Summer's Best Homemade Ice Cream

Nothing says summertime like the whir of the ice cream freezer. Whether you're cranking it by hand or letting the motor do the work, the result is cool, creamy pleasure.

  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Ice Cream
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Strawberry-Rhubarb Ice Cream

    Make a nonalcoholic version of this grown-up ice cream by substituting cranberry juice cocktail for the wine.
  • Caramelized Fig Ice Cream
    Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Caramelized Fig Ice Cream

    No ice cream maker required. This recipe is ready fast but needs three hours to refreeze for the perfect consistency. Fresh figs are the key ingredient in this over-the-top ice cream.
  • Peachy Peach Ice Cream
    James Carrier

    Peachy Peach Ice Cream

    It's hard to imagine a more fresh, summery combination than that of peaches and homemade ice cream.
  • Fresh Mint Ice Cream
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Fresh Mint Ice Cream

    This make-ahead creamy treat is the refreshing end to a meal and is the ideal dessert for summertime entertaining.
  • Salted Caramel Ice Cream
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Salted Caramel Ice Cream

    It is hard to beat the sweet and salty flavor of this indulgent yet lightened ice cream.
  • <p>Nectarine Rose Gelato</p>

    Nectarine Rose Gelato

    Rose water brings out the floral quality in nectarines (who knew they're in the same botanical family?). For the creamiest texture, serve this the same day it's made.
  • Key Lime Pie Ice Cream
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Jan Gautro

    Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

    One spoonful of this ice cream version of key lime pie will take you to a tropical paradise–at least in your mind.
  • Peppermint Ice Cream
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Peppermint Ice Cream

    Refresh yourself with the bright tingle of peppermint candies in a frozen custard treat.
  • Sweet Corn Ice Cream
    Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Randy Mon

    Sweet Corn Ice Cream

    Celebrate fresh produce by introducing it to the final course of the night: Dessert. Sweet corn is a favorite ice cream flavor in Mexico, so serve this kernel-laden treat at your next fiesta.
  • No-Cook Strawberry Ice Cream

    No-Cook Strawberry Ice Cream

    This creamy homemade ice cream doesn't start with an egg-based custard, so it doesn't require cooking. Just combine three kinds of milk with sugar and strawberries, and pour into the ice cream freezer. If you’re not a strawberry fan, try the Chocolate-Almond or Peach version.
  • Peach Cobbler Ice Cream with Bourbon-Caramel Sauce
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    Peach Cobbler Ice Cream with Bourbon-Caramel Sauce

    Here's a delicious ice-cream recipe that has all the flavors of traditional peach cobbler and doesn't require an ice-cream maker: Just stir the ingredients together, and freeze!
  • Lemon-Buttermilk Ice Cream
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    Lemon-Buttermilk Ice Cream

    Whole milk and half-and-half contribute the creaminess, while buttermilk and lemon juice add a subtle tanginess. Even with the whole milk and the cream, one serving has only 3.6 grams of fat.
  • Cuban Coffee Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche
    James Carrier

    Cuban Coffee Ice Cream with Dulce de Leche

    "Dulce de leche" literally means "sweet milk." Here, in the form of a thick sauce, it's poured over a decadent coffee-and rum-flavored ice cream.
  • Lemon Verbena Ice Cream
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

    Lemon Verbena Ice Cream

    Lemon verbena leaves are very fragrant and make excellent crème brûlée and ice cream. If you don't happen to have some handy, you can use another aromatic herb such as mint or tarragon.
  • Mango Mascarpone Ice Cream
    Randy Mayor

    Mango Mascarpone Ice Cream

    Get the same rich thickness of an egg-based custard without using eggs by combining mascarpone cheese and sour cream with the mango. Mascarpone is a buttery, double- or triple-cream Italian cheese that's often used in the popular Italian dessert tiramisu.
  • Coconut Avocado Ice Cream
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Coconut Avocado Ice Cream

    This coconut avocado ice cream is silky smooth, luscious, and surprisingly good with chocolate sauce.
  • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Fresh Strawberries
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with Fresh Strawberries

    This recipe was inspired by Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, by Ohio-based ice cream maker Jeni Britton Bauer.
  • Wild Blueberry Gelato
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Wild Blueberry Gelato

    If you've just come back from the blueberry farm with overflowing baskets of berries, use some of them for this creamy frozen treat. Research shows that blueberries may help improve memory, so maybe after a spoonful of gelato, you can remember where you put your car keys. Also, try the Pineapple-Coconut Gelato pictured in the photo.
  • Honey-Lavender Ricotta Ice Cream
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Honey-Lavender Ricotta Ice Cream

    Give ice cream an elegant twist by adding lavender-infused syrup to the ricotta cheese ice cream mixture. Guests will rave at the wonderful richness of this cool dessert. Make it ahead and let it freeze as the party heats up.
  • Olive Oil Ice Cream
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst

    Olive Oil Ice Cream

    Make your homemade ice cream an adventure with the addition of olive oil! It's a splurge with heavy cream and half-and-half, but oh so worth it.
  • Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

    Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

    Simple ingredients combine to make what might be the best vanilla bean ice cream you've ever tasted. Add your favorite toppings and enjoy this dessert soon.
  • Double Chocolate Ice Cream
    Oxmoor House

    Double Chocolate Ice Cream

    A combo of cocoa powder and melted chocolate makes for a rich, ultra-­chocolaty dessert. We updated the recipe to use heavy cream in place of the half-and-half in the original.
  • Peach-and-Toasted Pecan Ice Cream
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

    Peach-and-Toasted Pecan Ice Cream

    Our users rave about this salty-sweet ice cream recipe brimming with chopped fresh peaches and crunchy toaasted pecans.
  • Strawberry Mint Ice Cream

    Strawberry Mint Ice Cream

    A simple syrup infused with the flavor of fresh mint sweetens this strawberry ice cream.
  • Chocolate-Banana Ice Cream

    Chocolate-Banana Ice Cream

    This Chocolate-Banana Ice Cream is about as simple as it gets! There are only five ingredients and you don't even have to have an ice cream maker. Plus, this sweet treat caps out at 161 calories per serving, so it's a light alternative to full-fat ice cream.
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