Let the Spaniards have vanilla ice cream topped with oloroso sherry*, what could be more American than vanilla ice cream topped with Starbucks coffee liqueur? This coffee liqueur puts all others out of memory; rich and full of coffee flavor, it doesn't have a cloying sweetness like many others. I have to admit that I couldn't justify eating all of the ice cream, so I let it melt a little and drank all of the liqueur . . .
Directions: Scoop good vanilla bean ice cream into martini glass, cover with an ounce or so of Starbucks coffee liqueur. Probably would be good with a shot of espresso and/or some chocolate syrup. Hmmmm.
*educational fact for the day: olorosa is a term which refers to cream sherries, which are usually sweetened with the Pedro Ximenez grape. Some are very dark in color and have an almost syrup-like flavor; they are absolutely delicious over ice cream. A more educated version of my sundae, if you will. It's also good, as you will soon find out, cooked into creme brulee.