Booze has long been a popular ingredient for nostalgic adults who want a more grown-up of their milkshakes. Just when you think you can't improve upon that simple combination of ice cream and milk, add Baileys, rum, or a host of other liquors to bring yourself to adult dessert nirvana.
But tobacco? Chef Daniel Angerer adds the intoxicant to the shakes at his casual Austrian-inspired diner Brats, located in the Chelsea section of New York. "Smoking tobacco has been a part of dining for along time so it was natural for me to incoporate it. We're using seco leaf type of tobacco which is a mild cigar tobacco. I love the flavor nuances of it"
The gently smoky flavor is infused into the thick vanilla ice cream base. If you think of the slight vanilla-y notes wafting from a pipe, the combination begins to sound less odd. Try it alongside the menu of house-made sausages like the Dragon Dog, a Berkshire pork sausage wedged into a fresh local bakery poppy seed bun with Chef's kimchee. Intoxicating.