3 Ice Cream Recipes That Taste Like Summer

Photographed by James Ransom/Food52.
We would do pretty much anything to go back to the days of summer break. We can just picture it now: the final bell ringing, people singing "school's out," and those carefree three months stretching out ahead of us. Those were the glory days, filled with so much sunshine and free time. But now, reliving yesteryear is more of a distant dream than an actual reality. Luckily, we've got a sweet recipe (or three) for easing this blow.
Food52's newest cookbook Ice Cream & Friends is here to put the power of frosty cream and popsicle making into our own hands — so we can slip on our flip flops and easily whip up a batch of "2009 on the beach with a twist" in no time. Scroll ahead for three recipes that taste like those endless summers you've been missing, but with enough of an adult twist to still make us feel sophisticated.
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Naked Chocolate Ice Cream
Serves 2 chocolate lovers

Ingredients
3 cups half-and-half
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp espresso powder
Pinch of kosher salt
3 tbsp cornstarch
6 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3 tbsp crème de cacao or liqueur of your choice
1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
1. In a large saucepan, heat 2 cups of the half-and-half, the sugar, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and salt over medium-low heat.

2. In a small bowl, whisk the cornstarch into the remaining 1 cup of half-and-half until smooth, then stir into the cocoa mixture. Stir constantly over medium-high heat until the base thickens and begins to boil, about 5 minutes.

3. Off the heat, add the chocolate, crème de cacao, and vanilla, stirring until the chocolate melts and the mixture is very smooth. Cover the surface with wax paper and chill until cold, at least 2 hours but ideally overnight.

4. Scoop the ice cream base (it’s thick) into an ice cream maker and churn it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Reprinted with permission from Food52 Ice Cream & Friends by the Editors of Food52, copyright © 2017. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
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Blood Orange–Negroni Pops
Makes 10 pops

Ingredients
1/3 cup sugar
2 cups blood orange juice (from about 8 oranges)
1/4 cup gin
1/4 cup sweet vermouth
1/4 cup Campari
1 tsp grated orange zest

Instructions
1. In a large bowl (preferably with a pour spout), whisk together 3/4 cup water and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Whisk in the blood orange juice, gin, vermouth, Campari, and orange zest.

2. Divide the mixture evenly into pop molds. Freeze for at least 5 hours before serving.

Reprinted with permission from Food52 Ice Cream & Friends by the Editors of Food52, copyright © 2017. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
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Lavender–Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Makes about 1 quart

Ingredients
1 can coconut cream
1 can full-fat coconut milk
1/2 cup turbinado sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
Heaping 1 tsp tapioca starch
2 tbsp edible dried lavender
1 tbsp vodka

Instructions
1. In a pot, bring the coconut cream, coconut milk, sugar, corn syrup, and tapioca starch to a simmer over medium heat; the fat in the coconut milk and cream should start to “melt.” Simmer, whisking occasionally, for 5 minutes. Blend with an immersion blender for 1 minute.

2. Off the heat, add the lavender and vodka. Let steep for 30 minutes. Pass the base through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl, then blend for 30 seconds. Chill the base completely in the refrigerator at least 5 hours but ideally overnight.

3. Pour the chilled base into an ice cream maker and churn it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Reprinted with permission from Food52 Ice Cream & Friends by the Editors of Food52, copyright © 2017. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
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