Orange Ice Cream with Pistachios and Cinnamon Tequila Cherries

orange cinnamon pistachio tequila cherry ice cream recipe

Fun Fact: I had made the Cherry Tequila Sunrise as an afterthought.  I originally soaked the cherries to make this ice cream.  When you’re not looking or paying attention and you just let go and go with life’s flow.  That’s when good things happen.  Life is like that.  Unless you’re driving.  I’ve let myself go and wandered while driving and almost took out a guardrail.  A dog.  Some bushes.  Other cars. People. 

I’m a horrible driver.  I’ll be the first to admit it.

“When I die, I want to go peacefully like my grandfather did – in his sleep.  Not yelling and screaming like his passengers.” – Bob Monkhouse

Are you horrible driver?  I feel that people who are horrible drivers refuse to admit it.  I was getting ice cream with a friend and as we we were leaving I happen to go up over the curb and through some grass.  Slamming my car down as I came off the curb.  I didn’t do any damage, surprisingly, because it made one hell of a crashing sound when it came off the curb.

When I’m at a fast food spot or a bank drive thru, it takes all my concentration. Have you seen how tight a spot some of those drive thru’s are?  They make me nervous.  I’m just waiting to hear my car make a scraping sound against something.

I may be a horrible driver but I’m not an asshole driver.  I want to clarify that.  I don’t cruise along in the fast lane.  I don’t block entrances.  I don’t drive in the left lane when I know the left lane is closed ahead and then get to the front of the line and expect the right lane to let me in.  I’m courteous.  I’m thoughtful.

Let me run through this recipe before it’s time for my nap.

Yes, I have my cherries soaking in a Cinnamon Tequila Syrup.  You can find the recipe here, of course.  If you’re not a Tequila drinker just soak them in cinnamon syrup.  Cinnamon and cherry is a great combo.  If you’re not a pistachio person or an orange person.  Then why the hell are you reading this recipe?  You cruise in the passing lane don’t you?

For all that’s in this ice cream the flavors are subtle and come together well.  The flavor composition of this ice cream is equal enough that it’s a good sit down in front of the TV with a huge bowl and catch up on your TV shows.  It’s also packed full of enough flavor for after a fantastic dinner with friends.  They’ll think you bought it.  You’ll think you need to find new friends.

“Challenges are what makes life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine 


Orange Ice Cream 


115g        yolks
130g        sugar
200g        milk
473g        heavy cream
20g          honey
zest of 1 orange

-combine yolks and honey.  Set aside.
-combine sugar, milk, cream and zest in sauce pan.  Bring to boil.
-slowly tempering the hot milk mixture into the yolks.  Slowly adding the milk
mixture so the eggs don’t cook and scramble the eggs.
-once all combined, return the mix back to the pot and cook on a low heat stirring constantly.
-Cook to 180 degrees.  The mixture should thicken and coat a spoon.
-strain and refrigerate overnight.

The next day – spin your ice cream according to the specifications on you ice cream maker.  It should look like soft serve ice cream.  When incorporating your pistachios and cherries, use your judgement.  I personally did 140g chopped pistachios and 1 cups worth of cherries.

You obviously could more or less of whichever you prefer.  I went a little heavy on pistachios because I like crunch in my ice cream.

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