Peanuts in a soda? Sounds a little ridiculous doesn’t it? I thought so too the first time a friend handed me a soft drink with some of those tasty little nuts in it. I’m known to try anything once, twice if I like it, and I was pleasantly surprised at dropping the hesitation of a nut on soda combination. It’s an inexplainable taste but delicious, so much so that we spent time going back and forth about how we could possibly up the game on this new concoction. And I think we came up with something that is sure to not disappoint.
Coke meet peanut meet ice cream meet bourbon. Let’s have a party. Let’s make a float.
The natural progression from a soft drink would almost inexplicably be to add some ice cream, of course, and subsequently a lil’ bit of bourbon (another known pleasure) to make this dessert concoction simple yet complex with an updated twist on a childhood favorite.
I’ve already given you my favorite recipe for strawberry ice cream and I’m about to lay some wisdom down on you with another one. I’m obsessed with making ice creams. It’s perfect for when you have a bit of cream and milk left that you need to use up before that awful past-due-best before date creeps up and surpasses you. I also find that ice cream at home tends to taste so much better than most store bought varieties and the endless possibilities for flavorings and add in’s make for a really fun experience when you’re scouring your pantry, refrigerator, or kitchen for little bits you have get rid of.
You’re going to need an ice cream maker if you want to make this drink….and if don’t already have one….save those pennies up because I can tell you its one of the best investments I’ve ever made.
Feel free to omit the bourbon if your just looking for a fun drink without the booze. I won’t judge. Well..maybe a little, but not to your face.
- 2 Cups plus 1 cup of Heavy cream
- 1 Cup of Whole Milk
- 1 Cup of Sugar
- 1½ Cups of Salt Roasted Peanuts, shell removed, left whole
- 1 cup of Salt Roasted Peanuts, Shell removed, roughly chopped
- Seeds scraped from one vanilla bean
- pinch of salt
- (2 cups of peanut ice cream made from the ingredients above)
- 2 Tablespoons of Powdered Sugar
- ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 16 oz. Coca Cola
- 4 oz of your preferred bourbon (optional)
- First we're going to make the ice cream.
- in a small sauce pan on low heat, combine 2 cups of heavy cream, the milk, sugar, and vanilla bean seeds and heat slowly until the sugar is dissolved. Do not let boil. Stir constantly.
- Remove from heat, add 1½ cup of whole peanuts to the cream mixture and chill covered in your refrigerator, preferably overnight.
- Strain through a fine-mesh sieve and discard used peanuts
- Process the ice cream according to your manufactures instructions for your ice cream maker
- In the last few minutes of churning, add the chopped peanuts.
- Freeze Ice cream for at least three hours in your freezer.
- In a cold metal bowl, using a whisk, whip the 1 cup of heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until the cream forms slightly stiff picks as you pick up the whisk.
- To assemble, place a nice scoop of peanut ice cream in the bottom of a tall glass, add ½ cup of Coca Cola, top with an ounce of bourbon, whip cream, and more chopped peanuts if desired.