Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Why you MUST try this WHISKEY ROOT BEER FLOAT by author Cleo Coyle

An ice cream float with whiskey? YES! The Whiskey Root Beer Float is becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason. It's astonishingly delicious, and my husband and I highly recommend it for your happy hour joy. And...

While you might not think of serving a kid's ice cream float to adults at a summer cookout, or to dinner-party guests as an "impressive" dessert, Marc and I are about to give you good reasons to consider it...

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A restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, charges $11 for this float. With this recipe, you can make it at home for far less--and (even better) share it with friends and family. If they're skeptical (or you are), know this...

This is not your typical ice cream float that many adults would find a little too cloying. While this recipe still gives you a lovely, old-fashioned sweet dessert drink, the bubbly root beer and cold vanilla ice cream are given much more dimension by the warm, burning brightness of the whiskey. 

There are layers of beautiful flavor here, making it much more than an overly-sweet kid's treat. It's a superb culinary experience, one you shouldn't miss!

Jameson Irish Whiskey was our choice because of its sharp, almost lemony brightness, which turns a ho-hum ice cream float into a mind-blowing HOLY COW IS THIS GOOD experience. If you try it, we hope you like it as much as we did. May you drink with joy!

~ Cleo

Whiskey Root Beer Float

Serves 1


Well-chilled root beer
1 shot Jameson Irish whiskey (or whiskey of your choice)
1 scoop of vanilla bean ice cream

Directions:  Pour a small amount of root beer into a pre-chilled, short tumbler. Add your shot of whiskey. Drop in one scoop of ice cream. After the foam settles, slowly fill the glass with root beer and drink with joy!

Drink with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

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  1. Ooh, sign me up! I've got the Irish whiskey (did you know there's a brand called Writers Tears?) so all I need is the root beer and the ice cream.

    1. Sheila - I did not know about the Writers Tears! What a beautiful name for a whiskey. If you enjoy a wee spot in your tea or coffee or, heck, a few fingers in a beautiful tumbler, I think you'll enjoy this float, as well. Thanks for dropping in and may the road rise up to meet you.

      Sláinte, my friend!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
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  2. What fun! You do know how to have a good time!
    We used to make coke floats as kids--tons of ice cream and enough soda to mush it up.

    1. Libby - Ice cream is the best treat, one of those foods that can actually cheer up a sad day. I think many of us have wonderful memories of growing up and enjoying floats or cones or sundaes. (I have really nice memories of my dad taking me out for ice cream. I'll always treasure those.)

      Thanks for taking the time to share with us. It's always, always a pleasure to see you in the Kitchen!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  3. Just amazzing, Cleo! I won't be able to concentrate on anything else all day - because I have ALL the ingredients in my house. It will be a reward tonight. XO

    1. A great reward for a day of writing, MJ, I hope you enjoy it!


      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  4. I wonder how Irish whiskey would work with a coke float. I never liked root beer and that is one thing that didn't change over the years. Any suggestions for substitutions?

    1. Pat - A Coke float with whiskey should work wonderfully. Other combinations might work well, too. If you were a fan of Dr Pepper soda pop, that's a possible alternative. Or you might try orange soda pop, vanilla bean ice cream, and whiskey (if you were a fan of Creamsicles, that will work for you, if not, the Coke's a better bet)!

      If anyone else has whiskey-float ideas, feel free to float them by us below…

      And thanks for dropping into the Kitchen today, Pat!

      ~ Cleo Coffeehouse Mystery.com
      “Where coffee and crime are always brewing…”
      Cleo Coyle on Twitter

    2. I will give it a shot tonight. Ha.

    3. Cheers, Pat, I'm with you in (wait for it)...spirits! :)