Mulled Wine Ice Cream Recipe

Photograph: Max Falkowitz

This ice cream works a lot like vanilla bean—gently but assertively spiced with floral, fruity, and citrusy flavors working in tandem. It's a good general purpose ice cream but with a point of view all its own. The way mulled wine should be.

Recipe Facts

Active: 60 mins
Total: 14 hrs
Serves: 6 to 8 servings
Makes: 1 quart

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  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seed

  • 6 allspice berries

  • 4 cardamom pods, lightly crushed

  • 2 blades mace

  • One 4-inch cinnamon stick

  • 1 star anise

  • 2 cups cheap Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 1 orange

  • 6 large egg yolks

  • 3/4 cup sugar

  • 2 cups heavy cream

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1 tablespoon brandy

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. In a dry skillet over high heat, toast spices, stirring frequently, until they are fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  2. In a medium non-reactive saucepan bring wine and spices to a simmer over medium heat. Squeeze in juice of one orange through a strainer to remove seeds, then add spent orange to the pan. Cook, stirring frequently, until wine reduces to a thick, bubbly syrup that measures to 1/4 cup. Strain out spices and orange and set aside to cool.

  3. In another clean medium saucepan whisk together egg yolks and sugar until well combined and slightly thickened. Whisk in cream and milk until fully incorporated, add wine reduction, then cook over medium heat until a custard forms on a spoon and a finger swiped across the back leaves a clean line. Pour through a strainer into an airtight container, stir in brandy and salt to taste, and chill overnight in refrigerator.

  4. The next day, churn according to manufacturer's instructions. Transfer ice cream to freezer and harden for at least 4 hours before serving.

Special Equipment

Ice cream maker

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
385 Calories
27g Fat
24g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 385
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 16g 78%
Cholesterol 233mg 78%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 176mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)