Basil Mint Ice Cream

There are many things I love about our new home.  Friendly neighbors, an attic, packages delivered to my front door.  A real dining room.  Stairs!  The neighborhood is wonderful; we’re in walking distance to downtown as well as a beautiful trail for nature walks.  After years of living next to a fire station, we now enjoy quiet evenings (and as the world’s lightest sleeper, I really appreciate this).  I’m excited about having a real Halloween in the fall where costumed children come to my door for treats (I promise not to give them boxed raisins even though I hate keeping candy around).  I have to say, though, my favorite thing about home ownership so far is our large back deck.  I finally have a garden!  I still squeal with excitement every time I see a new veggie:

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My babies!  Almost too cute to eat.  Almost.

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I would pinch their little squash cheeks if I could…

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To quote a friend, “Will you please get some underwear for your vegetables.”

I’ve been growing three types of tomatoes: heirloom, cherry and grape.  I’m also growing strawberries, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, jalapenos, bell peppers, and pretty much every herb I can get my hands on. The herbs have been an interesting experience.  For the first time ever, I actually have MORE herbs than I know what to do with as opposed to in the past when I’d have to pay way too much and then struggle to finish them all in time.  Suddenly I find myself making quite a bit of pesto, herb marinades and my guilty summer pleasure: fresh herb ice cream.  I’ve been making basil ice cream for years and now my mind is brimming with possibilities.  Rosemary citrus ice cream.  Lavender honey ice cream.  Have you tried any combinations worth recommending?

Basil mint is my favorite combination at the moment.  It’s a real crowd pleaser!   I’ve used a LOT of herbs in this recipe.  You can get away with using less, but the flavor will be more subtle.  The jury is still out for me on whether blanching the herbs makes a noticeable difference.  My culinary school instructors insisted this is the way to go so I continue to blanch the herbs.  It apparently brings out the flavor, and the wilting certainly makes managing such a large quantity of herbs easier.  You can adjust the ratio of cream and milk as long as you use two cups total.  For an incredibly rich ice cream, use all cream. If you prefer the ice cream a bit lighter, use a mixture of half cream and half milk.

Basil Mint Ice Cream


Basil Mint Ice Cream
Serves: 1 quart
  • 2 ounces basil
  • 1 ounce mint
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 5 ounces sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • optional: 2-3 drops green food coloring
  1. Quickly blanch the basil and mint in boiling water and then transfer the herbs to an ice bath to halt the cooking process. Drain and set aside.
  2. Add cream, milk and a splash of vanilla to a saucepan on medium heat. Bring the liquid to a gentle simmer.
  3. While the cream is warming up, whisk egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl. Make sure they’re well combined.
  4. When the cream is just starting to simmer (don’t boil it), slowly temper it into the yolks while whisking.
  5. Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and turn the heat down to medium low. Stir in a figure 8 motion for several minutes until the mixture coats the back of a wood spoon or rubber spatula. Remove from the heat and add the herbs.
  6. Puree the basil, mint and cream in a blender. Allow the mixture to infuse for at least an hour for best flavor. Strain the cream through a fine mesh strainer and allow to chill thoroughly in the refrigerator.
  7. If using, stir in a few drops of green food coloring.
  8. Make ice cream according to the manufacturer’s instructions.


  • Monet

    Just gorgeous. The color and I’m sure the taste are phenomenal. And how I wish I had a set of stairs! Thank you for sharing!

  • Lan

    i also love basil + mint, tho not with dairy doom. :( i am incredibly jealous that you’re able to consume ice cream tho.

    i am also so jealous of your deck garden! we have plants galore in the abode but nothing edible.

  • Christine

    This might sound weird, but I love that you love your new home — I’m living vicariously here, since one day I dream of having a balcony and a separate bedroom (steps, a yard, and an attic can come later)!

    Anyways, basil ice cream = yes! Looks delicious. I think strawberry and sage are delicious together, and so is lemon and thyme. :)

  • frugalfeeding

    Congrats on the new house – it must be fantastic to have a dining room! This ice cream is a triumph. A perfect colour and a really delicious flavour.

  • Lindsey

    Looks wonderful! I just started making my own ice cream, and this is a great way to use my backyard basil! Also going to experiment with some of my rosemary too!

  • Karen

    i have had basil sorbet which I loved. Your ice cream sounds so refreshing. If you don’t use the food coloring…is the ice cream still green?

    • Savory Simple

      No, it just looks like a muddled vanilla. I go back and forth about food coloring. It grosses me out in a lot of ways but when you see basil ice cream or strawberry frosting, you’re expecting the color and I think it winds up enhancing the flavor.

      • Karen

        I have to agree with you.

  • spree

    Brilliant! I’ll definitely churn this up! Love basil in desserts and the combination of mint and basil is heavenly. So happy for you in your new house with its attic, its stairs, its neighbors and its garden!! (One sure secret to a happy life is to never stop shrieking with excitement!) Wishing you much!

  • duffiebyday

    I love that you made ice cream from your garden. It is unexpected and unexpected is good.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    This sounds so refreshing and summery. Lucky you and your vegetable garden!

  • bitsandbreadcrumbs

    Your ice cream looks amazing and is such a pretty color! Congrats on your new home and your little veggies. I’m a very light sleeper, too so can appreciate how important the quiet is and how welcome!

  • Jennifer M.

    Thank you for helping me with my basil problem! I just couldn’t eat any more pesto right now ;)

    Now if you can come up with some zucchini ice cream (or something), that would be most helpful. I am inundated with zucchini!

    I did make some Pina Colada marmalade (using zucchini), but my friends said it looked like worms :( It tasted great, though. So I’m not sharing with them.

  • The Scrumptious Pumpkin

    Oh, how I love basil ice cream! Love the photo too – Pinning this one! :)

  • Riley

    It’s so hot, I’m living on ice cream lately. This looks great!

  • TheWhiteRamekins

    wow….mint and basil…it couldn’t be more refreshing both to the palate and to the eyes

  • Jessica

    Oh this is such a refreshing flavor! Love it!

  • Reem

    Congrats on the new house!!
    I wish you Happiness, Health and peace in your new nest…
    This Ice cream looks fabulous!!

  • Jenn and Seth (

    oh wow, this is a beautiful ice cream! sounds so delicious!

  • notsoskinnycook

    That looks so refreshing! Never have had basil Ice cream. I am saving this recipe.

  • Carolyn Chan

    Congratulations on the new home ! And how wonderful that you have a garden to grow things in. I love this ice-cream !

  • 2 Rivers Photos

    Looks so delicious :)

  • emmycooks

    Oh, yum. I’m picturing a little scoop of this on top of a bowl of sweet strawberries!

  • Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide

    You always take the best ice cream shots. I bet that means you make great ice cream! How can it not be? Look at it!

  • Asiya

    Ice cream looks so refreshing…perfect for summer..and I have basil and mint growing in my backyard just waiting for this ice cream!! :)

  • Amy (Savory Moments)

    Oh, this ice cream looks so refreshing and so very delicious.

  • daisy

    First of all, isn’t home ownership wonderful, especially when it comes with some space to grow all kinds of wonderful fruits and vegetables. I love my garden, and I love to cook with fresh herbs, and all I have to do is go outside and snip it myself. The fragrance of fresh herbs is unbelievable.

    Now, this ice cream sounds awesome and very refreshing for the summer. I love the beautiful green color. It’s definitely time for ice cream. Every blog I read is posting a delicious ice cream recipe. I’m trying to write my post on the rhubarb ice cream, and it’s slow going. It seems as if I’ll finish the ice cream way before I actually write about it.

    Congrats on your new home!


  • rebeccasubbiah

    congrats on the new home so happy for you what a cool ice cream flavor

  • ceciliag

    and what a gorgeous colour, i have the cream, i simply must get an ice cream maker.. so wonderful that you are happy in your new home! good for you honey! c

  • yummychunklet

    I live a block from a fire house, so I appreciate the awesomeness of your quiet neighborhood now!

  • crunchycreamysweet

    I totaly envy you your garden, especially the herbs. Your ice cream sounds so refreshing and creamy! Love it!

  • jothetartqueen

    love it that you have a garden now and you are growing so many herbs, vegetables and fruits! have not tried basil and mint ice cream..will do so soon! lovely photos!

  • angela

    I am growing a lot of veggies and herbs also. I love this basil ice cream idea. It would go well with a piece of chocolate cake!

  • Mad Dog

    That basil mint looks stunning. Those zucchini flowers are delicious stuffed and deep fired ;-)

  • musingmar

    What a beautiful ice cream! It was a delight to read about your pleasure in your new home and particularly with your garden. Enjoy the adventure!

  • Mama’s Gotta Bake

    Congrats on your new home! …and don’t give the kids raisins at Halloween!

  • Grubarazzi (

    Triple amazing! I love my home for those very same reasons, especially the garden. I can’t wait to start seeing more of them peeping out… it’s slow this year because we are trying to do the organic thing… no fertilizer… oy. This ice cream looks refreshing and gorgeous. I might have to pull out my ice cream maker for this. Do you think coconut or almond milk would be good for this?

    • Savory Simple

      Coconut milk works great! Almond milk doesn’t have enough fat by itself.

  • Catalina

    I had basil ice cream a few months ago and totally loved it, adding mint may it take in over the top and make it an obsession!

  • atasteofmadess

    This looks so good! I need to get me an ice cream maker, I love anything mint!

  • Cake in the country

    Oh I have a lot of basil and a lot of mint growing at the minute. I spy ice cream in my future!

  • mayihavethatrecipe

    I was just thinking what to do with all the mint i have in my garden and i found this recipe and I also just planted basil…this seems like the perfect summer treat! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Nami

    Choco mint is my kids’ favorite (thanks to my husband who introduced it to them exclusively), and they want me to make it. Your Basil Mint Ice Cream sounds a lot more refreshing and delicious. Congrats on your new home! It’s a lot to do when owing a house, yet it’s nice to have backyard, community, neighbors, and all. Yes, and Halloween! :-) Love this ice cream very much. Saving…and maybe kids can add chocolate. =)

  • Lorraine

    There’s so much to love about your new place! I don’t have much of a green thumb which means that I really appreciate when people can grow things! :)

  • Colleen

    Such a beautiful looking ice cream! And no doubt, the taste is even better. There is a restaurant near me in Boston that has an awesome Thai basil ice cream that I LOVE. And now I think I need to try your recipe at home!! YUM.

  • The Domestic Rebel

    Ohmagawd. This looks SO good. Mint ice cream is, hands-down, the most refreshing ice cream flavor for summertime. Adding basil sounds so fresh and unexpected. Awesome! And I am loving your adorable little pantsless veggies! If only I could keep my perpetually-snoopy dogs at bay, I’d have my own garden with fresh tomatoes and zukes.

  • Kathryn

    Such a wonderful combination of flavours, I love the freshness of the mint and the basil.

  • Anna

    Wow I love how creative you are with your flavour combos, and your photography is simply stunning!

  • delicieux

    Congratulations on your new home, and your garden too! Your ice cream looks divine, and so refreshing. I love that beautiful mint green colour it has. Gorgeous photos too!

  • Susan

    Thanks so much for your recent visit and kind comment. How delicious this looks! I have basil and mint growing in my garden and would love to try this recipe. I love having a garden so I fully understand your happiness in having one at your new home!

  • amy donovan (

    oh, yum! we also grow a ton of herbs + veggies in our garden (including both basil + mint) so i know what you mean about having more herbs than you know what to do with. i’ve gotta try this ice cream!

  • thekalechronicles

    I want some of this ice cream now. Now. Basil and mint are favorite flavors of mine.

  • Hailey @ Naked Cupcakes

    Oh wow, this looks perfect and refreshing for summer! I think I have finally narrowed down what my next ice cream adventure will be! I know the hubby will love this one too :)

  • Asmita

    Congrats! This looks like an amazing ice cream.

  • Mark Wiens

    I can only imagine how fresh and delicious this ice cream is, looks wonderful!

  • Christiana

    This sounds amazing! Cant want to get home and whip some up!

  • Canal Cook

    This looks lovely. I recently saw basil ice cream for sale for the first time and made a note to go find a recipe and try it. I think the mint would add a nice balance, so this sounds even better.

  • Sonia

    I just bought an ice cream maker, your recipe just come at the right time, i must try out this refereshing ice cream!

    • Savory Simple

      Let me know what you think! I am in love with my ice cream maker!

  • Josies @ Make Frozen Yogurt

    I love this Basil Mint ice cream and I could go for 2 scoops right now! Awesome color. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • Steph

    Now that sounds amazing!