Ample Hills Creamery's boozy twist on its ice cream flavors is a wonderful and chaotic rendezvous of ice cream, homemade candy and of course, liquor.
Bourbon St. and The Dude, two of the most popular liquor-infused flavors at the Brooklyn-based creamery, focus on storytelling and pop culture references, just like the rest of the flavors at Ample Hills.
"From the beginning, our motto has been to make everything from scratch," said Brian Smith, co-founder and co-owner of Ample Hills. Smith and his wife Jackie opened the first Ample Hills shop in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, in spring of 2011.
As you may have already guessed, The Dude is White Russian ice cream made with coffee liquor and vodka, an ode to Jeff Bridges' character in the 1998 film "The Big Lebowski." His character, Jeff Lebowski, insists on being called "The Dude" and drinks White Russians throughout the film.
Bourbon St. is bourbon-infused vanilla bean ice cream with pecan pralines.
"We had a scooper at the time that had lived in New Orleans, and I think it was her father that had come up with the idea for the flavor," Smith said.
Smith says the creamery's focus has always been on telling stories and making a connection with the community and people through ice cream.
"A lot of places make perfectly good ice cream but not necessarily the places you want to go and spend an afternoon the way you might have at an old, tiny ice cream parlor," Smith said.
Now with four permanent and two seasonal ice cream shops in New York City and a recently opened shop on the BoardWalk at Disney World in Florida, Ample Hills is keeping the same spirit, but with bigger dreams. Last December, the creamery partnered with Disney to make Star Wars ice cream flavors: The Dark Side and The Light Side.
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