We are surrounded by beautiful ripe peaches in the summer and what could be a better way to use them than in some ice cream with some bourbon? Well, maybe grilling them first could make it even more fun and add some extra flavor. This Grilled Peach-Bourbon ice cream pairs wonderfully with more peach slices and of course, a nice glass of bourbon, which your friends will thank you for.

Grilled Peach-Bourbon Ice Cream Recipe

While grilling the peaches doesn’t add a ton of “grilled” or smokey flavor to the ice cream, it does cook the peaches which intensifies their flavor and eliminates the need to make a peach syrup for the ice cream. If you don’t have a grill handy, it’s fine to cook the peaches in a skillet with a little butter.

Grilled Peach-Bourbon Ice Cream Recipe

I used Yellow Peaches for this recipe, but you could use whatever kind of peaches look best at the market. After the peaches are peeled and grilled, you make a simple ice cream base, add the bourbon, chill and spin it in your ice cream machine.

Grilled Peach-Bourbon Ice Cream Recipe

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Grilled Peach-Bourbon Ice Cream Recipe

Grilled Peach-Bourbon Ice Cream

A boozy smooth and creamy grilled peach ice cream with a hint of bourbon to balance out the sweetness.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 1 1/2 quarts


  • 1 1/2 lb peaches
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons bourbon


  • Peel the peaches by scoring a small X on the bottom with a pairing knife, then place in boiling water for 30 seconds and then into an ice bath. Use a pairing knife to pull the skin off. Cut in half and remove the stone.
  • Heat your grill on high and wipe with canola oil to prevent sticking. Grill the peaches on both sides until they have some nice color. A skillet with a little butter can also be used to caramelize the peaches if a grill is not handy. Purée the grilled peach halves in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  • Heat the cream, milk, sugar and salt in a sauce pan over medium heat while whisking to completely dissolve the sugar (about 4 to 5 minutes).
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks, then gradually pour about 1 cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk bowl, while continually whisking to temper the eggs. Add the tempered egg yolk mixture back to the pan while whisking until it just comes to a simmer. Add the bourbon and then remove the pan from the heat. Add the peach purée and chill completely.
  • Spin the ice cream mixture according to the manufacturer's instructions, then freeze for at least 5 hours, or overnight.

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  1. 5 stars
    Spending a vacation in Savannah with friends and we happened to have peaches and an ice cream maker: It was a little planned. This ice cream is absolutely delicious and the bourbon was an added bonus. We served with caramelized pecans, which added to the deliciousness. Thank you for your efforts to add bourbon!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing, Susan! I bet you had the best peaches in the world to use there in Georgia. Caramelized pecans would be amazing with this ice cream. I think I need to add it as a suggestion in the recipe. Have a great vacation!