Strawberry Ice Cream

Strawberry Ice Cream has been at the top of my list of ice creams to make since we bought our ice cream maker last summer. Since temperatures have been soaring here in Illinois (103 degree heat index!) I decided give this irresistible strawberry ice cream recipe a try.

As any kid will tell you, eating ice cream is the most effective way to stay cool, right? 😉 Homemade ice cream speckled with chunks of  luscious strawberries and a hint of lemon make this summer dessert completely irresistible! You might be wondering why three tablespoons of vodka are included in the recipe. The vodka prevents the ice cream and strawberry chunks from becoming too hard in the freezer. The result is a creamy and luscious homemade ice cream that is guaranteed to cool you off on a sweltering summer day!


Strawberry Ice Cream



1 ½ cups heavy cream
1 ¼ cups whole milk
1 cup sugar, divided
6 egg yolks
1 quart (4 cups) strawberries, hulled and sliced
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons vodka


Set a fine mesh strainer over a medium sized bowl and set the bowl over a large container of ice water.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat the cream, milk, and 1/4 cup sugar stirring occasionally, until steam appears and the liquid is hot (175 degrees) about 5 minutes.
When the milk mixture is cooking, in a separate bowl, whisk the yolks and 1/4 cup of sugar together until smooth. Slowly whisk about 1 cup of the hot milk mixture into the yolks to temper them. Then slowly whisk the tempered yolk mixture back into the remaining hot milk mixture. Continue to cook the custard mixture over medium heat until it is very hot but not simmering (180-185 degrees).
Pour the custard mixture into the strainer bowl set in the ice bath and let cool, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes. Remove the custard mixture from the ice bath, cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold (40 degrees), about 3 hours.
While the custard mixture is chilling, bring the strawberries, salt, and remaining 1/2 cup of sugar to a simmer in a medium sized saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook, smashing the berries slightly, until they have released their juices and are broken down, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until needed.
Strain the strawberry mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Reserve the strained strawberries. Stir the strained juices, vanilla, and lemon into the chilled custard mixture. Pour the mixture into the ice cream canister and churn following the manufacturers instructions until the mixture resembles soft served ice cream. Toss the strained strawberries with the vodka and add to the machine when there is about 2 minutes remaining before the churning is complete.
Transfer the ice cream to an airtight container. Cover the container and freeze the ice cream until it is firm, about 3 hours.

Looking for more ice cream recipes? Here are more frozen favorites I like to make when the weather heats up! :)

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16 Responses to “Strawberry Ice Cream”

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    Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow — July 13, 2011 @ 11:46 am

    Yum! I want a big scoop right now!

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    Kim Beaulieu — July 13, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    Looks delicious. I just made strawberry too minus the vodka. I just cannot seem to get a good picture of it though. I keep smearing ice cream on the camera lens when I move the bowl around. Lol!

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    Caroline — July 13, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    I love homemade strawberry ice cream–this looks delicious! I don’t make it often, but I had no idea vodka helped with the texture. Too cool!

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    chicaandaluza — July 13, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    I really need to make space in my freezer for the bowl of my ice cream maker. This looks wonderful and I love all your other ice cream and sherbets too!

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    Maris(In Good Taste) — July 13, 2011 @ 8:27 pm

    What an amazing tip about the vodka. Makes alot of sense!

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    Rach @ This Italian Family — July 13, 2011 @ 10:36 pm


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    Kay aka Babygirl — July 14, 2011 @ 12:46 am

    I LOVE ice cream and I haven’t eaten homemade strawberry ice cream in such a long time. Love this recipe. Thanks for sharing this

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    Tiff — July 14, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    I can never get enough ice cream! (My belt may disagree, but that’s a different story.)

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    Kim Beaulieu — July 14, 2011 @ 3:36 pm

    Lol! It’s ice cream summer. I have a strawberry banana posting soon. Just got in and hoping it is frozen enough to photograph. I like your pictures better. I still suck at that part of this blog thing. I am doing a new movement if you wanna join me called ” Ice Cream Sunday”. If you want to make some let me know and I’ll post a link to your site. Going to do it every sunday for the summer.

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    Peggy — August 8, 2011 @ 7:10 am

    Oh this sounds perfect for summer! We just made peach ice cream last night, but strawberry is definitely going to have to be put on the list for what to try next =)

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    pat — June 20, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    strawberry ice cream is my favorite. I am ready to make it right now. Your instructions make it so easy. Thanks

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