This year Ramadan has been the hottest. It makes me wonder how all who are fasting are keeping up! I hope all of them are hydrating well after sundown. Each year, Ramadan also inspires me to try something new keeping up with the local tastes and ingredients. Vimto features prominently in all the Bahraini households that I know. Vimto is a mixed berry drink that is quite high on sugar but works wonders after a day of no food and drink. Usually Vimto is simply mixed with water and tonnes of ice to create a refreshing drink at home. It is also served at restaurants as an accompaniment to dinner.
When I tried Vimto for the very first time, I wasn’t impressed. To me it tasted like medicine at that time and I vowed never to try it again. It was not until several years later that in 2016 that I tried Vimto at a local cafe that I actually found the flavour interesting. With tonnes of ice after a walk in souq, under the hot sun, Vimto revived my sagging spirits. Since then, I have enjoyed this drink on and off. This Ramadan, I felt like experimenting with this much-loved syrup-drink and thought that ice – cream was the safest way to do so.
While researching this drink, I found this interesting trivia that really surprised me –
“This purple drink was first manufactured in Manchester in 1908 ( 105 years ago) and made from grape, blackcurrant and raspberry flavouring and lot of sugar”
Also the Vimto sold in the Gulf states is thought to be even higher in sugar levels than that sold in Western countries.
With this interesting trivia engaging my thoughts, I embarked on creating this simple 4 -ingredient ice cream at home. This ice cream uses Fresh cream, whole milk, Condensed milk and Vimto.
It was very happy with the way the ice cream turned out especially because I don’t have an ice cream maker. It was creamy and the Vimto flavour was spot on.
- 3 cups whole milk
- 2 cups fresh cream
- 1 cup vimto
- 1 tin condensed milk
- Blend the condensed milk with whole milk well.
- Add Vimto to this mix
- Whip the fresh cream until it form soft peaks and fold it into the mix. ( if you feel it is not folding well, just don't bother and blend it all in)
- Pour it in a container and cover it.
- Freeze it for atleast 2.5 hours or 3 hours and then bring it out. Give it a good mix to break all the ice formation until the ice cream is creamy.
- Send it back to the freezer for another 3 hours, bring it out again and blend it again to break the ice;
- Do this atleast 4-5 times for the creamiest texture.
- Serve the Vimto ice scoops with berries