TAMPA —Adult-only isn’t often a phrase paired with ice cream, but a new frozen dessert bar exclusively for those 21 and up has opened at Grand Central Place, next to Mise En Place.
Aubi and Ramsa opened its first alcohol-infused ice cream store in Tampa a month ago and plans to open three more locations by next year, including one in St. Petersburg.
The ambiance of the shop is more cocktail bar than a place to get a summer scoop. Each 3.7 ounce serving comes prepackaged in a sleek paper carton, custom designed for each flavor. The ice creams are also available for purchase by the pint.
“We don’t scoop ice cream, it’s like walking into a sophisticated bar or lounge,” Judith Isaias, who with her husband Edward became partners with brand to bring the Miami-based concept to Tampa after researching the area for three years. The brand has three stores in Miami and Isaias said it has plans to later expand in Las Vegas, California and New York.
“We believe in the Tampa market,” she said, citing the market’s growth potential
The product is prepared in Miami in a process that blends the alcohol into the ice cream in a way where the taste of alcohol is not lost. Each scoop has 4.9 percent alcohol by volume, about the same as the trending White Claw beverage.
“It’s a very sophisticated process to infuse it,” Isaias said. “We’re not just getting a bottle of scotch and just pouring the alcohol because alcohol evaporates."
The menu offers 26 flavors, such as White Chocolate Merlot and mezcal-infused Chocolate Azteca as well as five vegan options, separating items by type of alcohol.
Aubi and Ramsa is located at 442 W Kennedy Blvd. The store is open from noon to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday; noon to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays.