Turning a White Russian into ice cream is sort of a no-brainer. It's already creamy; it's already dessert; it's already something you might binge on if you're alone and feeling weird on a Sunday. It's also a relaxed, unpretentious follow-up to more ambitious flavors in Sweet Science's booze-inspired collection (the Old Fashioned, Pear Riesling).
So it was only a matter of time before this not-actually-Russian cocktail found its way into an ice cream tub. Once owner Ashlee Olds teamed up with local 11 Wells Spirits, they were off to the races, happily sloshing their cocktails and swapping lines from The Big Lebowski and churning giant tubs of cream. At least that's how we imagine this beautiful cocktail/dessert baby was made.
This White Russian blends 11 Wells vodka with (oh lord yes) "a heavy presence of cream" and hints of coffee and hazelnut. On Saturday, Sweet Science is hosting one of its free tastings at 11 Wells Spirits in St. Paul, where you can sample the official ice cream flavor of the Dude (just don't pee on his rug, okay? It really ties the room together.). You can also sample and purchase Sweet Science's other flavors, including the Old Fashioned, if you're in the mood for more cocktail-inspired scoops.
Or you can just drink 11 Wells samples until someone in your crew has the good sense to say, "Fuck it, dude, let's go bowling."
Saturday, Dec. 5
2 to 5 p.m.
11 Wells Spirits
704 Minnehaha Ave E., St. Paul