New Yorker writer James Thurber once said, “One martini is all right. Two is too many, and three is not enough.” The Columbus native and storied humorist would know—he’d often sit in a bar in downtown Columbus and sip on the classic gin cocktail.
So when, in 2012, Jeni was creating flavors inspired by American writers—lighthearted caricatures of some of our favorite literary folks—we knew Thurber and his martinis had to be in the mix. And it must be a smile-inducing flavor as cooly invigorating and bracing as the first sip of a day-capping martini.
That’s where Jeni started, contemplating how to express notes of gin in ice cream without necessarily using alcohol. That led her to stories of bathtub gin—a popular, potent concoction made during Prohibition—specifically a handwritten recipe from author F. Scott Fitzgerald that masked the high-proof, homemade booze with juniper berries and lemon peel. So she infused sweet cream with cool notes of juniper berries, then added a swirl of tart, scratch-made lemon curd for an ice cream as refreshing and balanced as a perfect cocktail.
We’ve revived this spirited ice cream—Juniper & Lemon Curd—as part of this year’s Winter Collection. We think it captures the wit of James Thurber with the wisdom of Fitzgerald (if an ice cream can do that). And it’s exactly the sort of bright, palate-waking flavor we crave during the dead of winter.