Alyeska Citrus Fizz: An Ice Cream Debut
By Marc Donadieu
Glacier City Gazette
Ice Cream Shop (ICS) just concluded a naming contest for its new custom flavor: Alyeska Citrus Fizz. The new ice cream is based on Alyeska Resort’s signature drink Ramos Fizz without the alcohol.
Ice Cream Shop owner Carol Makar explained how the custom flavor came about, saying, “Several people in the community came to me and mention that the resort does this drink called a Ramos Fizz. It’s been here forever. People said to me, ‘That would make a wonderful ice cream if you could get it without the alcohol in it.’ I talked to Alaska Supreme [Ice Cream, Inc.]. Larry Daniels gave me a recipe of what he thinks [Ramos Fizz] is or something comparable.”
The ice cream’s name derives from a contest. Entries from contestants Bethanee Frank and Seth Foister were combined to yield Alyeska Citrus Fizz. At the time of this interview, the naming contest had over 60 entries submitted with more on the way.
“It is a high quality ice cream, as are all of the ice creams made by Alaska Supreme in Anchorage,” Makar said. “It’s a local company with one 10-gallon ice cream maker, and that’s what he runs 24/7 in the summertime. And he produces the famous Fireweed and Honey.”
“It’s a family friendly, non-alcoholic wonder,” said ICS employee Phyllis Rankin.
Using vanilla ice cream as a base; juices from oranges, lemons, limes and pineapples are blended with nutmeg and cinnamon. Alyeska Citrus Fizz has two distinct waves of flavor. Nutmeg jumps out first, then the citrus notes arrive creating an interesting interplay on the palate to balance the smooth creaminess.
If you have had a Ramos Fizz, the flavor will be familiar. If you haven’t, you will be tempted to say Alyeska Citrus Fizz tastes like eggnog because of the nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. Drop by ICS for the new flavor of the winter season.