Labor Day is just around the corner and it often serves as a marker of seasonal milestones… the end of summer, the beginning of school, the start of pumpkin spice season, and the end of ice cream’s yearly reign. So it is only natural that the holiday serves as one last long weekend to sit back, relax, and enjoy the last fleeting days of warm weather. What better way to do that then with a glass of wine and a bowl of homemade ice cream? The sweetly named, JaM Cellars, sent me a few bottles of their JaM Cabernet to pair with a recipe, so naturally I created a Four Fruit Jam ice cream. Life without a little cheekiness is not worth living, am I right?
Like most responsible, sophisticated adults, I bust out the good alcohol for special holidays. Oh, okay I use the holiday as an excuse to pop open a great bottle of wine. Regardless, my definition of ‘not laboring’ on Labor Day inevitably requires sipping on a yummy alcoholic beverage. JaM Cab is my drink of choice this upcoming long weekend. Bursting with juicy, dark berries and offering up a mouthful of rich and velvety flavors, it is an ideal way to soak in the remaining days of summer. And with strong hints of berry-liciousness seeping throughout, it pairs beautifully with my Four Fruit Jam ice cream. If cabernets aren’t your thing, don’t despair! JaM Cellars has two other easy-to-love California wines: Butter Chardonnay and Toast Sparkling. So find the closest retailer here, grab a bottle, whip up a batch of our ice cream, and then send me a ‘thank you’ note.
FOUR FRUIT JAM ICE CREAM
- 1/2 cup of Four Fruit Jam
- 2 cups of whole milk
- 1 cup of heavy cream
- 1/4 cup of sweetened condensed milk
- 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons of light corn syrup
- 3 tablespoons of cream cheese
- Put all the ingredients (except the jam) into a medium sized pot. Heat over medium heat and mix continuously until all the ingredients have dissolved. Should form a thick, creamy consistency. Remove from heat.
- Create an ice bath in a large bowl or pot. Transfer the mixture to a medium sized mixing bowl and place the bowl in the ice bath. Mix every few minutes and let sit until the mixture becomes chilled.
- Once chilled, transfer the mixture to an ice cream maker. Churn until a thick texture forms.
- Add the jam to the maker, allowing it to be churned in with the ice cream.
- Remove from the maker and place in a freezer-safe container. Freeze until hardened and then enjoy!
There you have it, non-laboring Labor Day goodness! And if you are concerned that I drank and ate all my holiday plans for this shoot, do not fret… I made extra ice cream and JaM Cellars sent me multiple bottles. I am all set. For more tips to spruce up your Labor Day plans, check out the article ‘Summer’s not done, chill with JaM!’ here and make sure to follow along on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with @JaMCellars and the hashtag #JaMCellars. Lastly, please drink responsibly and have a lovely holiday!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.