Anyone who knows me knows I’m an ice cream junkie. It doesn’t even need to be fancy ice cream, though I’ll never turn down the truly good stuff. I’m the person who ate gelato 2 meals a day while traveling in Italy since a nice, fruity gelato was almost like having fruit and yogurt for breakfast. And it was SO HOT at lunch. Naturally, if you’re addicted like I am, mixing ice cream with my soda never sounds like a bad plan. When I was throwing a party with some good friends a few weeks ago we decided to really push it over the edge and make a boozy, sweet and spicy float that became the hit of the party. Seriously, This stuff is ADDICTIVE! It’s the best root beer float I’ve ever had!
Ingredients (for one float):
- 1 shot ginger infused vodka
- 1 small scoop vanilla ice cream
- 1 small scoop cinnamon ice cream
- 1 can (12 oz) rootbeer
- 1 dash of bitters
As you can see, it’s not exactly a traditional ingredient list, but man, do the flavors in this sing. If you can’t find cinnamon ice cream, use 2 scoops of vanilla and a healthy sprinkle of cinnamon for a similar flavor.
Making the floats is pretty straight forward: Scoop the ice cream into a glass – we used Kilner jars – so cute when throwing an outdoor party. Add the bitters, then the vodka over the top. Top off with the root beer, pouring gradually. If you’ve ever had a root beer float, you know that it likes to foam up, so a gradual pour will keep you from making a mess. Serve your drinks with both a straw and a spoon for maximum deliciousness.
Want more float ideas? Here are a few more of my favorites – They’re delicious with and without the alcohol, so you can serve party goers of any age. Serving suggestion: Use one color straws for alcoholic drinks and another color for non alcoholic. That way, you can see at a glance if a kid picks up the wrong drink. Think of doing fun colors for kids and a more sedate color for adults, since kids are more likely to get possessive over a favorite color.
- 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
- 1 shot vanilla vodka
- 2 cups fresh-squeezed orange juice.
- 1/3 cup chilled, fresh orange juice
- 1/3 cup chilled pineapple juice
- 1/3 cup chilled club soda
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 1 Dash Bitters
- 1 Shot rum
Bourbon Stout Float – Recipe and Photo credit: A Better Happier St Sebastian
- 2 scoops caramel ice cream
- 1 pinch sea salt
- Stout beer (if serving kids, try this with coke. Still delicious.)
Dark Chocolate Bourbon Cherry Float – Recipe and Photo Credit : How Sweet Eats
- 2 scoops chocolate ice cream
- 2 shots bourbon
- 1 bottle cherry soda
As you can see, float possibilities are pretty much endless, whether or not you partake in the alcohol consumption. Get experimental with yours – tag photos with #PMTCFloat on instagram to show off your favorites. We may share your photo or hook you up with a gift certificate!