The heat of summer is the perfect time for relaxed entertaining, and an ice cream social is an easy way to churn up some fun. With only one dish to prepare, you don’t have to move out of vacation mode to prepare a fussy meal. Just toss some bottled waters into a bucket of ice, set out napkins, and sweep the front porch. Then invite neighbors to take a break from walking the dog or mowing the yard for an impromptu gathering. Invite neighbors to spend a leisurely afternoon on the porch, chatting about the latest local happenings while the children run through the sprinklers in the front yard. How better to celebrate National Ice Cream month? Serve our Raspberry Lemonade Ice Cream, and just watch. You’ll turn lemons into an opportunity for friendship.
Raspberry Lemonade Ice Cream
1 1/2 cups raspberries
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
Juice of 4-5 lemons
Zest of 2 lemons
3 cups half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon lemon extract
Pink food coloring
Mix raspberries, condensed milk, lemon juice and zest in a stand mixer. Add half-and-half, vanilla and lemon extracts, and food coloring. (Add food coloring one drop at a time until you reach the desired saturation of pink. One drop was enough for the soft pink ice cream pictured.) Mix until mostly smooth, with some bits of raspberry remaining.
Pour the ice cream mixture into an ice cream freezer, and churn according to manufacturer’s directions. Allow ice cream to harden in the freezer, and remove the container shortly before serving. If desired, serve in waffle cones topped with whipped cream, raspberries and lemon zest.
A few simple details dress up these ice cream cones. Cute scrapbook paper cone wrappers are easy to make using the waffle cone wrapper as a template. Whipped cream, raspberries and lemon zest hint at the flavors inside, and paper straws add the finishing touch.
Fun decorations make this an ice cream party. Coordinating bunting, napkins and flowers repeat the pink lemonade theme. Repurposed containers allow for fun cone diplays, like this silverware caddy added to the display just before serving.
With a great ice cream recipe, dressed up cones and colorful decorations, you can turn a simple ice cream social into the social event of the season. I invite you to stop by A Little Loveliness, where travel is on the menu and making memories is always in season!