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.
What is a Dom Pedro Cocktail?
A Dom Pedro is a popular South African cocktail. Most restaurants in South Africa have a selection of Dom Pedros on their menu and you would typically order one after your meal. A Dom Pedro is normally found on the drinks menu, but it is more often than not it is ordered as a dessert.
This is not your average cocktail. It is made with a mixture of ice cream and cream, laced with a shot of your favourite cream liqueur, and sprinkled with chocolate. It’s the perfect drink to see you through a heatwave.
It is normally served in a wine glass, with a straw wide enough to allow the bits of ice cream to flow through.
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 two 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 Cocktail
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 could 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, so the ice cream should be chopped up small enough for it 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. You don’t have to stick to vanilla ice cream either, try some of these combinations with your favourite ice cream flavour.
- Kahlua Pedro – made with coffee liqueur for an alternative after dinner coffee.
- Jamaican Pedro – made with spiced rum
- Tropical Pedro – made with Malibu, which is a coconut flavoured rum
- Chocolate Pedro – made with a chocolate liqueur and chocolate ice cream
- African Pedro -made with South African Amarula cream
- Heavenly Pedro – made with Frangelico and hazlenut flavoured ice cream
I’ve even heard that Jaegermeister makes a great Dom Pedro, but I haven’t tried that one yet. Hmmm!
Other creamy desserts
You might also like to try these other creamy desserts:
- South African Milk Tart – a traditional creamy custard tart.
- Peppermint Crisp Fridge Tart – a decadent rich dessert make with cream, condensed milk and peppermint chocolate.
- Black Forest Trifle – because trifle isn’t just for Christmas.
- Lemon Cheesecake – despite the name there is no cheese in this recipe, although you would believe it.
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Recipe – Dom Pedro
Dom Pedro Cocktail
- 2 scoops Good quality Ice Cream approximately 1 cup
- 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
I am not a nutritionist. The nutrition information has been calculated using an on-line calculator, and is intended for information and guidance purposes only. If the nutrition information is important to you, you should consider calculating it yourself, using your preferred tool.
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