Milk and cookies, tea and biscuits, cider and doughnuts, champagne and cake— sweets are just sweeter when paired with the right sips. And vice versa—a drink is elevated to a course when joined by dessert. So what to drink with the handsdown best handheld summer treat: the ice cream sandwich?
Consider a glass of chilled red wine. While it’s not the dark liquor or beer you’re accustomed to seeing alongside ice cream, we think it’s a change your tastebuds will welcome. Tart fruits balanced by sweet cream make a winning flavor combo (think cobblers—another delicious summer sweet). The pair can be enjoyed solo, while savoring a sunset in the backyard, at a small dinner party or during a daytime BBQ. Just make sure there’s a freezer (to avoid meltdowns) and chill the wine to cellar temperature, around 55-60 degrees. Then lick, bite and sip your way to bliss.
If your sandwiches feature a fruit-forward ice cream flavor, like this Blood Orange Chocolate Chip scoop from Gingers in Los Angeles, pair with 2016 The Bluffer Valdiguié — a light-bodied wine with brambly fruits and bright acidity.
For rich ice cream sandwiches like chocolate or salted caramel, or with a classic It’s-It (oatmeal cookie sandwich with vanilla ice cream dipped in dark chocolate) from San Fransico, then drink the 2015 Rosa Obscura — a full-bodied red with smooth texture and juicy berry flavors.
For cookies & cream, like this trusty and classic Klondike Oreo Cookie, go with the 2015 To Be Honest — a red blend with fruit and spice.