[Photo: Max Falkowitz]

During the colder months, pies and cookies reign supreme, but with so many enticing ice cream recipes, there's no reason to take a break from this frosty treat. Incorporating some of the season's best flavors, from cranberry to peppermint to brown spirits, these recipes are just right to serve after a holiday meal.

Sweet-Tart Cranberry Treats

Cranberry and Lillet Rouge Sorbet: Lillet Rouge brings out fruity flavors as well as citrus and herb notes in this refreshing sorbet.

Cranberry Goat Cheese Ice Cream: Goat cheese adds richness and complexity to this ice cream.

Cranberry Ice Cream With White Chocolate Chunks: Tart cranberry combined with sweet white chocolate results in a deliciously balanced dessert.

Boozy Ice Cream for Grownups

Lemon, Honey, and Brandy (or Guggle Muggle) Ice Cream: a frozen version of the hot toddy cure-all.

Gingerbread and Trappist Ale Ice Cream: Spiced with cinnamon, anise, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, and more, this beer-laced ice cream gives gingerbread a run for its money.

White Wine Frozen Yogurt: Tangy Greek yogurt brings out the floral, honeyed, and fruity flavors of leftover white wine.

Irish Coffee Ice Cream with Shaved Dark Chocolate and Candied Pecans: a little Jameson makes this pleasantly roasty coffee ice cream a bit more winter-appropriate.

Prosecco, Lemon, and Ginger Granita: A festive granita for holiday parties.

Apple and Cider-Based Scoops


Apple Cider Doughnut Ice Cream: An ice cream version of your favorite doughnuts.

Apple, Browned Butter, and Sour Cream Ice Cream: The unexpected addition of sour cream lends a surprising kick to this apple-rich ice cream.

Dark Rum and Apple Cider Shaved Ice: This rum-spiked dessert is seriously easy to make—no ice cream machine required.

Minty Ice Cream

White Chocolate Mint Ice Cream with Pomegranate Molasses: Fresh mint is wonderful with buttery white chocolate in this frozen delight.

Mint Julep Ice Cream: Bourbon and mint come together to remind you of Derby Day.

Ginger Mint and Chocolate-Covered Espresso Bean Gelato: ginger, mint, and coffee play off each other beautifully, and chocolate covered espresso beans add a satisfying crunch.

Fudge Cookie and Mint Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches: You can add green food coloring if you prefer, but these minty ice cream sandwiches don't need it.


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