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Bourbon Basil Ice Cream Topping #TasteCreations

Our theme for August is all things cold...ice creams, slushies, sherbets, toppings and more!  I wanted to share with you an adult version of a cold dessert, and nothing tops ice cream as the dessert of choice.  Topped with this Bourbon Basil Ice Cream Topping, you have a dessert that carries you into the evening and cocktails on the patio!

What makes this special for now is how abundant basil is at the moment. I planted 4 basil plants this year and I have more basil than I know what to do with!  I tried something new, I planted my basil in the pot with the tomatoes and put it where it gets indirect sunshine. My basil loved it, and the tomatoes love it, too.

vanilla ice cream with bourbon basil sauce

The topping can be stored in the refrigerator but bring it to room temperature before you serve it.  Also, you can add a bit of cream if you choose.

Yield: 32

Bourbon Basil Ice Cream Topping

An adult version of an ice cream topping that is smooth and delicious.
prep time: 20 Mcook time: total time: 20 M


  • 1 c sugar
  • 5 large fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 c bourbon


How to cook Bourbon Basil Ice Cream Topping

  1. Bring to a boil the sugar and 1 cup water, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the whole basil leaves.
  3. Steep the basil leaves in the simple syrup for 20-40 minutes.
  4. Remove leaves and return the syrup to medium-high heat.
  5. Add the bourbon and boil until reduced by one-third.
  6. Remove from the heat and chill.
  7. Bring to room temperature before serving.
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Use as good of bourbon that you can afford. It makes a difference. Use good quality ice cream, too.
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Let's see what the other bloggers are up to this month:

Lauren from Mom Home Guide made Fresh Strawberry Sherbet

Rosemary from An Italian in My Kitchen made Fior di latte Gelato

Evelyn from Nemcsok Farms made Berry Blue Icee

Nikki from Tikkido made Cookie Dough Ice Cream Sandwiches

We are truly an international group of bloggers.  Nikki has moved to England, Evelyn is in Canada and Rosemary splits her time between Italy and Canada.  Lauren lives in and I live in Missouri. If you are interested in joining our team, email me at Terri@TerriSteffes.com

Next month we are going to sharing recipes using popcorn!  It is a first for our group, so come and see what we come up with!

Would you like to comment?

  1. What an amazing ice cream topping! What a fabulous way to turn a classic summer treat into a complex (tasting, not effort!), adult confection. I can't wait to try this recipe!

  2. Bourbon Basil ice cream topping ? Gosh! This sounds so good. I would love to try this.

  3. Oh wow what a unique and creative ice cream topping! I would have never thought to put it on ice cream but it sounds delicious!

  4. What a fabulous combination of flavors...I'd love to try this. Ice cream is a year round treat for me...definitely want to make this soon!

  5. Wow, that is so flavorful and looks really delicious. Ice cream is one my of my favorite dessert and I think it is not bad if I am going to add or make a delicious toppings like this.

  6. This topping sounds delicious! And it's something I would have never even thought of doing. I'll have to try this out soon!

  7. omg this ice cream!!! I wanna have it nowwwww please...I can't wait to make it, i love ice cream.

  8. Eileen M Loya2:57 AM

    Wow. A very delicious alternative to chocolate syrup! I will make this on the weekend. What a great way to enjoy ice cream and bourbon together.

  9. Oh how nice it is to come across this recipe. It was on my mind for some time to try to make ice-cream myself and now I will for sure do it.

  10. Oh wow what an interesting combination. I love basil, and drink a little bourbon from time to time, but would never think of combining the 2 together! I might just have to try this out :)


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