Metro Sobieski ($22.62 - $27.98).

I like ice cream as much as the next guy, but I never thought there would ever be a reason to want to make my own — until I read Ice Cream Happy Hour ($16.95, Ulysses Press) by Valerie Lum and Jenise Addison.

Though you’ll need an ice cream maker to create these ladies’ boozy treats from scratch, their simple, spirit-laden recipes are amazingly easy to create and open the door to dozens of cocktail-inspired desserts that scream summer.

If that all sounds too much like a Food Network series gone wrong, you can cheat your way to spiked frozen treats through a gazillion Internet recipes that mix pre-made ice cream with every imaginable combination of liqueurs and hard liquor.

Vodka is the foundation of many a creamy creation and one with a bit of guts adds to the glory of any icy, adult-oriented endeavor.

The Poles know their way around a neutral spirit and, apparently, so does actor Bruce Willis. Mr. Die Hard is a part owner of Sobieski ($22.62 – $27.98), Poland’s top ranked, rye-based vodka that combined a muscular expression of flavour with a well-rounded, grainy personality.

Did I hear the ice cream truck?

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