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Cocktail-inspired ice cream is taking over Miami

Coconut ice cream nestled between decadent bourbon-soaked chocolate cookies, anyone?

Wynwood Parlor's 'Piña Colada' ice cream sandwich made with pineapple coconut rum cookies and vegan toasted coconut (coconut milk) ice cream.
Wynwood Parlor's 'Piña Colada' ice cream sandwich made with pineapple coconut rum cookies and vegan toasted coconut (coconut milk) ice cream. (Courtesy of Wynwood Parlor and Dana Pucci PR)

MIAMI – With ice cream and alcohol being two of the top food requests across almost every food delivery platform, it only makes sense that people are looking for ways to combine their love of top-shelf spirits and Instagram-wothy, deliciously creamy ice cream.

Behold, “cocktail ice cream” — the newest, boozy craze among ice cream enthusiasts and ice cream shops across the Magic City. Now, the latest Miami-based ice cream shop to get behind the trend is Wynwood Parlor.

Wynwood Parlor, a black-owned, family business known for their handcrafted ice cream sandwiches made from small-batch cookies, artisan ice cream, and roll-on toppings, has launched a new cocktail-inspired ice cream sandwich collection that combines the best of both worlds for the ultimate boozy indulgence.

Wynwood Parlor's 'Miami Vice' ice cream sandwich made with strawberry cake cookies and vegan toasted coconut (coconut milk) ice cream. (Courtesy of Wynwood Parlor and Dana Pucci PR)

According to the shop, three of the flavors in the new collection are actually entirely vegan, made with their signature coconut milk ice cream.

The flavors in their new collection are: the Piña Colada with pineapple coconut rum cookies and vegan toasted coconut (coconut milk) ice cream, the Miami Vice with strawberry cake cookies and vegan toasted coconut (coconut milk) ice cream, the Bourbon Caramel Fudge with bourbon soaked chocolate cookies and vegan caramel fudge (coconut milk) ice cream rolled in mixed nuts, and lastly, but not least, the Vanilla Old Fashioned with bourbon soaked spice cake cookies and vanilla ice cream.

Wynwood Parlor's 'Bourbon Caramel Fudge' ice cream sandwich with bourbon soaked chocolate cookies and vegan caramel fudge (coconut milk) ice cream rolled in mixed nuts. (Courtesy of Wynwood Parlor and Dana Pucci PR)

The sandwiches are $7.50 each in-store and $15 for a 2-pack via third-party apps.

The black-owned, family business developed by Larry McMillion and his two young sons in 2016 has now expanded to a brick-and-mortar bar and ice cream lounge at Bay Parc residences in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood. Plus, they now ship nationwide via Goldbelly.

However, Wynwood Parlor isn’t the first ice cream parlor in Miami to jump on the cocktail ice cream bandwagon.

Miami Design District’s Aubi & Ramsa, the self-proclaimed “21+ ice cream,” literally checks for ID once patrons who are 21 or over enter their scoop shop-bar hybrid.

Aubi & Ramsa, whose flagship location is located in the Miami Design District, sells ice cream made with top-shelf alcoholic liquors and spirits, and since opening, they’ve expanded to locations across South Florida (and even Las Vegas).

The ice cream scoop shop truly mixes their ice creams with pure, top-shelf liquors and spirits, giving their Miami Design District patrons a little buzz as they explore the area. Some of their flavors include Agave Dulce de Leche, a dulce de leche ice cream made with Milagro Reposado tequila, Passion Fruit Margarita, a passion fruit sorbet made with Casamigos tequila, The Highland Truffle, a Belgian chocolate ice cream made with Macallan 12 Years, and more.

However, other classic scoop shops across Miami-Dade County have been sneaking in boozy ice cream flavors for years, such as Azucar Ice Cream in Little Havana and Midtown Creamery in Midtown.

In 2019, Azucar Ice Cream unveiled their “Boozy Flan ice cream” made with Havana Club Rum. Recently, Midtown Creamery unveiled a coquito flavor, made with authentic coquito-Infused ice cream.

For more information about Wynwood Parlor, click here. Plus, for more information on the shops mentioned above (or for tips on which boozy ice cream to order!) email me at nlopezalvar@wplg.com.


About the Author:

Nicole Lopez-Alvar is a Miami-born and raised journalist and TV personality covering South Florida and beyond for Local10.com.