What You Need: Boozy Ice Cream From the Bahamas + Luxury Rum From Miami
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That the result of the new partnership between Atlantis Paradise Island and New York’s Tipsy Scoop comes with the warning “Enjoy Responsibly” inspires a bit of a snicker, considering how we couldn’t imagine anyone really ending up on all fours after bingeing on boozy ice cream. And if we’re being perfectly honest, as we have spent the last fifteen months of this long and terrible COVID crisis acting in the absolute most responsible of ways, we’re pretty much ready to move on to at least some measured version of irresponsibility.
Luckily, a pair of epicurean discoveries have converged to bring us to the revelation of the perfect new summer indulgence. Laying the groundwork is that aforementioned collab between one of the Caribbean’s most extravagant resorts, and Gotham’s premiere purveyor of spirits-infused ice cream. It’s important to note here that the former opened The Cove in 2007 as a luxury, upscale alternative to the more family oriented main attraction; its Sip Sip restaurant, overseen by Chef Julie Lightbourn, is now a world class dining destination. So its gastronomic side-endeavors would surely tend towards more sophisticated tastes – as the new Atlantis Paradise Island Guava Lime Cocktail Ice Cream most definitely does. A vegan/dairy-free concoction with a coconut base, its guava + rum infusions make it a refreshing, breezy-cool treat, especially if you’ll be confined to city life during long stretches of 90+ degree temps.
But wouldn’t you know, into our epicurean in-box also popped a bottle of Coconut Cartel Rum, launched in Miami in 2019, and already being served at such trendster-faves as the 1 Hotels, SoHo House, and EDITION Hotels. With its origins in Guatamela, it’s genuinely one of the smoothest, most velvety rums we’ve ever tasted, with an oaky sophistication that belies its approachable price (about $37). And while coconut water is added during distillation, there’s actually very little coconut flavor. Rather, notes of vanilla, and especially caramel dominate the sipping experience.
As they would tend to do, these dueling discoveries got us thinking about that classic Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup ad – so we created our own mashup of said boozy ice cream and revelatory rum to gloriously indulgent effect. Our ultimate recommend? Drop one scoop of the Atlantis Paradise Island Guava Lime Cocktail Ice Cream into a cocktail glass, and pour two ounces of chilled Coconut Cartel Rum over the top. Or double that if you’re feeling particularly decadent, and enjoy without a care in the world.