Frozen treats get ‘boozy makeover’ to help Houstonians say goodbye to summer in good spirits

HOUSTON -- We all hate to say goodbye to summer; the vacations, the staycations and -- dare we say it – the maxi dresses and short shorts, and there is no better way to send it off with a bang than with some frozen sweet treats full of spirits!

The Yellow Rose Distilling, Houston’s first legal whiskey distillery, teamed up with CityCentre for the 2nd annual “Spiked by the Scoop,” and the evening was full of good music, great treats and even more magnificent “booze-infused” ice cream.

Top culinary and cocktail teams from the city’s best restaurant and dining establishments concocted their best recipes of adult shakes, sundaes and sandwiches to try and freeze out the competition.

Attendees were given the opportunity to walk among the rows and sample it all, and drop a string of red beads for their top choices. The judges, which included Lily Jang, Marcy de Luna and Eric Sandler, then made their decisions on whose “chill” was the best “thrill.”

Our “personal” favorites were the Buttered Popcorn Bourbon Ice Cream from Karbach Brewing Co. and the Bananas Foster Ice Cream Sandwich from Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, but in the end, the majority ruled.

The judges agreed with us and chose Karbach Brewing Co. for first place, and Grub Burger Bar came in second. The Freezing Point was selected by the attendees as the crowd favorite.  But everything -- from everyone -- was absolutely delicious!

The event benefited Homemade Hope, a culinary-focused nonprofit that brings a taste of home to the homeless and at-risk children living in local shelters and transitional living centers.

It may be hard to say goodbye, but when you’re toasting with the good stuff, it can feel so good!

Participating restaurants included:

B&B Butchers & Restaurant – Brandon Walker

Bosscat Kitchen & Libations – Matt Sharp

BRIO Tuscan Grille – Danny Lucciola

Eddie V's Prime Seafood – Adam Plaisance

Fellini Gelato & Caffé – Daniel Albelice

Floss Dental CITYCENTRE – Dr. Elyse Sears

Grub Burger Bar – Steve Padgett

Honeychild's Sweet Creams – Kathleen Morgan

Karbach Brewing Company – Herlen Galvez and Chris Huot

Lee’s Creamery – Lee Ellis

Sweet & Mellow – Samantha Wright

Triniti/FM Burger – Caroline Ramirez

The Capital Grille – Jeffrey Meyer

Savory treats were provided by Texas de Brazil and live music from TC & The Cannonballs.