Add Whipped Cream To Your Cocktails For A Flavorful Twist

Whipped cream isn't just for milkshakes and strawberry shortcake. Referred to as "milk snow" in the 16th century, whipped cream arguably has been making everything taste better for a long time, including alcoholic drinks. This favorite way to consume dairy turns cocktails into delicious and creamy creations. And while a cream cocktail may not be your go-to alcohol order when you are out for a drink with friends or the first thing you think of when planning a party or backyard soiree, once you consider all the virtues this ingredient is endowed with, you might want to reconsider. 

A dollop of whipped cream as a garnish atop your cool and refreshing piña colada may not be too inventive but incorporate it into your blended drink directly and its sweet, airy, and creamy taste will add a decadent element that might make you feel like you are have a very grown-up dessert. In fact, some of the most glorious cocktails use whipped cream. A mudslide, which is generally made with Kahlúa, vodka, Irish cream, ice cream, and heavy cream is a great example of how whipped cream's base ingredient can turn a cocktail into a masterpiece that makes a mouth salivate in anticipation of the next sip. But when it's whipped up, it's a game changer.

Flavor your whipped cream

Break out the shaker because whipped cream can add texture to your cocktail in a way that not only compliments but enhances a drink's flavor with its lighter than air consistency. And of course, there is that velvety, subtly sweet richness that is inherent to heavy whipping cream, made sweeter once whipped with sugar. Adding whipped cream to a cocktail can help particularly if there are strong bitter or sour components to a drink, creating a balance of flavor that is appealing to the palate. Whipped cream is truly a unicorn ingredient.

Speaking of adding flavor, whipped cream can be customized and flavored to create yet another layer of complexity to your cocktail. Add a little vanilla, orange, almond, coconut, or peppermint extract to your whipped cream, and the taste of a cocktail can achieve nirvana for the taste buds. A chocolate martini could transform into a chocolate peppermint martini for something seasonal and festive or top off that coconut martini with a spoonful of whipped cream flavored with coconut for a summertime twist. 

Using whipped cream in your cocktails can create some fun experiments with flavor that lead to delicious drinks. Cheers!