A Dom Pedro is a luscious cocktail made with ice cream and Baileys. It’s great for serving at parties, and it makes the perfect easy dessert too.
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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 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 the festive season.
A Dom Pedro 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. There should still be little pieces of ice cream floating about. 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!
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Recipe – Dom Pedro
Dom Pedro Cocktail
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- Blender or
- 2 scoops Good quality Ice Cream approximately 1 cup
- 50 ml Baileys Liqueur (1 double shot)
- 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
- Serve immediately in a wine glass with a wide straw
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Looking forward to trying your dom pedro
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Don Pedro existed in Argentina long before the 1970s. There it is usually made with whiskey – https://pulperiaquilapan.com/copa-don-pedro-cosa-de-portenos/
The ultimate origin is probably the beginning of the 20th C with immigrants from Italy which explains the use of primitive grape spirits in some Buenos Aires families – think ‘grappa’. Who might have introduced it to South Africa and initiated the use of a sweet cream liqueur instead, is up for grabs. The change of ‘Don’ (think ‘Esquire’; a superior form of ‘señor’) into ‘Dom’ presumably happened after the 1970s trans-Atlantic migration.
Thanks for the history lesson Peter 🙂 . It’s always interesting to find out where recipes actually originated.
This is the story I’ve heard about the South African origin – The dom pedro first emerged back in the 1970s and its origins are credited to Danny Ferris who owned the Belinzona restaurant in Blouberg. Legend goes, that Danny went on holiday to Scotland to visit the whisky distilleries there. While he was there, he had a brainwave to pour some whisky over some ice cream and the dom pedro came into existence. There is a difference of opinion over the name of the famous don pedro. don means “mister” (or “señor”) and dom means “clergyman”.
I tried this with Strawberry and Cream liqueur. Mmmmm. Divine!
Ooh – that sounds delish!!!!
My thoughts exactly 🙂 !!!