Is there anything more American than ice cream? You might think we here in the States invented it, but historians tell us the Chinese can take credit for that. Their mix of ice and flavors eventually spread to Europe; Italians added cream and there you have it. By 1821, according to John Ayto, in his “A to Z of Food and Drink,” the term ice cream gardens appeared in 1821.
In 1904, ice cream took another step toward modernity when Charles Minches of St. Louis, MO, and we don’t know where he got the vision, but Mr. Minches added two scoops of ice cream to a cone, creating one of the most popular summer time treats in the U.S.
The chilly dessert continues to evolve; flavors from green tea to pop corn to Clambake Ice Cream, an innovation from Adam Radzevich, of Precinct Kitchen + Bar in at Loews Boston Hotel, and featured in the Boston Herald, are appearing on menus throughout the country.
Since July is Ice Cream Month, we ventured onto the Internet to find some alternative ice cream flavors, and we did. The most intriguing blend we found was a red wine ice cream. The recipe comes from Food & Wine. F&W suggests a sweet red, but our Riondo fans who taste-tested the ice cream say, hands-down, the best choice is not a sweet red, but a big, bold flavorful Riondo 1919 Malbec.
Wine ice cream – the flavor of cool.