Cherry Moonshine Ice Cream and Jolt Cola Float!
Making home mad ice cream is fairly easy to do. When I was a kid, we used the old fashion hand powered gear driven ice cream maker, a bunch of ice and rock salt to churn ice cream outdoors in the summertime. After making a few batches of ice cream the hard way, the parents gave up on trying to pinch pennies and they bought a cheap ice cream maker that had an electric motor. The motor was so weak, that the ice cream always ended up being like fast food soft serve stuff that melts quickly. Making ice cream with that weak machine was only about as good as making milkshakes.
Later during my chef career, I had access to industrial strength ice cream machines that really pumped out a nice product. A pastry chef that I worked with at a highly rated resort, used a high quality home style ice cream machine to make small batch sorbet. The sorbet was served by the teaspoonful as a complimentary palate freshening muse between courses. I really liked that little ice cream machine, because we also used it to experiment with new ice cream flavor.
I recently got a Brevelle small batch ice cream machine that can be run fully automated or it can be programmed manually. So far, I have made a few nice new ice cream flavors that rather unique. Cherry Moonshine Ice Cream is the latest flavor and it turned out just right. It did take a little bit of thought to figure out how to retain the alcohol content, without having the alcohol melt the ice cream. This ice cream has withstood the test of time. The ice cream has been in the freezer for a couple of weeks and the alcohol has not separated. The idea of using pectin to make cherry moonshine jelly, before adding it to the ice cream as it churned through the soft serve stage seemed to do the trick.
The Cherry Moonshine Ice Cream was designed for making gourmet floats. This ice cream is soft like Italian Gelato, so it melts with the cold soda over a period of about 20 to 25 minutes, which is just right for comfort's sake. Cherry Moonshine Ice Cream does contain alcohol, so this is not a frozen dessert treat for children or expectant mothers to be.
• Since the ice cream recipe was published already, a hyperlink is provided, which opens a new page for easy reference: Cherry Moonshine Ice Cream
Lightning Strikes Twice Ice Cream Float:
Jolt Cola is a specialty soft drink that contains double the amount of caffeine. The caffiene is natural and it is not a chemical derivative. Glass bottles of Jolt are the best, especially if going green is the goal. The Jolt lightning bolt logo gives creedance to the name of today's float!
Marjoram is a pleasant aromatic herb that has a luxurious mint and mild oregano flavor. Marjoram adds a nice effect!
Place 2 scoops of the Cherry Moonshine Ice Cream in an old fashioned 16 to 20 oz soda glass. (About 3 ounces per scoop)
Slowly pour chilled Jolt Cola into the glass, till a foamy head appears.
Place a straw in the glass.
Place a fancy cocktail umbrella in the straw.
Garnish with petite marjoram sprigs.
Serve the extra Jolt Cola on the side in its own bottle.
Serve with a long handle sundae spoon.
Cola Float fans will really like it when lightning strikes twice. Moonshine White Lightning and Jolt Cola Lightning! Shazam!
Cactus Joe's Blue Diamond Nursery is a one of a kind place. Cactus Joe's is a destination that should be on the list of places to go for locals and visitors of Las Vegas. This is no ordinary cactus nursery. Cactus Joe's is an experience!
Some say Cactus Joe's is a destination for the soul. Some say it is a great place to find bargains on cactus and artistic garden decor. Some say it is a religious experience. Everyone agree that this nursery is a great place to relax and stroll, while casually shopping for one of a kind items.
People have been known to spend an entire day at Cactus Joe's. There is no fee or cover charge. Making a purchase covers the price of admission. The staff at Cactus Joe's are so polite, that even the hint of a sales expectation is not mentioned. Sales is what keeps the place in business, so by spending the almighty dollar this unique peaceful garden shop will be around for years to come.
If an item is damaged or sun faded, the staff usually offers a discount on the item voluntarily. That voluntary notion is rare in this modern world! The staff really care about cactus they sell and they lovingly nurture sick cactus back to health in the "cactus hospital" garden that is onsite. Cactus Joe's staff is second to none, when it comes to cactus knowledge and they are happy to answer any questions.
The artwork, ceramics, iron works and pottery are way beyond just merely being interesting. The artistic garden product inventory constantly changes with the season and recently an Anasazi theme was adopted. There were rustic ladders reproductions of the same kind of ladders that the Anasazi used to access their cliff dwellings. Plenty of Native American and Mexican style pottery and metal works were up for sale. As one can see in the photos above, these items are one of a kind!
Something else that was new at Cactus Joe's Blue Diamond Nursery was a desert rock maze! The rock maze is a nice experience for children and adults can enjoy the maze too. Semi precious gems, geodes and petrified wood can be found inside the rock shop. Fine jewelry can be found at Cactus Joe's specialty store that is located next to the rock maze. Desert theme artworks and pottery can be found on the entire site. During the winter months, the cactus are housed to protect them from the cold. In the summer, each cactus species is grouped on the entire grounds.
If you are visiting town and you purchase large items at the nursery, arrangements can be made to have the items shipped. The staff is very helpful with loading cactus and large items into vehicles too.
Cactus Joe's is at a higher elevation than Las Vegas. This nursery is close to Red Rock Canyon in the Spring Mountains. During the hot summer months, this nursery is a great place to visit, because it is about fifteen degrees cooler than the valley and a refreshing mountain breeze happens often. Cactus Joe's is a great place to chill out when the valley temperatures are sky high.
Cactus Joe's Blue Diamond Nursery is located west on Blue Diamond Road (Route 160), where Blue Diamond Road intersects with Route 159. By following oRoute 159 a couple blocks north toward Red Rock Canyon, Cactus Joe's can be seen on the east side of the road. Route 159 runs between Blue Diamond Road and Charleston Boulevard. Route 159 runs the entire length of Red Rock Canyon and it is a pretty scenic drive.
I have been doing business with Cactus Joe's for many years. There have been times when I have gone there just to take a leisurely stroll and soak up the interesting sights. Even though shopping was not on my mind, I always found something interesting to purchase and bring home. During the weeks before I did my chemotherapy a few years ago, I spent a lot of time at the nursery gathering my thoughts. I had an extensive cactus garden of my own back then and the cactus that were purchased at this nursery were always vigorous with new growth.
I highly recommend Cactus Joe's for both down to earth ecological and intangible reasons! I am sure that you will find reasons of your own.
Just like the old sign says, "Thru These Gates Walk The Greatest People In The World!"
* The collection of Cactus Joe's Nursery photos were previously published in a different article that was in need of extensive editing. Moving the photos to today's article was done to keep the readers of this website who happen to be Cactus Joe's fans on the happy side of life!