • Churn the sorbet up to 2 hours in advance of serving. The texture will be nicely solid at this point and easy to scoop into balls.
  • Leftovers save 1 week, but defrost at room temp for 20 to 30 minutes. Make time to leave it out the container on the counter until it defrosts. Don’t expect it to be like store-bought sorbet, which stays softer in the freezer.

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This pineapple sorbet recipe is…

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Pineapple Sorbet


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 quart (4 cups or 8 servings)

Description

Pineapple sorbet is full of pure fruity, tropical flavor! This refreshing frozen dessert recipe is simple to whip up at home.


Ingredients

  • 6 cups (2 pounds) fresh pineapple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 pinch kosher salt

Instructions

Note: Make sure the base of the ice cream maker is frozen overnight before making this recipe.

  1. Peel and chop the pineapple.
  2. Place the pineapple in a food processor or high-powered blender and puree. Add the sugar, lime juice, ice and salt and puree until smooth. (To make ahead, you can refrigerate at this point until you want to churn, up to 2 days.)
  3. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze for 20 to 25 minutes. The texture will be frosty and creamy at this point. Serve immediately. Or, line a container with parchment paper and freeze up to 2 hours day of. Store in a parchment lined sealed container for up to 1 week; allow to come to room temperature for about 20 to 30 minutes before scooping.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Dessert
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Pineapple sorbet

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Homemade Lime Sherbet

Lime sherbet is zingy, citrusy and so refreshing! Make it at home and it’s exceedingly better than store-bought. Here’s an…

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Lime sherbet is zingy, citrusy and so refreshing! Make it at home and it’s exceedingly better than store-bought.

Lime Sherbet

Here’s an easy frozen dessert that will have citrus lovers shouting from the rooftops: homemade Lime Sherbet! Make it homemade with real limes and it’s transcendental: creamy and unbelievably zesty, with a pure flavor that easily trumps any store-bought variety. There’s something about real limes that can’t be beat. This nostalgic recipe is a fun summer treat: and it’s simple to make at home with an ice cream maker. Here’s how!

Try them all! Go for Rainbow Sherbet, Orange Sherbet or Raspberry Sherbet.

Ingredients in lime sherbet

What’s sherbet anyway? Sherbet is a frozen dessert made with fruit, sugar, and cream or milk that’s churned like ice cream. The dairy gives lime sherbet a creamier mouthfeel than lime sorbet, which has no dairy (and tastes icier). Sherbet is like a lighter spin on ice cream: sherbet has 1 to 2% milkfat, whereas ice cream has at least 10% milkfat. The ingredients for lime sherbet are simple; here’s what you’ll need:

  • Granulated sugar
  • Lime juice
  • Lime zest
  • Whole milk

Blend all ingredients in a blender (see quantities in the recipe below), then churn in an ice cream maker. Place in the freezer for 2 hours and it’s ready. It’s that simple!

Lime Sherbet

Food coloring is optional

One optional ingredient in lime sherbet? The food coloring. You may be an all natural style cook who likes to avoid food coloring. But if you want that electric verdant green of the lime sherbet you’ll find at the store or an ice cream shop, you’ll need just two drops of green food coloring. It will look too bright at first, but don’t worry: the color tones down after churning it.

Don’t want to use food coloring? The sherbet will look nearly white in color. You may want to see the lime zest in this case. If so, skip the blender and simply mix everything together in a pitcher or bowl and churn immediately.

Working with an ice cream maker

An ice cream maker is a great investment that you can use it to make sorbets, sherbet and ice creams all year round. It’s easy to use and very versatile. Here are a few tips for working with this tool:

  • Find a quality ice cream maker. Here’s the 2 quart ice cream maker we use. It’s very durable and has held up well over the years.
  • Freeze the base in advance. Make sure to freeze the base of the ice cream maker overnight before making this recipe (unless you have a fancy ice cream maker that doesn’t require this). If you forget, try freezing the base for at least 4 hours. Give it a shake and if you still hear liquid inside, it’s not fully frozen: freeze it for another hour or two until solid.
Lime Sherbet

Make ahead & storage for lime sherbet

Homemade sherbet tends to hold up well in the freezer, though it generally tastes best the day it is made. You’ll need about 30 minutes to make and churn it, then another 2 hours to freeze it in the freezer prior to serving. Here are some tips for make ahead and storage:

  • Line a storage container with parchment paper. This helps so the sherbet doesn’t freeze to the edges of the container and makes it easier to defrost.
  • Churn at least 2 hours in advance of serving (or you can eat right away with a soft texture). Placing in the freezer for 2 hours makes it have a scoopable texture. Of course, if you want to eat it right away after churning, that works too! It just has a very soft texture that melts quickly.
  • Leftovers save 1 week, but defrost at room temp for about 10 minutes. Make time to leave out the container on the counter for about 10 minutes until it defrosts enough to scoop. You can technically freeze for longer than 1 week, but the texture starts to become very icy over time.
Lime Sherbet

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This lime sherbet recipe is…

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Lime Sherbet


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 2 ½ cups (4 servings)

Description

Lime sherbet is zingy, citrusy and so refreshing! Make it at home and it’s exceedingly better than store-bought.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (7 to 8 large limes)*
  • ½ tablespoon lime zest
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 drops green food coloring (optional)

Instructions

Note: Make sure the base of the ice cream maker is frozen overnight before making this recipe.

  1. Place the lime juice, lime zest, sugar and ice in a blender and blend until sugar is dissolved. Stir in the whole milk and food coloring.
  2. Pour the mixture into an ice cream maker and churn for 20 to 25 minutes, until the texture becomes frosty and creamy. Line a container with parchment paper and add the sherbet. Place it in the freezer and freeze for 2 hours to allow it to come to a scoopable texture. Store in a parchment lined sealed container for up to 1 week; allow to come to room temperature for about 10 minutes before scooping.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Dessert
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Lime sherbet

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Easy Yogurt Bark

Yogurt bark is a fun and easy frozen snack! Load up frozen yogurt with granola, fruit and toppings of your…

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Yogurt bark is a fun and easy frozen snack! Load up frozen yogurt with granola, fruit and toppings of your choice.

Yogurt Bark

Here’s a fun and easy snack no one can turn down: Yogurt Bark! This play on chocolate bark uses frozen yogurt as the base. Mix Greek yogurt with a little honey and vanilla, then sprinkle with toppings of your choice: fruit, granola, chocolate chips, and nuts. Freeze it up and break it into pieces, and each bite is creamy and refreshing: perfect for kids and adults. Our son Larson adores this treat and honestly: I can’t resist it myself!

How to make yogurt bark: a few tips

What is frozen yogurt bark? It’s essentially chocolate bark that uses frozen yogurt as a base for “healthy” toppings like fruit, granola, and nuts. Mixing Greek yogurt with honey and vanilla gives it a subtly sweet flavor. Freeze it with toppings, and they give a pop of sweet, fruity brilliance that makes this treat hard to resist. Here’s the basic concept and a few tips:

  • Use a jelly roll pan (half sheet pan), size 10″ x 15″. This way you can spread the yogurt to fit the entire sheet pan. If you don’t have one, just use a baking sheet and spread to your desired thickness.
  • Mix Greek yogurt, honey and vanilla. If all you have is vanilla yogurt, you can use that too: just omit the sweetener and vanilla. You can also use plain yogurt.
  • Line the baking sheet with parchment paper or foil! This is key: otherwise the bark will freeze to the pan. Spread the yogurt onto the parchment paper in an even layer.
  • Top and freeze for 3 hours. This gets it good and frozen before digging in.
  • Break into pieces and serve! It does become melty after a few minutes, so eat it quickly.
Yogurt Bark

Frozen yogurt bark toppings

Frozen yogurt bark is fun because it works with just about any toppings you can imagine! Here’s what we chose (and why), and a few other ideas:

  • Sliced strawberries: You only need a few: slice them very thinly so they are easy to eat when frozen.
  • Granola: We used a purchased chocolate granola: use whatever you have on hand
  • Chopped pistachios: The fine dust of pistachios looks like all natural glitter!
  • Chocolate chips: Add a pop of richness with some mini chocolate chips
  • Crushed almonds or peanuts: Also add a nice flavor
  • Peanut butter: Drizzle a bit of peanut butter over the top for a creative twist
  • Other fruit: Blueberries are rather icy when frozen, so we tend to avoid them. Sliced bananas are great
  • Sprinkles: Why not?
Yogurt Bark

Storage info

Once the yogurt bark is frozen for 3 hours, you can cut or break it into pieces. Then store it in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks. After that, it becomes pretty icy and looks a little worn. Keep in mind it does melt immediately upon taking out of the freezer, so you’ll want to eat it fairy quickly (or encourage kids to do so).

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Yogurt Bark

Easy Yogurt Bark


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16

Description

Yogurt bark is a fun and easy frozen snack! Load up frozen yogurt with granola, fruit and toppings of your choice.


Ingredients

  • 3 cups plain full-fat Greek yogurt ⁣
  • ⅓ cup honey⁣ (or ½ cup for a sweeter bark)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 strawberries, thinly sliced
  • ¾ cup granola
  • 2 tablespoons pistachios, crushed
  • Other topping ideas: chocolate chips, peanut butter, crushed almonds or peanuts, sliced bananas, etc.

Instructions

  1. Line a jelly roll pan (aka half sheet pan, 10 x 15″)* with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together the yogurt, honey and vanilla extract. Pour it onto the sheet and spread into an even layer.
  3. Sprinkle the top with the thinly sliced strawberries, granola and crushed pistachios (or toppings of your choice).
  4. Freeze for 3 hours. Break or cut into pieces and serve. Store the pieces in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

*If you have a larger sheet pan, pour the yogurt to your desired thickness.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Snack
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Yogurt bark, frozen yogurt bark

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Frozen Mojito

This Frozen Mojito recipe might be even better than the classic drink! It’s minty, icy, and outrageously refreshing. When the…

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This Frozen Mojito recipe might be even better than the classic drink! It’s minty, icy, and outrageously refreshing.

Frozen Mojito

When the summer heat is is at sky high levels, here’s a drink that will cool you to your core: the Frozen Mojito! The Classic Mojito is one of our top greatest cocktails of all time, and we’ve made just about every fruity variation on the theme. But this frozen spin…well, it made our heads turn! It’s icy and outrageously refreshing: like someone amped up the dial on the mint volume. It immediately jumped to the top of our must-make frozen cocktails list. Here’s how to make it!

What’s in a Frozen Mojito?

This frozen mojito is an icy spin on the Mojito, a classic cocktail invented in Havana, Cuba. Some say the origins of this drink go all the way back to the 1500’s with an early combination of lime, sugar, and rum used as medicine. The modern version of got popular in the 1930’s, when writer Ernest Hemingway fell in love with the drink.

The Frozen Mojito uses all the same ingredients as a classic Mojito, except it substitutes ice for soda water. Instead of diluting the drink with bubbles, it turns it into a frozen slushie. Here’s what you’ll need for a Frozen Mojito:

Mint

How to make a Frozen Mojito

The best part about this Frozen Mojito? It requires no advanced planning whatsoever. You can make it on the spot! This is unique because many frozen cocktails need time to freeze over night, like with this Frozen Margarita or Frozen Sangria. But with the Mojito, you can whip one up right away. Here’s what to do:

  • Add ½ cup white rum, ¼ cup each lime juice and simple syrup, 1 handful mint leaves, and 2 cups ice to a blender.
  • Blend until smooth! Serve immediately garnished with a lime wedge.

The glasses to use

You can use many different shapes of glasses for serving a Frozen Mojito. Here we served it in a non-standard presentation with a stemmed cocktail glass, just for fun! A Mojito is often served in a low-ball or high-ball glass, so that works as well. Another option is a Hurricane glass, which is often used for tropical drinks.

Making Mojitos for a crowd

Want to increase the serving size? No problem! One of the great things about blender cocktails is that they’re easy to make multiple servings. Just make double the recipe for 4 servings, or quadruple it for 8. Use the 2x button in the recipe below for an easy way to double the ingredients.

Want to pair it with food? Try any of these 55 Summer Recipes to Try This Season or 15 Best Summer Dinner Ideas.

Frozen Mojito

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Frozen Mojito


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 drinks
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This Frozen Mojito recipe might be even better than the classic drink! It’s minty, icy, and outrageously refreshing.


Ingredients

  • 4 ounces (½ cup) white rum
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) lime juice, plus more wedges to garnish
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) simple syrup
  • 1 handful mint leaves (1012 leaves)
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into two glasses and garnish with lime wedges.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Frozen mojito, Frozen mojito recipe

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Bushwacker Drink

The Bushwacker drink is like a mashup of a chocolate milkshake and piña colada! This boozy frozen cocktail stars Kahlua…

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The Bushwacker drink is like a mashup of a chocolate milkshake and piña colada! This boozy frozen cocktail stars Kahlua and creme de cacao.

Bushwacker drink

Here’s a frozen cocktail that will blow your mind with its creamy, chocolaty flavor: the Bushwacker drink! This one is equal parts refreshing and rich…and man, are we glad it’s now part of our repertoire. Invented in the 1970’s, the Bushwacker is a mashup of a chocolate milkshake and piña colada. It’s lusciously smooth with notes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. It’s perfect for sipping poolside or as a dessert drink any time you’re dreaming of sun. Here’s how to make the best Bushwacker on the planet.

What’s a Bushwacker?

The Bushwacker is as frozen alcoholic drink made with Kahlua, rum, creme de cacao, and cream of coconut. It was invented in 1975 in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, and has since become very popular especially in Florida and beach resorts. How did it get its name? The story goes that bartender Angie Conigliaro and restaurant manager Tom Brokamp named it after a guest’s dog, an Afghan hound named Bushwack!

What’s in a Bushwacker? This frozen milkshake relies on classic cocktail ingredients blended to perfection…not ice cream as you might expect! Here’s what you’ll need for a classic Bushwacker drink:

  • Aged rum
  • Kahlua
  • Creme de cacao
  • Cream of coconut (not coconut cream! see below)
  • Milk
  • Ice

Let’s chat through the more unique ingredients, shall we?

Bushwacker drink

What’s creme de cacao?

Despite what you might think, creme de cacao is not creamy or made with dairy! This special liqueur is what makes a Grasshopper and a Chocolate Martini, and it’s one of the oldest liqueurs around. Here’s more about why to add it to your collection:

  • Creme de cacao is a chocolate liqueur, available in both white (clear) and dark varieties. It’s possibly one of the first alcoholic beverages, made in the 1600’s by monks after cocoa beans were brought back to Europe from America (source). The original Bushwacker had dark creme de cacao, but white is more commonly used so we white used it here.
  • What does creme de cacao taste like? White creme de cacao tastes like milk chocolate with notes of vanilla. Dark creme de cacao tastes richer with dark chocolate notes.
  • How much does creme de cacao cost? It costs between $10 to $20 for a 750 ml bottle.
  • Is it worth buying? Yes, if you like dessert drinks! Use it to make creme de cacao drinks like the Brandy AlexanderChocolate Martini, or Grasshopper.
Bushwacker

Make sure it’s cream of coconut (not coconut cream)

Another important ingredient in the Bushwacker drink: cream of coconut! If you read one thing in this article, note this: Buy cream of coconut, not coconut cream! What’s the difference? Here’s what to know: cream of coconut vs coconut cream:

  • Cream of coconut is a sweetened syrup for drinks! It’s made with coconut cream and lots of added sugar. Because it’s used in drinks, it’s sold in handy squeeze bottles. Cream of coconut is easy to find online or at your local liquor store. A popular brand is Coco Real.
  • Coconut cream is unsweetened: it’s very thick and has a strong coconut flavor. It’s typically sold in cans next to the coconut milk. Coconut cream is made from chilling coconut milk and then skimming off the layer of cream that floats to the top.

What if you accidentally buy coconut cream? You can still save your Bushwhacker drink! Use 1 ounce coconut cream and 1 ounce simple syrup in place of the 2 ounces cream of coconut.

More with cream of coconut? Try popular coconut cocktails like the Piña Colada, Painkiller, Coconut Martini or Bushwacker!

Use Kahlua or any coffee liqueur!

The last ingredient of note in the Bushwacker drink? Kahlua! Kahlua is a type of coffee liqueur: the most popular brand, in fact. But what actually is it?

  • Kahlua is a coffee liqueur that’s made in Mexico. It’s made with rum, sugar and coffee. Again, there’s no dairy in it! It’s naturally dark brown in color and tastes like sweetened coffee. Kahlua has caffeine, but it’s only about 25% as much as the same volume of coffee.
  • How much does Kahlua cost? It costs about $15 to $20 for a large 750 ml bottle.
  • Is it worth buying? Yes, there are lots of Kahlua drinks to use it in! Try it in a Mudslide, Espresso Martini, B-52, Kahlua Coffee, Mind Eraser, Colorado Bulldog, Black Russian or White Russian.
Bushwacker

How to make a Bushwacker drink: a few tips!

Once you’ve got your specialty liquors, mixing up the Bushwacker drink is a breeze! Here are a few things to note:

  • You can use any type of rum; we like aged best. Aged rum has the most delicious, nuanced flavor with notes of vanilla and oak. But you can use whatever rum you have on hand! White and dark work too.
  • Use any type of milk. Anything you have on hand works, from 2% to whole.
  • The drink tends to separate, which is normal. Just stir it up with your straw while drinking!

More sweet & frozen drinks

The Bushwacker is one in a family of sweet cocktails and frozen alcoholic drinks. Here are a few related drinks you might enjoy:

  • Painkiller It’s an even tastier, more sophisticated pina colada! It also uses cream of coconut.
  • Strawberry Daiquiri The best daiquiri is homemade, made from frozen strawberries!
  • Frozen Margarita The best tangy flavor! The frozen version of everyone’s favorite, the margarita.

When to serve a Bushwacker drink

The Bushwacker cocktail is creamy and refreshing! It’s great as a:

  • Summer drink
  • Poolside or lake house drink
  • Happy hour drink
  • Dinner party drink
  • Signature cocktail
  • Girls night drink

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Bushwacker drink

Classic Bushwacker


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 drinks
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

The Bushwacker drink is like a mashup of a chocolate milkshake and piña colada! This boozy frozen cocktail stars Kahlua and creme de cacao.


Ingredients

  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) aged rum (or white or dark)
  • 2 ounces Kahlua
  • 2 ounces creme de cacao (white or dark; we used white)
  • 2 ounces cream of coconut
  • 2 ounces 2% milk
  • 3 cups ice
  • For the garnish: Shaved chocolate or grated nutmeg, cocktail cherry (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Garnish with shaved chocolate or grated nutmeg, if desired. Add straws and serve. (You can stir with the straw when the drink starts to separate.)
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Bushwacker drink

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Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

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Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 to 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

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Instructions

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