The Cherry Garcia

Liquorfied Ice Cream = What My Childhood Was Missing

For those of you who don’t know me well or a little or at all, I love alcohol.  I love alcohol.  I want to have a sex change operation or pray to the goddess Aphrodite to give me ovaries so I can have alcohol’s children.

Or pray to Odin to turn alcohol into a woman that can bear my children. I go back and forth on the matter.

During my senior year in college while I was trying to deal with a surplus of rum that I happened to have at the time, I discovered that rum mixed with cherry coca-cola tasted a lot like my favorite flavor of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Cherry Garcia.  It was my first experience in liquor tasting like other foods (e.g. Flaming Dr. Pepper, Irish Car-Bomb).  It also marked the beginning of The Era of Blackouts, a period of time I know I would feel ashamed about if I could only remember it.  Since that day I have continued to work on the formula and I have recently perfected it!

The Cherry Garcia

– Cherry Rum
– Cream Soda
– Bing Cherries (2)
– Chocolate Fudge Shell Syrup

  • Chill a tumbler in the freezer.  At the same time, cut a wedge out of two cherries, place them in a shot glass full of the cherry rum and also place in freezer.  (I left the stems on the cherries because it made the photo more interesting but I would suggest you take those out.)
  • Pour chocolate fudge shell syrup (look here if you want to make it yourself) into a small saucer.
  • When tumbler is thoroughly chilled, place it upside-down in the saucer so the rim is covered in hardened chocolate.  Replace in freezer.  Repeat this four or five time, or until the rim is covered with a healthy layer of chocolate.
  • When the rim is finished, put some ice in the tumbler.
  • Pour in the shot glass full of cherry rum and cherries and then fill the rest of the glass with cream soda.
  • Serve immediately, as the chocolate rim won’t stay firm forever.  If you’re not going to start drinking the moment it’s done, put back in the freezer.

What you end up with is a cocktail that tastes exactly like Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia.  Creamy, cold, a hint of cherry and a taste of chocolate with every sip!  And save the cherries until the very end, you’ll thank me.


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