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Root Beer Gelato

Root Beer Gelato is simply vanilla gelato flavored with root beer extract. I used Watkins, but any brand will do. Adjust the root beer flavoring to suit your taste.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Cookie Madness


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons root beer flavoring I used Watkins
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Put the milk in a saucepan and heat until it begins to simmer.
  • Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and salt.
  • Slowly pour about half the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly, then pour it all back into the saucepan. Heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until mixture reaches 185F.
  • Remove from heat and pour into a bowl or into a rectangular casserole dish (for faster cooling). Whisk in the heavy cream, then whisk in the root beer flavoring and vanilla.
  • Let cool slightly at room temperature and then chill for 6 hours or overnight.
  • Pour into ice cream maker and churn according to manufacturer's direction. Freeze for another hour or so before serving.


Root Beer Syrup
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon root beer extract
Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, stir well, and let cool. Add the extract.
This mixture is very strong. To use it, simply spoon a very tiny amount over the root beer ice cream.