Get an extra kick from Bootleg Creamery’s alcohol-infused ice creams
Is there anything better than indulging with boozy ice cream when you’re out on the town? Yes—enjoying a tasty scoop at home. That’s the idea behind Denver’s Bootleg Creamery, a small-batch maker whose alcohol-infused creations are available by the pint at more than 60 liquor stores across the Front Range.
The concept was inspired, surprisingly enough, by a Christmas dinner. When owner Rohit Mukherjee and his girlfriend, Molly McClurg, had to come up with something to take to a party, they hit upon eggnog ice cream. “We have no culinary background, other than being weekend kitchen warriors,” Mukherjee says. “We just went to the store and got a home ice cream maker. The ice cream was a big hit, so we started brainstorming.” Mukherjee launched the company last year, using dairy products from a Longmont-based farm. We asked him for the, er, scoop, on the company.
A flavor for everyone
“We picked four different flavor profiles that would fit a variety of tastes. Piña Moo’lada, pineapple-coconut ice cream with rum, is fruit forward. We have Mudslide Moo’d, chocolate ice cream with vodka, coffee liqueur and brownie bits, for people who want chocolate, and a vanilla-based Maple Bourbon for those who don’t. And Irish Coffee is for people who love coffee. We’ve released three more flavors this summer: one that’s dairy-free, one that’s gluten-free and a summer flavor that’s something like a sorbet.”
“The alcohol by volume is 6.25 percent per pint, about the same as a high-proof porter beer. The alcohol creates a lower freezing point, so the ice cream is never rock hard; it’s the perfect consistency right out of the freezer. In fact, we provide a specialty freezer to most of the stores that sell our ice cream because the pints need to be a little colder than what a standard freezer can do.”
Beyond straight-from-the- tub
“There are endless ways to use the ice cream. You can make cocktails and adult milkshakes, top apple pie and pancakes with Maple Bourbon or add a scoop of Irish Coffee to a glass of Bailey’s or Kahlua.”
Alcohol-infused ice cream available at liquor stores across the Front Range.