I don’t generally eat ice cream in the middle of winter (because good gravy, it’s cold out) — but I might be willing to make an exception for Mercer’s Wine Ice Cream. You heard me: Ice cream… infused with wine. I also don’t usually mix my wine with dairy, but, well… wine ice cream. That’s not something one stumbles upon and ignores, now, is it?
This isn’t the first time we’ve encountered boozy ice cream — last month, Bustle’s Marion Bernstein chatted at length with Melissa Tavss, founder and CEO of Tipsy Scoop — but I believe it is the first time we’ve seen a line of ice cream that isn’t just boozy in general; it’s specifically wine-y. (Not whiny. Although I would imagine eating wine-infused ice cream while whining about something bothersome is a winning combination.) Based in Boonville, New York, Mercer’s offers six different wine-infused flavors, each containing an alcohol content of five percent: Cherry Merlot, Chocolate Cabernet, Peach White Zinfandel, Port, Red Raspberry Chardonnay, and Riesling. According to MTL Blog, they offered a spiced wine flavor once upon a time; alas, though, it appears to have been a seasonal selection, as I could find no evidence of its existence on Mercer's website.
The combinations sound like they’re winners, too; of course the reds would pair best with chocolate bases, and of course the whites would go well with fruit bases. Head on over to Mercer’s website for more info — although fair warning: It isn’t exactly easy on the eyes. More accurately, it looks a little like the Geocities site devoted to boy bands and Lisa Frank you built in your free time when you were 12, but I mean, hey. Ice cream. Wine. I’m willing to overlook it.
While we’re on the subject, you know what else I’d like to see get the wine-infused treatment? These slightly ridiculous things:
1. Wine-Infused Pudding
It’s like ice cream, only better.
2. Wine-Infused Gummy Bears
Maybe I’ll try making these myself. It stands to reason that all I’d have to do would be to soak a bag of Haribo gummies in a jar full of Ravenswood overnight, right?
3. Wine-Infused Pizza
Consider it a variation on my monstrous "Ginger Ale" Pizza Hut creation’s original theme.
4, Wine-Infused Listerine Breath Strips
Although maybe we should jettison the whole minty-fresh thing. Wine and mint do not a flavor combination of dreams make.
5. Wine-Infused iPad Case
I don’t even own an iPad, but I still want a wine-tastic case for one to exist.
6. Wine-Infused Fabric
They’ve made a dress entirely out of red wine, and Johnnie Walker has apparently invented whiskey-scented cloth, so I know it can be done. Someone needs to get on that, STAT. How else am I going to make my conceptual wine-infused fashion line a reality?
7. Wine-Infused Magazine Ads
They’d be way better than those ads infuse with perfume samples. You want me to buy your wine? Let me try it first.
8. Wine-Infused Wine
Double your wine, double your fun. Or something.