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Chocolate Chilli Mezcal Ice Cream

Mezcal ice cream is surprisingly good. Let’s face it, any ice cream that’s boozy is either good or great.

Mezcal is a Mexican spirit made from agave. Genuine Mezcal contains a worm that is meant to be eaten. Some say it “unlocks the door to a world of wonderous experiences”.

This recipe doesn’t include the worm, but the ice cream will unlock wonderous experiences for you. I used Monte Alban Mezcal, which is available in most good liquor outlets.

What are the ingredients?

To make the perfect ice cream you’ll need these ingredients in addition to the usual components of ice cream (milk, cream, sugar, vanilla):

  • Monte Alban Mezcal or a similar Mezcal.
  • Chilli flakes.
  • Dark chocolate. I used Darrell Lea 72% Cocoa Chocolate.

If you don’t have access to Mezcal you can always use Tequila. Otherwise, make this chilli and mint ice cream which is also a delicious ice cream with a bit of heat in it.

This Mezcal ice cream recipe is a modification of Brandon’s at Kitchen Konfidence.

mezcal ice cream in a bowl

Chocolate Chilli Mezcal Ice Cream

A tasty chocolate ice cream with a flavor hit of Mezcal.
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Course: Dessert
Keyword: chocolate, ice cream, mezcal
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Freeze time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes


  • 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups thickened cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp mezcal
  • 100 gm quality dark chocolate
  • Chilli flakes, to taste


  • Add sweetened condensed milk and salt to a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Whisk egg yolks in another medium bowl and set aside.
  • Heat heavy cream, milk and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. As the liquid begins to simmer, remove from heat. Slowly pour a cup of the heated milk into the eggs and whisk constantly to ensure eggs don't start cooking. Pour egg mixture back into the original saucepan and continue cooking on medium heat until the base thickens and can coat the back of a spoon. Do not let boil.
  • Strain the heated liquid into the bowl with the sweetened condensed milk and stir.
  • Allow the custard base to cool then stir in the buttermilk and vanilla essence and add chilli flakes. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and let chill in the refrigerator for 2 days, yes 2 days. It really infuses the flavours.
  • Stir the magical Mezcal into the chilled custard base. Add the chilled custard base to your ice cream maker and churn to your manufacturer's instructions.
  • As the ice cream churns, melt the chocolate on a low heat in a saucepan. Once melted, allow to cool completely.
  • Once churning is complete add the ice cream to an airtight container. As you layer in the ice cream, pour in streaks of melted chocolate.
  • Allow the ice cream to freeze at least 3 hours before serving.


Make sure you melt the chocolate early enough so that it has cooled completely before adding to the ice cream. Any heat added to the ice cream will create ice crystals and trust me, the Mezcal worm frowns on ice crystals.

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