Hot summer days require one of two things dependant on your preferences – a delicious ice cream or an ice cold beer or cocktail.
Which would you choose?
Well, thanks to a bizarre new creation you can now combine the two…
Now, we know that there are already some iced treats which taste like our favourite tipples (am I the only one who loves Rum & Raisin?), but they’re almost always non alcoholic.
And, there’s a scientific reason for that.
The freezing point of alcohol is much lower compared to the other ingredients meaning that to freeze booze would mean sacrificing the texture of the ice cream.
But, not anymore.
The Below Zero’ machine will turn any beverage into ice cream in under 30 minutes.
And, the Alcohol By Volume percentage remains exactly the same thanks to the cool crystallising technology.
The technique was developed with WDS Dessert Stations in the USA.
Firstly, the drink is de-carbonated to remove the carbon dioxide.
Then it’s mixed with a gel, added to the machine and extruded as delicious ice cream!
Inventor and owner of Below Zero, Will Rogers, said: “The way it truly works we like to say the gel bear hugs the alcohol itself and turns it into ice cream.
“With alcohol, the freezing point is what we’ve created, there’s never been a freezing point because it’s never been able to be consumed at that freezing point.
“In the beginning days we used liquid nitrogen to make Below Zero but now with the new machines you put it out in a cone and it’s ready to eat.”
Basically, the Nitrogen Ingredient Additive gel lets the alcohol freeze inside the machine while adding sugar.
The method is FDA-approved and pasteurised.
And, even though it makes ice-cream it’s more likely to be classified as a sorbet as it contains no dairy.
The machine will set you back a hefty £4,300, but can be bought by bars so customers can pick a drink… and eat it!
Inventor Will said: “If it's six ounces on a cone versus six ounces in a glass it is identically the same – it does not change the alcohol at all.
“If you’re running a Jack Daniels and coke it’s the same as Jack Daniels and coke in a cone.”
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From Malibu and pineapple to beer you can turn anything into an ice cream.
Will noted: “Vodka and lemonade cone is my personal favourite, on a hot day that’s like having an Italian ice cream.
“A Below Zero cone is a dessert, so anything with fruit flavours – when you go in a restaurant and you want to order a dessert that’s what you put in the machine.
“We’ve run the Bud Lime through the machine but your traditional Budweiser or Stella – I’d say sit back and have that on ice!”
The machines are not yet available in the UK, but here’s hoping they arrive soon!
The NHS recommends drinking no more than 14 units a week. If you are struggling with your alcohol intake reach out to your GP for support or visit drinkaware.co.uk for information and resources.
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