Bourbon French Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

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Bourbon French Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

Grown-ups need ice cream, too, and this boozy vanilla ice cream is the perfect dessert to bring your next dinner party to a close. It will definitely be the most popular food at your event.

What’s The Difference Between French Vanilla And Regular Vanilla Ice Cream?

Typically, vanilla beans are named after the regions they are cultivated in. However, France does not produce vanilla beans. The term French vanilla alludes to the fact that the ice cream base is made with egg yolks. Egg yolks are responsible for French vanilla’s pale yellowish color and its signature smooth and creamy consistency.

On the other hand, regular vanilla ice cream is not made with egg yolks.

Often referred to as Philadelphia-style ice cream, regular ice cream has a pale white color.

How Can I Add Flavor To Vanilla Ice Cream?

While vanilla is the best flavor of ice cream on the planet, you need a little variety in your life. From berries to coffee to peanut butter, add your favorite toppings during the last few minutes of churning time, and you’re all set.

Best of all, you can even add the topping after the ice cream has been frozen. Simply remove the vanilla ice cream from the freezer and allow it to sit on the counter for 5-10 minutes. Place the French vanilla ice cream into a stand mixer, add your toppings, and beat it until incorporated.

Bourbon French Vanilla Ice Cream?

Yes, Bourbon French vanilla ice cream! The bourbon adds a sweet caramel-like flavor to this ice cream.

Though there is a myth that alcohol will make your ice cream icy, this myth is untrue.

Alcohol has a low freezing point. This characteristic gives you a softer, more scoopable ice cream. It is one of the best ways to improve ice cream or sorbet recipes that never seem to produce the right consistency.

However, if you add too much alcohol, your ice cream will be less than desirable. Not only will it have a strong unpleasant aroma, but it will never freeze. The perfect amount of alcohol to add to your ice cream or sorbet base is about 3-4 tablespoons.

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Bourbon French Vanilla Ice Cream Recipe

This bourbon French vanilla ice cream is extremely delicious, easy to make, and ready to be devoured by all!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 8
Calories 234 kcal


  • Ice cream machine
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Measuring spoon 
  • Heavy-bottom saucepan
  • Airtight freezer-safe container


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • cups whole milk
  • ¾ cup golden caster sugar
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3 tbsp bourbon


  • Place the heavy cream, whole milk, and vanilla bean into a saucepot over and set it over medium-high heat and cook the cream mixture for 4-5 minutes until gently heated.  
  • Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a bowl until pale yellow in color. 
  • Take the vanilla bean out of the cream mixture and set it aside. Add a ladle full of the cream mixture to the egg yolks and whisk to combine. 
  • Gradually pour the remaining cream milkmixture into the egg yolks until combined. 
  • Return the vanilla ice cream base to the pot, place it on the stove and cook for 5-8 minutes, constantly stirring until it thickens slightly. 
  • Remove the ice cream base from the stove and pour it into a fine-mesh strainer set over a bowl. 
  • Cut the vanilla bean in half using a knife andremove the seeds out of it; stir the vanilla bean seeds into the ice cream baseand allow it to cool completely. 
  • Stir the bourbon into the French vanilla ice cream base, cover it with plastic wrap pressing it directly on the surface of the ice cream base and refrigerate it overnight. 
  • Churn the bourbon French vanilla ice cream in an ice cream machine, according to the manufacturers.   
  • Transfer the bourbon French vanilla ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze it for 4-6 hours before scooping. 


  • Omit the bourbon if you do not consume alcohol or if children will be consuming the ice cream.
  • If you do not like bourbon, you can substitute the bourbon with your favorite wine, spirit, or even beer.


Serving: 107gCalories: 234kcalCarbohydrates: 16.67gProtein: 4.34gFat: 16.46gSaturated Fat: 9.11gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.123gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.3gCholesterol: 207mgSodium: 40mgPotassium: 97mgSugar: 15.97gVitamin A: 728IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 88mgIron: 0.46mg
Keyword Bourbon French Vanilla Ice Cream, French Vanilla Ice Cream, Vanilla Ice Cream
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