Photo: Whipped Lightning
No matter how "gourmet" you might consider yourself, at some point in your life you've probably filled your face from a can of commercial whipped cream. Now you can do it all adult-like (or not) with the world's first alcohol-infused whipped cream, Whipped Lightning.
Lightning is the most appropriate term for this grain-alcohol–infused product. A total of eight flavors (a natural and artificial combo) are offered to top your desserts, drinks and body parts. You can't expect real amaretto for $10 a 375ml can, but you will find amaretto flavor in addition to orange, spiced vanilla, white chocolate raspberry, cinnamon, tropical passion, coconut and macadamia.
Created by some wild and crazy guys from Atlanta, Ga., Whipahol (as they affectionately call it on the website) flavors weigh in at a hefty 36.5 proof. You might think alcohol, whipped cream and nitrous oxide is the perfect product for underage antics. However, the creators have opted for Whipped Lightning to be considered solely an alcohol product, not an FDA-regulated food product, so get your identification ready at the check out counter.
If you can't find Whipahol at the corner liquor store, you can make your own alcohol-flavored whipped cream at home pretty darn easily, and it will have more creamy texture and less alcohol burn than Whipped Lightning. If you must squirt it out of a can, pick up a cream dispenser such as the one from iSi. I add about 6 tablespoons amaretto and 2 tablespoons powdered sugar to 1 1/2 cups heavy cream for a 1-pint whipper. Insert the nitrous oxide charger, and let the foam fun begin.
Alabama-born LeNell Smothers defines herself first and foremost as a bartender, but she's been called many things -- most recently, the proprietress of Casa Cóctel with partner Demián Camacho Santa Ana. She's owned her own whiskey label, called Red Hook Rye, and has been recognized by her home state as an honorary Colonel. Other interests include gin, sin and men.