It’s pretty hard to improve on ice cream, right? Wrong. Add alcohol.
My last assignment for Vox—and arguably one of my most fun assignments—had me sampling Columbia’s boozy desserts. I’m going to miss being a Vox reporter (not to mention being the only reporter of age for the alcohol-related stories!).
Sparky’s, a local ice cream place specializing in delicious homemade treats and uncommon flavors, served up the best alcoholic ice cream drinks. I once had hot chocolate and peppermint schnapps and it tasted like a liquid Thin Mint; I didn’t think drinks could get much better than that. But the Grasshopper shake at Sparky’s is leaps and bounds past that camping concoction. It has the same Thin Mint taste with a cooling sensation ideal for summer.
I also stopped by Flat Branch, a local brewery and restaurant, to try their ice cream beer float. I wrote about the drink without being too disparaging, but…the truth? The truth that was a bit too opinionated for print? The float is disgusting. Maybe hardcore beer lovers will like it, but I gagged. The ice cream is amazing—Buck’s Tiger Stripe is one of the best things to come out of Mizzou—but its sweetness combined with the bitter beer was a bad combination. Flat Branch’s food is delish, so I’d definitely recommend it for a meal, but when dessert rolls around, head down to Sparky’s instead.
Here’s my article: Drink This: Boozy Desserts