I remember discovering craft beer. And then I realized I was a porter and stouts kind of gal. The darker and the thicker the brew, the better. And almost immediately after that, I recall thinking that the stout beer I was drinking would probably taste awesome in a cup of vanilla ice cream. I immediately did an internet search for is ice cream and beer a thing? Of course, as the internet will remind you, there is nothing new under the sun. And every idea has already been thought of… at least twice. Of course craft beer + ice cream or spirits + ice cream is a thing. Of course it is.
I found numerous recipes for alcohol and ice cream, whether its beer or spirits, there’s a recipe for that. And they all sound dee-lic-ous. I was over the moon when I found a few shops that actually served “grown-up shakes” or “spiked shakes” or “adult shakes” or ice cream flavors crafted with beer or liquor. And I was super excited to discover there was a new boozy ice cream shop (that’s what the media likes to call these places, and I gotta admit, it’s kinda catchy) quite close to our home office. And after visiting it, I had to add it to our list of the best boozy ice cream shops in the south.
Take a look for yourself.
1. Pints Fuquay-Varina, NC – This one is 10 minutes from our office. It’s a given that this is the unofficial craft beer ice cream shop of the Due South team. You can get beer or ice cream or you can go crazy and get an ice cream float (with beer).
Our favorite flavor: Mason Jar Stickbarn with brown sugar vanilla ice cream
2. Ice Cream Jubilee Washington DC – With a great view of the Anacostia River, this ice cream shop near the Navy Yard is one of the nicest places to hang out on a summer day in DC. Ice Cream Jubilee doesn’t specialize in boozy ice cream, but they usually have a few flavors available, and they are ah-may-zing.
Our favorite flavor: Banana Bourbon Caramel
3. The Hop Ice Cream & Cafe Asheville, NC – The Hop has lots of vegan and dairy-free options. Asheville is kind of the mecca of North Carolina’s craft brewery scene, and The Hop uses many of the wonderful local beers. But, their alcohol-laced ice cream is not always on the menu, so call ahead first.
4. Chuck’s Raleigh, NC – So, this place is not an ice cream shop, it’s a very good burger and milkshake shop created by James Beard-award winning chef, Ashley Christensen with several decadently-delicious adult shakes on the menu. You’ll probably want to eat dinner here, but save room for dessert.
Our favorite flavor: Salty Caramel w/ Bourbon
5. Ted’s Bulletin Washington, DC (Capital Hill Location) – With several locations in the DC and NoVa area, they easily have the largest selection of adult milkshakes. Make sure you’re hungry because their portions are huge. If you’re drinking a milkshake, you’re probably a kid at heart, so please your inner child and snag a homemade pop tart to go.
Our favorite flavor: Bananas Foster
6. Cin Cin Burger Bar Winston-Salem, NC – Coolest concept goes to Cin Cin for being a speakeasy. (Did we mention that we love speakeasies?) Solid menu with inspired desserts. Everything tastes good, so you’ll probably have to return.
Our favorite flavor: It’s a tie between Boozy Banana and Butter Beer. Don’t make us decide. (This is why you’ll need to come back.)
Do you love ice cream and beer, or ice cream and spirits as much as we do? What’s your favorite combo? Sound off below.