Sadly we don’t have a category for this: Alcohol-infused, flavored whipped cream.
That crazy conjecture is what Whipahol’s Whipped Lightning is: Flavored cream (and it is cream, not non-dairy topping), injected with alcohol and compressed air to fluff it up. It’s available in nine flavors, none of which is “whipped cream.”
That’s because you need flavoring to cover up the heavy, heavy alcohol character here. 36.5 proof doesn’t sound like much, but for some reason in whipped form it’s overbearing. Dip a tiny tip of a spoon into Whipped Lightning to taste it and you’re likely to grimace from the alcoholic burn.
The idea of course is that you spray this stuff atop your Bailey’s or chocolate-flavored novelty shot (or, who knows, take it to the beach for betting purposes), making the drink’s presentation all the better while spiking the alcohol content further. Utimately it’s more for show than for anything it adds to the flavor of a cocktail.
Mileage varies considerably for each flavor. Of the six versions I tried, Spiced Vanilla was the easiest to handle, while Tropical Passion was probably my least favorite of the bunch. To be sure, all the varieties are relatively muted, flavor-wise. In all forms, alcohol is the primary characteristic, and any flavoring agent takes a backseat. A chemical aftertaste is relatively common, which I suspect is due mainly to the alcohol and the propellant.
I’m not giving this one a rating; the idea is too wacky and unique for me to even fathom one. It’s certainly something worth having around if you’re really out-there with your mixology (refrigeration is not required nor even recommended). Only the brave need apply.
$10 per 375ml can / whippedlightning.com
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