Genius Gin, Lick Ice Creams team up to make sweet cocktails

The unlikely pairing of ice cream and gin will be the focus of Genius Gin and Lick Ice Cream's collaborative event at Metier Saturday.

The unlikely pairing of ice cream and gin will be the focus of Genius Gin and Lick Ice Cream’s collaborative event at Metier Saturday.

As May heats up, we’ll be pulling out our tubs of ice cream and our favorite ingredients for a refreshing summer cocktail — but probably not both at the same time.

Lick Honest Ice Creams’ Anthony Sobotik and Genius Gin’s Mike Groener are making edible arguments in favor of combining the two treats on Saturday, when they’ll be serving up free ice cream cocktails in Métier Cook’s Supply’s side garden. The duo will showcase one shaken drink and one stirred, both featuring seasonal, locally sourced ingredients.

Saturday won’t be the first time they’ve teamed up to combine their beloved products. Groener and Sobotik have created ice cream flavors using Genius Gin in the past, including Sweet Lemon, Gin and Juniper, Blushing Blueberry and Plum Jam and Gin Cake, according to a press release. The flavors were available at Lick locations and other stores.

But the Ice Cream and Cocktails event, running from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1805 S. First St., will be the best chance to see how the men have made ice cream and gin such a successful pairing. They’ll be making a Lemon Bitters Float and a Lime Gimlet.

Although they’ll provide recipes of these two cocktails at the event, there’s no time like the 80-degree present to start whipping up some of your own boozy desserts (especially if you’re still crying over the Blue Bell recall). Here’s the recipe for the Lemon Bitters Float.

Lemon Bitters Float

1 1/2 oz. Genius Gin

2-3 oz. Fever Tree Bitter Lemon Soda

1 scoop Lick Goat Cheese Thyme Vanilla Ice Cream

Spoon a scoop of Lick ice cream into a glass. Slowly pour the Genius Gin and lemon soda over it, accounting for the bubbles from the soda. Serve with a lemon swirl garnish.


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