This retro cocktail is made with vanilla ice cream, Crème de Cacao and Crème de Almond, garnished with a Maraschino cherry and whipped cream, for the cocktail that drinks like dessert!
It seems these days, that everything old is new again. Call it “vintage” and it’s worth ten times more than it was when it was brand new. I love the people who have the knack for incorporating retro and antique furniture into their modern day homes. Me? I don’t have that gene.
It’s no secret that I love to shop. Retail therapy is a real thing people. But if you want to loose my attention span real quick? Take me into an antique store. My friend, Candi, comes to visit every so often and she always stops at a gazillion antique stores between here and Norman, OK. If she comes in the summer we always go downtown in Omaha to the Old Market. There are some thrift stores she loves to go through, and of course, Hollywood Candy. Hollywood Candy is my kind of thrift store. Old movie reels, posters, board games and even a mock Drive Inn … and of course all of the candy you can remember from being a kid. But once we leave there and head anywhere near furniture .. “I’m out.”
I do love old music though, and will listen to just about anything. The Rat Pack stuff, for sure tops the list. One of my most favorite movies of all times is “Same Time Next Year.” Have you watched it? It’s a great movie with Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. They meet by chance and do so every year in the same place at the same time. The movie spans a couple of decades, and is truly a terrific one to watch. How about the series “Mad Men?” I was so sad when that was over. Don & Betty Draper — they pretty much always had a drink in their hand, didn’t they? Those old classic cocktails. Manhattans in the office, Dirty Martinis at lunch.
I think if I had to pick my favorite cocktail, it would most likely be a Dirty Martini. Although, in the summertime, you can’t beat an old fashioned Vodka Gimlet. There used to be a steakhouse here in Omaha, called The Venice Inn. Georgia, was a bartender there for many, many, many years. She made the best vodka gimlet I’ve ever had. She tried to teach me, but they never taste the same. I wonder where Georgia is today?
Some other classics:
On Christmas Eve, when I was a kid, my parents used to make Grasshoppers. We have them here at home from time to time, but I have never blogged them. I remember one time them making Pink Squirrels. I figured Valentine’s Day was the perfect time to try them! Not that they aren’t good anytime — just you know, pink. They are truly a cocktail that drinks like dessert!
The Pink Squirrel was invented at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee, WI, and popular in the 1950’s, especially with women. I thought it was time we bring it back!
So, this year, when you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day — or anytime you have a nice dinner at home, end it with this delicious after dinner drink. You won’t regret it.
- 1 Ounce Crème de Almond (Crème de Noyaux)
- 1 Ounce White Crème de Cacao
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- Maraschino cherries and whipped cream for garnishing
- Blend until smooth, pour into glass, garnish with whipped cream and a cherry.