I have, on the other hand, successfully recreated my own version of an Indian Cardamom ice cream, which is insanely delicious as well as easy to make thanks to the little ice-cream machine I borrowed/stole-2-years-ago from my sister Sabrina.
I will share the recipe for this delight shortly, but first, let me tell you about some other ice cream flavors I consider to be exceptional for one reason or another. (Also, please know that I've had ice cream in Bariloche and Buenos Aires and that my perspective is somewhat skewed as a result).
#1. Basil ice-cream at Pix Patisserie. Now. It's been a while since I had this particular delight. At least a year and a half, yet the very experience is burned in my memory as a sensation I will never release. The creaminess of the ice cream along with the very fresh, very real basil flavor were a complete shock to my unsuspecting taste buds. I have not successfully been able to recreate the recipe for basil ice cream on my own. :o(
#2. Fior di Latte. My brother works for a major airline and is able to fly anywhere in the world pretty much free of charge. I know, poor guy. He recently visited Switzerland and came back raving about an ice cream flavor that blended the cold, creamy texture of a dessert we all love with the sweet, scalded milk flavor of our (not TOO distant) childhoods. I'm not sure where he got the recipe (Google is practically no help as I recently discovered) but we made this when I visited him in San Francisco this last January and it ROCKED MY WORLD. I have been trying to figure it out on my own in the last couple of weeks but can't seem to get the consistency just right. I refuse to give up, so stay tuned.
#3. Lavender Lemon. Okay, so this one is a complete fantasy and a flavor inspired by a pancake mix I picked up in Maui this last May. I recently tried to concoct this type of ice cream (well, in this case it was frozen yogurt) by using some fresh lavender flowers, but the flavor never quite took. Denise thinks that using lavender honey or creating a lavender syrup may help the flavor to infuse more. On my to-do list.
#4. Finally....the recipe for Carol's Cardamom Ice Cream.....keep it close to your heart:
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Cups Half &Half
1 TBSP Honey
½ Cup Brown Sugar
½ Cup Sugar
1 ½ TSP Cardamom
1 ½ TSP Cinnamon
1 ¼ TSP Vanilla Extract
2 TSP Lemon Juice
1 Pinch of Salt
*Blend all ingredients together and freeze according to your ice cream maker instructions.