This simple yet perfectly balanced Brown Sugar Brandy Ice Cream is smooth and creamy. Delicious by itself, or as a base for chocolate chunks and swirls.

It's summer time guys and dolls and if you are anything like me, you can't miss out on a great ice cream recipe when the temps rise! So, I went and collected the best of the best around the internet to rally up the must make best homemade ice cream recipes you have to try! This Brown Sugar Brandy Ice Cream is a new favorite of mine.

Summer is For Ice Cream!

Brown Sugar Brandy Ice Cream | Kita Roberts

And bike rides. At least I tell myself that the bike rides allow me to eat all of the ice cream that I want. (Let me believe this one ok) 13.4 miles. Not my hardest ride or the longest time I have spent riding, but my furthest distance. Solo. The thing about riding solo is that I am not fighting to keep up. I am around no one. It's me and the brisk morning air for miles. And I thought for some reason you may care to know what it's like in this koko for cocopuffs mind of mine.

Bike ride route |
  1. Mile one is pretty boring. I push hard to stretch my legs and work out the soreness left from yesterdays workout.
  2. Mile two is the same, just peddling to pedal. My mind doesn't zone out and I am aware of the horse people everywhere, the people walking their dogs without leashes and that I need to not be pointy toed when I pedal.
  3. Mile three marks the start of the up hill grind back to the parking lot. I gear down and remind myself that I am never going to be able to hang with the boys if I slow down.
  4. In mile 4 something in my brain clicked and I got pretty nasty with myself. "Yo, fatty, climb this hill." I start talking myself into two laps as well, you know, the mean version of myself. "You're going to do two laps and I don't want any girly crying either"
  5. By mile 5 that negative drill sargent has turned into a positive trainer and is telling me I am about to make the soft gravel hill my bitch. Yes, that is really how I talk to myself.
  6. At the top of mile 6 I start to tell myself that two laps can happen tomorrow. That 6.6 miles is ok and that I can quit, but as my car becomes more then a tiny dot in the distance, I push past it and start in on round two.
  7. I've passed my car and am now pushing to make the time I have set for myself. My legs have warmed up, my lungs are open, and a second lap isnt nearly as hard as the first. It's not as fast as the first either, but at this point, its hard not be proud of yourself for going twice the distance that you would have loathed last year.
  8. I take on a water crossing at full speed and win. This means nothing to you if you don't know how steep some of these down hills are, or how hard the climb back up is, and how terrifying the jagged rocks in the middle make that tiny stream look. But it's a great achievement for me. Before I had clip-less pedals, I road through everything. I was like a kid on a rainy day with mud puddles. But something about being strapped into your bike with little metal teeth and no escape route changes how you handle certain things. Or at least it did for me. Suddenly, I would slow down over water crossings, consider my path, and walk through the places I would have previously splashed through. Getting back into the just barrel through it frame of mind has been a great work in progress.
  9. I'm pretty sure I'm lost because this no longer looks like a maintained trail, but more like run off. I slow down and try to figure things out a bit but enjoy the cut through the trees.
  10. Here's when I get amusing, or at least in my own head I am. I finally start to zone out and think about the 22 tabs I have open for Williams Sonoma and how I want to spend my gift certificate, Victoria Secret, show shopping and anything else that comes to mind. I start thinking about this post, and how ridiculous it is that I chat with myself while out on the trails. At the end of mile 10, I run into a tractor that seems to be doing nothing other then throwing up large clouds of gravel dust that I can't see through and sting my eyes.
  11. Still lost in conversation with myself, I start contemplating my next project.It's a hilarious idea (or was when I was out of water and sweaty. I hope I can make it happen). See a lady with a dog who I recognize from previous rides and consider carrying milk bones on me. Envision myself being chased by random unleashed dogs across and field and quickly decide that's not a great plan.
  12. Start to get pumped that I decided to take on two laps today. There were a few soft patches that I walk over because I almost went face first into them last time, but other then that feel great.
  13.  I see the marker that lets me know my trusty car is right around the corner and start to pedal homeward. When I get to my car I'm awake, pumped and ready to take on the day. Great start.

Next week I may even push myself to three laps. I may need it with the way I'm attacking this Brown Sugar Brandy Ice Cream.

Brown Sugar Brandy Ice Cream in a galvanized pail | Kita Roberts

Brown Sugar Brandy Ice Cream

Why do so many of your ice cream recipes involve alcohol Kita? I'm glad you asked. It really isn't because I am looking to get a buzz off of dessert. And the 2 ounces of Brandy in this recipe do not a cocktail make. (Though this is more than many of my recipes use) Distributed through a quart of ice cream you will notice the flavor subtly poking it's nose out. Mostly though, you will notice the texture. By adding a touch of alcohol to an ice cream recipe it will not freeze quite a hard. 2-3 tablespoons is all you really need, and your ice cream will be incredibly smooth and scoopable.

Ice cream in a pail |

I think ice cream should be mandatory once a week all summer long. If you really want to throw down with your ice cream maker, check these out!

- Spiked & Spicy Mexican Mocha Ice Cream Recipe
- Sweet Cream Ice Cream with Roasted Strawberry Jam Swirl
- Tagalong Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

If you’ve tried my Brown Sugar Brandy Ice Cream recipe or any other recipe on please don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know where you found it in the comments below, I love hearing from you! You can also follow along for more good eats and travel tips on Instagram @passthesushi & @girlcarnivoreTwitter Facebook.

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Brown Sugar Brandy Ice Cream

This simple yet perfectly balanced ice cream is smooth and creamy. Delicious by itself, or as a base for chocolate chunks and swirls.
4.86 from 21 votes
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Author: Kita Roberts
4 hours 50 minutes
Serves: 1 Quart


  • 6 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • ¼ cup brandy*


  • Whisk the egg yolks and brown sugar together in a large bowl. Set aside.
  • Combine the cream and milk in a medium sized, heavy bottomed pot.
  • Slit the vanilla pod in half in lengthwise with a sharp knife. Scrape out the paste with the back of your knife.
  • Add the vanilla pod and paste to the pot.
  • Cook the mixture over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until the mixture just starts to bubble around the edges.
  • Remove the pot from the heat. Cover and let the mixture infuse for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove the vanilla pod and discard. Warm the mixture again on the stove until steaming.
  • Slowly drizzle it into the beaten egg mixture, whisking constantly.
  • Return the combined mixture to the pot. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until it registers 170 degrees F on a candy thermometer and is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Remove the pot from the heat. Strain into a large bowl.
  • Whisk in the brandy.
  • Cool in an ice bath, whisking frequently to lower the mixture’s temperature. 
  • Refrigerate until completely chilled, about 4-6 hours.
  • Process mixture in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s directions. 
  • Transfer to a container and freeze overnight.


*To be honest, the recipe called for bourbon, but I didn’t have any so Brown Sugar Brandy Ice Cream was born 😉 .
Adapted From Slushed


Serving: 1g | Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 209mg | Sodium: 40mg | Sugar: 20g

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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  1. Belinda @zomppa says:

    I'm still in awe - I haven't yet really taken out my bike for a real hard ride yet! Definitely deserving of this ice cream!

  2. Kita this looks delish! The photos are gorgeous!

  3. Parsley Sage says:

    Well done! Its awesome that you're able to ride on the road, and clearly you've got the mindset to push through, dig deep and rack up those miles!

    And then there's this badass ice cream. Oh yes. Yes please.

    1. I don't do road biking (yet). The thought of it scares the bejesus out of me. Mountain biking is where it's at ;D

  4. Gosh! I get tired just by reading about your progress. I do the "think about something else" bit too when I feel like my legs are about to fall off their sockets ... that seems to help a lot. Besides, if I get to come home and stuff myself with this ice cream .... I'd pedal faster 🙂

  5. You go girl! Great job! The ice cream looks fantastic.

  6. The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time says:

    Pinned, pinned, pinned, pinned, pinned. For making do, you done amazing. I know I should say congrats on biking it alone, but to me it just proves you're insane. 🙂

  7. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says:

    Way to go - kick butt on the bike! What a great flavor of ice cream. I am a huge fan of anything brown sugar!

  8. RavieNomNoms says:

    Good for you Kita!! It really is a great thing what you are doing. I find that I like running by myself more than with others. I find that it is easier for me to get into my own rhythm instead of like you said trying to keep up or slow down in some cases.

    This Ice Cream looks like the perfect treat for when you get home. YUM!

  9. Oh my - what a delicious ice cream! The flavors, the texture - can't be beat! Love it!

  10. Toby @ Plate Fodder says:

    serve this with some caramelized bananas and you've got dessert fit for ANY dinner party!

  11. claire @ the realistic nutritionist says:

    I love this.

  12. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious says:

    I love LOVE spin class but haven't actually taken a bike out in the real world - definitely want to try it at some point but I'm scared a car will run over me!

    Anyway, love this ice cream. And I love that ice cream bucket! Definitely need to get me one of those.

  13. Eden Passante says:

    Yum!! Sounds so good!

  14. I'm about to make this ice cream for a second time. I made it the first time to use up a bunch of extra brandy. It is delicious and really easy to make

    1. Thank you Renada! I am glad that you are giving it round two (and heck yeah to the double dose of brandy!) ;D

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