I recently visited Austin, Texas to present at a conference, and obviously had to make a point to sample a local scoop. After doing some research, I came across a much-talked-about cocktail bar / ice cream shop combo called Prohibition Creamery that sounded well worth the visit. Two of my favorite guilty pleasures in one place? Yes, please!
It didn’t take much to coerce my co-presenter that this would be the perfect venue for a post-session celebratory treat. Still on an adrenaline high from our presentation, we ignored the chilly 36 degree November weather and hopped into a Lyft to be whisked off to the front door of a cozy little house-like establishment.
Inside, a friendly bartender / scoop master greeted us with a smile from behind an old-school wood-clad bar. Off to the left was a parlor room with an assortment of cafe tables and comfy chairs that was a cross between a olde tyme ice cream parlor and hipster coffee shop. The space was just begging you to take a seat and hunker down for a while. A young woman in the corner typing feverishly at the keys of her laptop, deep in concentration with headphones in ears, clearly agreed. I am envious of her work hub.
We took a seat at the bar and I was completely overwhelmed by the options. Boozy milkshakes, cocktail-inspired sundaes, liquor-flavored ice creams with your choice of a pour-over shot, or a classic scoop of ice cream paired with a traditional cocktail….where to begin?!
After much deliberation, sampling, and grilling the bartender, I settled on the Deconstructed Old Fashioned sundae. An Old Fashioned is one of my go-to cocktails, and this fun dessert version did not disappoint.
They did an amazing job of creatively reconstructing all the essential elements of the classic cocktail into sundae form. The bourbon ice cream had wonderful smooth texture and was just the right amount of creamy to hold up against a pronounced (but not drunken) bourbon liquor flavor. This was topped with a feather-light bourbon-laced whipped cream that was just subtly sweet and of-so fresh. Crunchy angostura marshmallows, punchy candied orange and a boozy cherry on top were the perfect final flourishes of flavor and texture.
Before deciding on this tasty treat, I also tried the Irish Coffee and Whisky Chocolate with Boozy Brownie Bits ice cream flavors. The Irish Coffee was your standard Baileys flavor, and creamy smooth. The chocolate wasn’t as flavorful, nor creamy enough for my taste, though struck a fair balance against super rich fudge brownie pieces.
My co-presenter tested out the Triple Bourbon Milkshake and gave it a 4.9 scoop score. I have no basis for his rating, but given how quickly he slurped it down, I have no doubt it was tasty!
All in all, this was a fun, quirky stop – just what I’d expect of Austin. I will have to make a point to stop again when work isn’t calling to fully embrace its intoxicating chill-out attitude.
Total score: 4.4 scoops