|Adult Ice Cream Social @ GLD|
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By Jared Schritz
Purple Door Ice Cream debuted its new Rehorst Gin & Tonic ice cream Thursday night at the second annual Adult Ice Cream Social hosted by Great Lakes Distillery. It was a quintessential July summer evening in Milwaukee: clear skies and a cool breeze rolling in off the lake provided perfect weather for a packed patio and open doors to the bar. Groups of friends casually wandered up from the street throughout the night and found a spot at the bar. Some took a table on the patio. Others found places out on the grass together, soaking up the day’s waning sunlight. Most of us though made our way from group to group, running into old friends and making new ones.
Yeah, I can set the scene as nicely as I want, but really, we all came here for the booze-infused ice creams, right? For this event, Purple Door added Rehorst gin to their Juniper Berry & Lime ice cream, essentially making a Gin & Tonic. Honestly, I imagined this would be a great pairing before I even tried it. I mean, what could be better than a Rehorst Gin & Tonic on a city summer night? Well ... maybe a little thing called ICE CREAM! And, nope, I wasn’t disappointed. The fresh juniper and citrus really brightened up the locally crafted rich, frozen cream. The more I ate it, the more I liked it. Truly a perfect summer’s night treat.
Purple Door didn’t forget to also bring the fan favorite—KK Whiskey Ice Cream. Here, they take their same great ice cream and infuse it with Great Lakes Distillery Kinnickinnic Whiskey. The whiskey’s hint of candied orange and cinnamon notes join so well with the ice cream, I feel like I’ve been eating it my whole life.
Five dollars got you two scoops of the ice cream and dangerously free access to whatever you wanted to throw on from the toppings table. I got a scoop of each. It was fun to watch adults turned back into kid chemists, making crazy concoctions of whatever combination the mind could come up with. In addition to the usual fare of peanuts and fudge, a spread of alcohol-spiked sundae toppings like gimlet syrup and absinthe whipped cream were available for cocktail-inspired sundaes. Alcoholic ice cream floats were also a popular option and were received with smiling faces. Personally, I was content with my ice cream straight up. I roll old school. Brian made his Sazerac Sundae, which is the KK Whiskey Ice cream topped with both the absinthe and Peychaud's whipped creams, with a little more Peychaud's dashed on top for good measure.
I don’t know what it is about ice cream that instantly and so easily turns strangers into friends, but I think that “the scientists” need to look into it. Maybe it’s like when you were a kid—all you needed in common with a friend was that you both liked ice cream. In fact, I think that when we finally meet aliens for the first time, our safest course of action just might be to leave the diplomats at home and offer them a bowl of Gin & Tonic ice cream. Instant friends, I bet.
I suppose they don’t call it an ice cream social for nothing. Everyone seemed to wander around with their treats, enjoying the company of their neighbors. Games of bocce ball and pin-the-cherry-on-the-sundae had their players and cheerers. Raffle prizes were won, alas, not by me. Lastly, I will neither confirm, nor deny, that the mood spread into a late-night game of ghost-in-the-graveyard down the neighborhood. Making friends is fun.