April 25, 2017

RECIPE CORNER:Summer drinks for young & old


By Ginger Isham


Coffee ice cream with chocolate sauce is a favorite of mine. Maybe some of these recipes will become your favorites. Serve on a hot summer day and experiment with different kinds of ice cream.


Coffee Punch

1 quart of strong coffee

1 quart of milk

1 pint half and half

1 bottle chocolate syrup, 16 ounce size

1 8-ounce container Cool Whip

1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream, maybe

Blend all ingredients in punch bowl, adding scoops of ice cream last. Make your own substitutions for cool whip and ice cream. Makes 1 gallon.


Best Coffee Shake

1 cup strong coffee

1 3-ounce bar of milk chocolate, broken in bits

3 cups chocolate, coffee or vanilla ice cream

Put coffee and chocolate bits in blender and blend until chocolate bits are chopped fine. Add ice cream and blend all just until mixed. Makes 2 servings.


Strawberry or Raspberry Romanoff

2 cups vanilla ice cream (try French vanilla)

1 cup fresh strawberries or raspberries

1 tablespoon sugar

3 ounces of Grand Marnier

1/2 cup whipping cream (use all purpose or light)

Blend all ingredients until smooth and serve in large wine glasses. You can serve it over cubes of pound cake and add a fresh sprig of mint.


Strawberry Ice Cream Soda

1 1/2 cups milk

1 10-ounce package of frozen strawberries

1 pint of strawberry ice cream

1 16-ounce bottle club soda

Blend on high speed the milk and strawberries. Divide into six glasses. Add a scoop of strawberry ice cream to each glass and slowly fill glasses with club soda.

Ginger Isham lives with her husband on a fifth generation family farm on Oak Hill Road.



  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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