Ring in the New Year with homemade decadence! Our Champagne and Raspberry Ice Cream is a delicious treat to sweeten your celebrations and enjoy a Happy New Year!
As the clock ticks down to usher in a new year, what better way to celebrate than with a touch of luxury? Our Homemade Champagne and Raspberry Ice Cream is just the thing to elevate your New Year’s Eve festivities. Enjoy the sweet combination of bubbly champagne and luscious raspberries as you bid farewell to the old and welcome the new.
In this article, we’ll provide you with the perfect recipe to sweeten your celebrations and add a dash of decadence to your midnight toast.
You can scroll directly to our recipe and method at the bottom of the article, or read along to find out more about our Homemade Champagne and Raspberry Ice Cream and say Cheers to the New Year in style.
Pop, Fizz, Clink: The Elegance of Champagne in New Year’s Celebrations
As the clock strikes midnight, there’s one iconic sound that resonates worldwide – the popping of champagne corks! (also lots of fireworks, but you can’t drink or eat them).
Champagne, synonymous with celebration and luxury, takes centre stage in ushering in the New Year. Its effervescence mirrors the excitement of new beginnings, and its crisp, bubbly character adds a touch of sophistication to the festivities.
Whether enjoyed in a flute, mixed into cocktails, or, in this case, infused into a luscious ice cream, champagne brings a sense of jubilation, making it the perfect companion for toasting to the year ahead.
Cheers to the effervescent spirit of Champagne and the joy it brings to our New Year’s revelry!
A Perfect Pairing: Champagne and Raspberries
Welcoming in the New Year is an exciting event. Time to reflect on the year that’s coming to an end and to look forward to the new year ahead with all that may come. For many, it’s a time to gather with friends and family and celebrate the turning of the year.
The combination of flavours, the effervescence of champagne with the vibrant sweetness of raspberries make for a delicious and indulgent treat.
The crisp and bubbly notes of champagne beautifully complement the juicy and slightly tart essence of ripe raspberries creating a harmonious blend that’s sure to elevate your New Year’s celebration.
We have a perfect Homemade Ice Cream to add to the joy of this evening and we’d love to share it with you.
Now we’ve got your taste buds tingling, let’s show you how you can make this delicious homemade ice cream with our easy-to-follow step-by-step guide.
Homemade Champagne and Raspberry Ice Cream
Here’s our recipe and method for you to follow:
- 300g fresh raspberries
- 200g granulated sugar
- 300ml champagne
- 300ml double cream
- 150ml whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Prepare the Raspberries:
- Wash the raspberries and pat them dry.
- In a bowl, mash the raspberries with a fork or potato masher until you have a chunky puree.
- Make the Raspberry Syrup:
- In a saucepan, combine the raspberry puree and granulated sugar.
- Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves.
- Simmer for about 5 minutes until it thickens slightly.
- Remove from heat and let it cool completely.
- Mix the Ice Cream Base:
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the double cream, whole milk, and vanilla extract.
- Add the cooled raspberry syrup and mix until well combined.
- Chill the Mixture:
- Cover the mixture and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight to let the flavours meld.
- Churn the Ice Cream:
- Pour the chilled mixture into your ice cream maker.
- Churn according to the manufacturer’s instructions until it reaches a soft-serve consistency.
- NB: If you don’t have an ice cream maker, you can still make this recipe, you simply pour the mixture into a freezer-safe container and freeze. Every 30 minutes, stir the mixture vigorously with a fork to break up ice crystals, repeating this process for about 3-4 hours or until the ice cream is firm. Please also check out our post – Homemade Ice Cream: Without an Ice Cream Maker – to learn more.
- At this point pour in your Champagne swirling it through your firm, almost-set ice cream.
- Transfer the churned ice cream to a lidded container.
- Freeze for an additional 4-6 hours or until firm.
- Serve and Enjoy:
- Scoop the Homemade Champagne and Raspberry Ice Cream into bowls or cones.
- Garnish with fresh raspberries if desired.
- Cheers to a delicious New Year’s treat!
Feel free to adjust the sugar quantity based on your sweetness preference and above all, enjoy your festive ice cream creation!
Adding champagne to ice cream can pose similar challenges as adding any alcohol to ice cream. Please see our article – The Art and Science of Blending Alcohol with Ice Cream – Frosted Fusions – that explains the challenges that might be encountered.
The alcohol content in champagne can interfere with the freezing process, potentially resulting in a softer ice cream texture.
To mitigate this, it’s advisable to add the champagne after the churning process and swirl it through your ice cream base, then place it in the freezer before the ice cream base can soften. This helps maintain the desired consistency while preserving the delicious flavour and bubbles of champagne in your homemade treat.
Perfect Pairings for your Homemade Champagne and Raspberry Ice Cream
Here are some pairings that you can consider adding to your homemade ice cream, providing texture and a touch more elegance:
- Golden White Chocolate Shavings: Add a touch of luxury with golden-hued white chocolate shavings. The combination of champagne and white chocolate creates an elegant flavour profile.
- Dark Chocolate Chips: Dark chocolate goes very well with both Champagne and Raspberries. Add a rich layer of flavour with chunks of dark chocolate sprinkled over your ice cream
- Raspberry Coulis: Enhance the raspberry flavour by drizzling a vibrant raspberry coulis over the ice cream. This adds a burst of fruity sweetness and complements the champagne notes.
- Edible Gold Leaf: For a truly festive, decadent touch, consider decorating your ice cream with edible gold leaf. It adds a glamorous shimmer and captures the spirit of New Year’s celebrations.
- Champagne-Soaked Berries: Infuse berries like strawberries or blueberries with a splash of champagne. These champagne-soaked berries provide both a textural contrast and an extra layer of boozy fruity flavour.
- Honeycomb Bits: Introduce a crunchy texture with small bits of honeycomb. The combination of honey sweetness and champagne’s effervescence creates a delicious contrast.
- Almond Tuile Cookies: Serve your ice cream with delicate almond tuile cookies. Their thin, crisp texture complements the creamy ice cream and adds a nutty undertone.
These pairings not only enhance the overall experience of your Champagne and Raspberry Ice Cream but also make it a festive treat perfect for ringing in the New Year.
We do hope that you have enjoyed our article and learning how to craft your own homemade Champagne and Raspberry Ice Cream.
Please drop us a comment below if you have any questions and of course, we would love to hear from you if you give this recipe a go.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year!