Jeni’s Boozy Eggnog Ice Cream: Yes-mas or Ho Ho No?

Ice cream? Good. Tennessee whiskey? Good. Eggnog? Good. All three together? Jeni’s is banking on it being very good with the new Boozy Eggnog ice cream. We snagged a pint of the festive flavor and gave it a try. 

This new flavor of Jeni’s was inspired by Jeni’s own grandfather, who always spiked his eggnog with whiskey. (Fun fact: George Washington also liked to spike his eggnog, but he didn’t stop at whiskey. He spiked his with a mix of rye whiskey, rum, brandy, and sherry. Make that ice cream, Jeni’s!) To make this flavor, Jeni’s partnered with Uncle Nearest, a Tennessee whiskey named for the first African American master distiller, Nearest Green. Jeni’s mixes their spiced custard base with Uncle Nearest 1884 small batch whiskey for a frozen version of a classic holiday bev. It sounds incredible…but is it worthy of your holiday freezer?

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Jeni’s Boozy Eggnog Ice Cream

Where have you been all my life, whiskey-spiked eggnog ice cream? It’s so good. It’s so very good. It is extremely creamy, with a wonderful texture that tells you this is made with real cream and real custard. The whiskey flavor is not immediately apparent, instead it washes over your tongue on the finish—just a gentle whisper of vanilla-tinged whiskey. I want to applaud Jeni’s for not going overboard with the booze as so many other producers have. They think if we see that something is spiked, we want to only taste the booze. But no! I want the booze to blend in seamlessly. And that’s exactly what Jeni’s and Uncle Nearest (a very good whiskey in its own right) have accomplished. Blend this up with a few shots of Uncle Nearest for a holiday milkshake that will really up your jolliness.

Credit: Liv Averett / Jeni’s




Tasting Jeni’s Boozy Eggnog Ice Cream

About the Author

Justine Sterling

Justine Sterling is the editor-in-chief of Sporked. She has been writing about food and beverages for well over a decade and is an avid at-home cook and snacker. Don’t worry, she’s not a food snob. Sure, she loves a fresh-shucked oyster. But she also will leap at whatever new product Reese’s releases and loves a Tostitos Hint of Lime, even if there is no actual lime in the ingredients.

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