England has just experienced the hottest day on record with temperatures up in the (very) high 30s. Luckily I remembered my favourite drink from my South African days – the Dom Pedro – a luscious cocktail made with ice cream and Baileys. If this won’t cool you down then nothing will.
- Graham’s first Dom Pedro – he loved it!
- How to make a Dom Pedro – 5 minutes max.
- Variations – lots of delicious choices
- Equipment – what you will need to make a Dom Pedro
- Recipe – printable recipe card
- Related Recipes – other recipes you may enjoy
A Dom Pedro is a popular South African cocktail. Most restaurants over there have a selection of Dom Pedros on their menu and you would typically order one after your meal. It’s normally found on the drinks menu, but it is more often than not it is ordered as a dessert.
A Dom Pedro cocktail is made with ice cream mixed with a shot of your favourite cream liqueur, and sprinkled with chocolate. It’s the perfect drink to see you through a heatwave.
There is a always a bit of a discussion as to the spelling of Dom Pedro. Some people spell it Don Pedro, with an ‘n’. It doesn’t really matter – say it fast enough and you won’t hear the difference.
Graham’s first Dom Pedro
I remember the first time Graham tasted a Dom Pedro. We were on holiday in Uvongo on the south coast of Kwa Zulu Natal 2 Christmases ago. My son and daughter-in-law (thanks again Willem and Megan) from Australia had very generously organised us a meal out at one of the well-known fish restaurants as a Christmas present.
We had the most amazing platter of fish and shellfish, and after polishing off the ENTIRE platter, we were feeling more than a little bloated. In fact, as I recall, Graham’s exact words were ‘I shall never eat again’.
To be honest, I felt the same way. However, there was no way we were leaving without dessert. It’s not every day of the week I get spoiled rotten and I was going to make the most of it.
I told Graham that a Dom Pedro would be the perfect dessert, and after a short, heated discussion ‘I already told you I couldn’t eat another mouthful‘, I ordered us one each.
The next photo is unfortunately a little out of focus. The light from behind coupled with the bottle of wine that had preceded the photo didn’t help. But I’m sure you get the idea. The thumbs-up says it all. So we ordered another one. Each.
How to make a Dom Pedro
To make a Dom Pedro place 2 scoops of soft ice cream with 50 ml Baileys Cream Liqueur and 50ml cream per person into a blender. If you don’t have cream on hand you can substitute the cream with the same quantity of milk.
Whizz it around until the ice cream is chopped up but not totally melted. If you don’t have a blender then just mush it all up in a large jug, using a fork.
You should still get bits of ice cream in your mouth when you take a drink, but the ice cream should be chopped up small enough to fit through a wide straw.
Use real ice cream – not sorbet
Don’t try and economise by using sorbet you won’t get the same taste. Sorbet also tends to liquidise more than real ice cream so you don’t get the proper consistency.
Pour into a glass and sprinkle with grated chocolate. A crushed up Flake is ideal for this, or you could sprinkle on a little cocoa powder. Add a straw, drink and enjoy.
Timesaving tip – make more than you think you will need. It WILL get drunk, believe me.
There are loads of variations you can made with this. Any cream liqueur works.
Amazon have a great selection that you could try. Just click the link.
Why not try it with Kahlua for a coffee taste, or chocolate liqueur or Amarula.
I’ve even heard that Jaegermeister makes a great Dom Pedro, but I haven’t tried that one yet. Hmmm!
To make a Dom Pedro you will need the following equipment:
- Blender – I like this one because you can also use it to make smoothies
- Baileys – there are so many flavours – original, chocolate, strawberries and cream. Why not try them all and let me know which is your favourite.
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Recipe – Dom Pedro
Dom Pedro Cocktail
- 2 scoops Good quality Ice Cream
- 50 ml Baileys Liqueur
- 50 ml Cream or milk
- Crushed chocolate to sprinkle
- Place all ingredients except the chocolate into a blender
- Blend briefly to combine and break up the ice cream
- Pour into a wine glass
- Sprinkle with grated chocolate
If you made this recipe and enjoyed it, please rate it in the comments below. I’d love to know how it went.
Why not take a look at all my South African recipes.
These are my favourite creamy desserts:
Crispy sweetcrust pastry filled with creamy custard and sprinkled with cinnamon.
Luscious whipped cream mixed with caramelised condensed milk, layered on coconut biscuits and covered in grated peppermint chocolate.
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