Boston is a great city for both dedicated foodies and the more casual diner alike: from dive bars to top shelf cocktails, food trucks to five-course meals, there is something for everyone in the Hub. With so many options, it can be hard to choose how you want to spend your hard-earned money. Alcohol prices are edging into double digits in much of the city and food prices leave even more to be desired; spring is finally here, but do you want to cool off with a decadent dessert or a refreshing cocktail? One local entrepreneur is hoping to make that choice a bit easier with a genius new hybrid.
Crème de Liqueur, a new venture by Emerson senior Elizabeth Nash, promises “the perfect combination of a dessert and an after-dinner drink.” Utilizing a top-secret innovative process, each serving of this homemade ice cream is infused with a full shot of alcohol. Looking for a palate cleanser after a spicy meal? Try a cup of lemon sorbet with vodka and candied lemon peel! Nursing a chocolate craving? A rich portion of vanilla bean ice cream with horchata, Caribbean rum, and dark chocolate shavings will heal you right up! Pistachio ice cream–a mainstay in every gelateria in Italy–with an amaretto hazelnut swirl is the perfect finale for a classic North End night.
Elizabeth Nash has been passionate about food her entire life, having worked as a barista, head cook, and food writer for several years; nowhere is her dedication more apparent than in the execution of Crème de Liqueur. Each flavor is made with the highest quality natural ingredients: real vanilla beans, fresh fruit, dark chocolate, and nuts combine to form perfectly balanced desserts. The spirits, often jarring on their own and difficult to keep frozen, are seamlessly integrated into the custards and tempered by the creaminess of the ice cream. All that remains is a delicious, lingering taste, without the harshness that the average shot of vodka or rum would leave behind.
If lemon, pistachio, and vanilla bean fail to keep your attention, the next round of flavors being developed by Crème de Liqueur are sure to be crowd-pleasers: chocolate fudge brandy, strawberry margarita, and, a future Christmas tradition, spiked eggnog ice cream are the next generation of after-dinner desserts that will be sure to brighten up every party, event, or random weeknight for years to come.
Although Nash grew up in the Midwest, Crème de Liqueur is a local Boston business: she is currently working on securing a commercial kitchen and networking with local restaurants, and hopes to become a major player in Boston’s culinary landscape. If you want to try this ice cream out, consider donating to Crème de Liqueur’s crowd funding campaign, which will speed up the process and get you access to this sweet treat as soon as possible. Your donation can get you a hand-delivered pint of ice cream, Crème de Liqueur products, art, or a meal handmade by Elizabeth for up to 10 people, complete with your choice of ice cream for dessert (if her holiday menu is any indication, you’re going to love this)!
To invest in Crème de Liqueur and get yourself one step closer to the perfect dessert, visit the company’s RocketHub page here. Still not convinced? Check out more pictures of this delicious treat below!