Whipped Cream with Alcohol
June 2, 2011
Around the holidays last year, canned whipped cream with a little bit of alcohol was available in stores. Most of them said to contain about 30% alcohol. Thing is, I haven’t been able to find any this time of year to do an actual review on it. Maybe it is seasonal, or maybe concerned citizens manage to get it off the shelf. No matter – I’ll make my own, and anyone willing to go through the steps to make their own isn’t doing it for the alcohol, per say, but for culinary purposes. In fact, I think it would be better as a garnish than consuming it plain, though I probably would since I like whipped cream plain, too. Anyway, making it yourself is also cheaper, as the whipping cream only cost me $2.50 for the pint.
First off, let’s review how to make whipped cream. All it takes is some whipping cream, and a tad bit of sugar if any, and some vanilla. They are placed in a pre-cooled bowl and mixed with cooled egg beaters until it peaks.
So, to make spiked whipped cream, all one has to do is add alcohol to the cream. What kind of alcohol? About any spirit or liqueur, which could make the whipped cream flavored, such as hazelnut Frangelico, coffee Kahlua, Crème de Menthe, or even a fruit Schnapps. Though if using a liqueur, cut back on the amount of sugar used. It is best to make it, taste it, and then add more sugar if needed than to accidentally over sweeten it. I started with two tablespoons of Crème de Cacao to make something a little bit chocolaty, but I didn’t really taste it. A third tablespoon and I began to notice it, and a fourth tablespoon seemed just about right. That is slightly over one shot in a pint’s worth of cream. I think one would get sick of the cream before they got drunk at that ratio.
When researching this topic, I found an article written by Donna Anderson. She suggests putting spiked whipped cream on desserts or any time you would normally use whipped cream. She also suggests warm drinks like hot chocolate or coffee. Last of all, there are shots, cocktails, and frozen drinks like daiquiris that would be good with whipped cream.
I served mine just with some fresh strawberries. It was wonderful!
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