[NYC] Tipsy Scoop Barlour - Boozy Ice Cream

Since today is National Ice Cream day, thought I'd write a post about Tipsy Scoop in New York City.

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It's one of those shops that you always see show up on your newsfeed in one of those "viral videos." You know what I mean. They make the places seem great and all, but whenever I go, I'm typically a little less than impressed. 

This, however, was one of the few and far between exceptions. It did still have some faults, but it wasn't a majorly overpriced disappointment, which is a win.

One thing to note, it's 21+ only. They do card you, so make sure you have your ID out and ready.

So, the prices are never in the videos, as you know, unless it's an exorbitant amount of money. If you're going there with a close friend and you only want one scoop each, definitely go for the two scoops and share. The worker even told us to do that. He heard us contemplating doing the Flight of Four Flavors - the one everyone Instagrams. He said that's not the best deal and you actually get less ice cream and since we weren't super sold on the other two flavors, we should just stick with the double scoop.

My sister and I decided on the Dark Chocolate Whiskey Salted Caramel (top) for one scoop and the Maple Bacon Bourbon (bottom) for the other scoops.

These two scoops actually complemented each other quite well. The salt in the salted caramel and the salt from the bacon kind of melded together to create some cohesion, enhancing the sweetness of the caramel and the chocolate flavors.

The texture was a bit off, though. I liked it because I'm one of those people who likes to let my ice cream sit for a while and get kind of mushy (?). It's probably the alcohol that changes the freezing point. I have heard some people say they don't like that texture and that's why they hate this place. Just as a fair warning.

I don't think I would buy the Maple Bacon Bourbon again, though. It had chunks of bacon in it...I mean CHUNKS of bacon. It was also slightly beyond crisp, you know how sometimes when bacon get overcooked it's slightly powdery? That's what the texture was like. It was also oddly greasy. I mean I'm happy I tried it and maybe it was just an off day for the bacon cooking. I do think if you're a huge bacon fan, you should definitely try it because it REALLY tastes like bacon.

Then, I went back with my boyfriend a few weeks later, so I decided to combine the posts so as not to annoy you.

Since he likes the more fruity flavors and sorbets and I like deeper more savory flavors, we did a bit of a compromise. We ordered the Mango Margarita Sorbet (top) and the Strawberry Rhubarb Bourbon (bottom).

My theory from the first time about why the texture was a bit off may hold true. The Strawberry Rhubarb Bourbon flavor was very mushy, as you can see in the picture. The Mango Margarita Sorbet was slightly more frozen.

The Mango Margarita Sorbet was great. As I wrote in my Buddha Taco Bar post, his gauge of alcohol products is whether or not it tastes like rubbing alcohol and whether or not he becomes red. His review was quite positive because he loves mango sorbet and could kind of taste the tequila, but it wasn't too much like rubbing alcohol. "This is the way we should always consume alcohol." I don't typically like the Mango Sorbets he gets from Trader Joe's because I think it tastes really chemically, not fake, but kind of like...chemicals. This one wasn't super chemically and the tequila flavor was kind of understated.

I'm actually kind of medium about strawberry rhubarb flavors, mainly because the rhubarb can either be just right or else quite off/stringy/sour, in my opinion. This one was actually quite nice. It wasn't too sweet, it was quite balanced actually. The bourbon was a little more forward in this scoop. I would definitely recommend this flavor if you're okay with the texture being a little soft and you like fruity, yet savory/smoky flavors.

Again, we chose a pretty good pair. They worked quite well together. The sorbet is great for the lactose sensitive among us, yours truly included.

They have some of the flavors out front and some in the back.

This is the menu with prices. There's also a seasonal flavor. You can also take some home with you if you really like it. Tipsy Scoop also partnered with Konery to make their cone bowls.

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