one of my favorite entertaining/party planning blogs is everyday celebrating, which I especially love because it’s written by a fabulous fellow southerner. i see something at least once a week that i bookmark for future use + this post on margarita ice cream made by wendy of the weekend gourmet was no exception. the day after reading it, i gathered up the ingredients + got down to business.
wow! this recipe is easy to make + the results are impressive. the texture is pleasantly somewhere between sorbet + ice cream – it’s not quite as creamy/smooth as ice cream, but isn’t as icy as sorbet. the flavor is light, tangy + fresh.
a few tips – bring the limes to room temperature or throw them in the microwave for a few seconds before squeezing, as that will maximize the amount of juice you get out of them. i used 4 limes to get a 1/2 cup of juice. also, note that you do not need an ice cream maker for this recipe – you simply whip it to the correct texture, then freeze it overnight. mine was perfectly frozen when i checked after about 12 hours.
presentation-wise, i served this two different ways – in a chilled salt-rimmed martini glass with a lime garnish + in a shallow tapas plate with lime slices + zest. if you try this ice cream, i’d love to hear how you presented it + what you served alongside it!
margarita ice cream
makes about six servings. adapted from nigella express
1/2 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons tequila
3 tablespoons orange liqueur (i used grand marnier)
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
2 cups heavy cream
pour the lime juice, tequila + orange liqueur into a bowl + stir in the sugar to dissolve.
add the cream + softly whip until thick + smooth but not stiff. this will take about 5-8 minutes by hand.
spoon into an airtight container to freeze overnight. this ice cream does not need ripening (softening before serving), as it will not freeze too hard + melts speedily + voluptuously.