I Tried the Truly x Tipsy Scoop Hard Seltzer Ice Cream
It’s a modern marvel.
Back in June, liquor-infused ice cream shop Tipsy Scoop and Truly Hard Seltzer announced a collaboration that no one saw coming. The brands somehow infused ice cream with hard seltzer, generally comprised of no more than carbonated water, alcohol and fruit flavoring – two things that seem at odds with each other. Wouldn’t bubbly water just make ice cream a lot less, well, creamy?
Surprisingly: Yes and no.
I got my hands on the Truly Lemonade Ice Cream & Spiked Seltzer Bundle, a collection that includes four pints, each flavored with one of Truly’s Lemonade line flavors – Original Lemonade, Black Cherry, Strawberry and Mango – plus four corresponding cans (for floats, of course). According to their website, Truly Lemonade is the “perfect mix of lemonade and seltzer,” which, with a more robust flavor base, at least partially explains how the pints are possible.
I was skeptical, but when I first opened the Original Lemonade pint, I was surprised to find not something akin to a lemon sorbet, but a creamy, white mixture – something closer to a sherbet. When I dug my spoon in, it felt airier, but not icier, than a typical ice cream. And when I tasted it, the gently flavored lemony spoonful melted in my mouth instantly. It had the feel of hard seltzer – light and fleeting – but still had the indulgent, satisfying form of ice cream. As for the taste of alcohol? Faint – just like in any good can of hard seltzer. If a pint were to truly embody a can of Truly, this would be it.
As for the others, the Black Cherry had the strongest flavor – without tasting artificial – and I loved it. Like the Original Lemonade, it comes in the form of an ice cream.
The other two flavors, Strawberry and Mango, are sorbets. Free of dairy, they’re a bit more refreshing, and both don’t skimp on their respective fruit flavors. The strawberry is a bit denser, while the mango reminded me more of an Italian ice.
The bundle is available through Tipsy Scoop for $60 (local delivery or pick-up only). Although, if you’d like to opt out of the Truly cans, you can just get the pints for $48.
And if you don’t live near a Tipsy Scoop shop, you can order the bundle through Goldbelly for $89 with free nationwide shipping.