Thursday, August 25, 2011

Grapico Ice Cream

It's still hot here in my neck of the woods. Each and every year around this time, the sweltering southerners start thinking two things:

1) "This has been the hottest summer of my life!"-Of course it hasn't been. Not really. In my memory, the hottest summer was many years ago, when I was about 3 or 4. I can still remember my little legs sticking to the seats of my parents car. I wasn't sure if my skin had melted into that burgundy vinyl or vice versa. Yet, within minutes afterward, that freakishly hot vinyl had created so much sweat on the backs of my legs, I thought I was going to slip right off the seat. Oh the memories....

2) "This summer is never going to end!"-Ok, so maybe we're a bit dramatic, but it does start to feel that way when your summer season runs from about March to November!

So, if you're sweating out the dog days of summer as well, then I've got the perfect recipe for you. Well, I have the perfect recipe for you if you live in the South. It is my understanding that Grapico (a carbonated grape drink) is only sold in the South. I can't say for sure, since I've never thought to look for a Grapico on the rare occasions that I've traveled outside of my hometown. But, if this is the case, perhaps you could use some other grape soft drink, or you could certainly use another flavor.

This recipe is probably the simplest form of ice cream you will come across. You'll find a few variations on this, but this is my favorite.


Grapico Ice Cream

2 liter of Grapico
3 cans of condensed milk (not evaporated)

Stir together Grapico and condensed milk. Refrigerate overnight or at least 6 hours until mixture is chilled.
Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer's directions.


Tangled Mess said...

This post just made my day! I haven't had Grapico since I was 10 years old, but I still remember it as being better by far than any other grape soda (and at the age of 10 you know about these things). My father was born and raised in Alabama, but his whole family moved to Texas (I can't imagine why) when he was a teen. I've only been back there the one time (I say back because I've always felt like *I'm* from there because of all the stories he shared). Anyway, he LOVED Grapico, and of course shared it with us. We brought some back from that visit, and I haven't had it since. It definitely is not available over here.

I think I will have to see if I can order it online. And I absolutely MUST try this sweet little recipe! Thank you for the recipe and for triggering great memories.

Claire said...

I have never heard of grapico! I do love grape-flavored stuff thought so I'm sure I would love this. I can't wait for summer to be over, i'm sure it's not as bad in NY as it is in the South though! thanks for sharing this great recipe!

Rug Cleaning Santa Monica said...

What an amazing treat! Can't wait to try it :D

Cindy said...

Sound great! I wonder does it work on other soft drink too?

Reshmi said...

i can die for it....refreshing one..

Unknown said...

So....... simple but so beautiful!

Leslie said...

lol...ahh yes the vinyl seats! My mom had them in her 70's VW bug. I totally remember all the leg sweat!!! lol

Jackie @Syrup and Biscuits said...

How delightful! I've made this with orange Nehi.

When we sat down on a hot car seat, I remember my granddaddy always saying, "I smell ham a-fryin'!"

Anonymous said...

I want to try it!!!!