It’s a cocktail… it’s a sorbet… it’s both! And crueler than this lame opening, is that we have to wait two and half weeks to get our hands on the newest way of catching a buzz: in a boozy ice cream pint-off.
I actually do wish the boozy pint-off was a real, organized competition (hint, hint) but I’ll happily settle for testing the limits of my own consumption. The soon-to-be-opened Tipsy Scoop peddles ice-cream sandwiches, sorbets and other treats boasting a near 5% ABV content. That’s right, real, un-evaporated booze. In flavors like Rasberry Limoncello, Cake Batter Vodka Martini, Strawberry White Sangria and the all-time fave, Dark Chocolate Whiskey Salted Caramel. Can this article be a petition to open shop sooner?!
Oh, and it keeps getting better: given that we have to frighteningly inch our way towards midtown for a scoop of tipple, Tipsy Scoop is handing $1 scoops to the first 25 customers on opening day, May 7. And the first 50 customers can stumble on home with an #icecreamwasted tank and tote bag.
Melissa Tavss, the owner, has ice cream running in her blood. Her great-grandfather, Freddy Arcari, was president of the Ice Cream Alliance in Great Britain. Who knew this was a thing?! Just look that plaque!
About three years ago, a few videos of Tavss’ ice cream went viral. At the the time, it was only retailing out of grocery stores, and the ice cream was being made at a space “somewhere up in East Harlem, under a train station.” In mini-swarms, adventurous people made their way up there to try the stuff. Enough people showed up demanding scoops to convince Tavss to open a shop– and that’s what she did.
Tipsy Scoop, E 26th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Ave.