One woman entrepreneur is combining two indulgences into one elaborate dish — she’s making alcoholic ice cream desserts that really give a whole new spin to the traditional ice cream cone.
Enter Tipsy Scoop in Kips Bay, New York City. It’s not your average ice cream shop; there’s a bright blue sign on the front door that says “21 and over only,” and there are two bouncers in front, clad in all black, carding everyone walking through the door. Even though this may sound like the patrons are going to one of the more than 65,000 bars, taverns, and nightclubs serving alcohol across the nation, Tipsy Scoop serves its alcohol in a waffle cone.
That’s because owner Melissa Tavss has created frozen concoctions inspired by her favorite alcoholic drinks, and the alcohol content in her ice cream is so high it can get someone buzzed.
Tavss is only 29-years-old, but she is giving inspiration to women entrepreneurs everywhere. She started her boozy ice cream company three years ago, after being inspired to create something unique in her CuisineArt ice cream making machine. Her popularity grew from selling pints across the nation to catering weddings, and finally, her dream came to fruition when her bar/ice creap shop opened earlier in May.
For Tavss, incorporating alcohol in ice cream started as a creative way to reduce freezer burn in her more traditional flavors. She explained to the Observer how alcohol came to mix with her ice cream:
“I was initially adding liquor to soften the ice cream. A lot of recipes call for a little liquor just to soften it, make it less icy. And then I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be so cool if this actually had an alcohol content?'”
American drinkers enjoy a wide array of different alcoholic drinks: as of 2014, 41% of U.S. drinkers reported they drink beer, 31% said wine, and 23% liquor. And thanks to Tavss’s creativity, there will be something for everyone on the menu.
She has created some interesting flavor combos including the Spiked Hazelnut Coffee, Raspberry Limoncello, Dark Chocolate Whiskey Salted Caramel, and Martini Ice Cream Sandwiches. Some of the flavors have fun stories behind their creation. According to Thrillist, the Mango Margarita is inspired by a street daiquiri from New Orleans, and the Strawberry Whit Sangria Sorbet is reminiscent of a fruity Spanish sangria.
All her ice creams and sorbets contain up to 5% alcohol, which is the equivalent alcohol content found in most light beers. But there is a virgin option for those who choose to go alcohol-free at dessert time.
Tipsy Scoop is the perfect example of how beautiful it can be when happy hour and dessert get together.