This post, brought to you by Pearl Vodka, is for the little kid in all of us because no matter how old you are, cool ice cream treats are always in order.
It seems like the times I most often had floats as a kid was when we’d once in a while have lunch at Hires Drive-In. Along with my cheeseburger (extra pickles please) we’d hope that mom would splurge the extra coin to spoil us with a sweet sipper of their famous frosted mug of ice cream scoops with super cold, super sweet root beer.
The famous, and iconic, root beer float.
This recipe is geared to a more adult sensibility thanks to flavored vodka, but the sentiment remains the same: Let’s sit back and enjoy a sweet treat to beat the summertime heat.
About the recipe
I’ve been hearing a lot about fruity, boozy floats this summer, including this feature recently published in Bon Appetit. The basic float is super simple to create with just a few ingredients needed to be on hand.
My Boozy Blueberry Float is doubled in blueberry flavor. The first wave of berry flavor comes from fresh blueberries that are blended for just a few seconds with frothy lemon lime seltzer or sparkling water. If you only have plain seltzer on hand, that will work too.
While the seltzer is what gives this float it’s fuzz, but the Pearl Blueberry Vodka provides the buzz with the second layer of blueberry flavor. If you were to use non-flavored vodka, the sips would be more sharp, and not nearly as palatably smooth.
For the ice cream I used my incredibly creamy 3 Ingredient No-Churn Ice Cream recipe. It’s ultra creamy flavor makes this drink even more decadent.
Allow the ice cream to sit for about 5 minutes on the counter before scooping. If you’re making these for a crowd, I recommend you pre-scoop your ice cream onto a small baking tray and freeze the scoops individually until ready to serve. Then, simply create an assembly line of glasses, add the frozen scoops and pour over the blueberry mix.
After blending the blueberry mix will separate a bit. Not to worry. Give it a quick stir before pouring into the glasses and let the ice cream and mix do their blending magic.
- ½ cup blueberries
- 3 ounces Pearl Blueberry Vodka
- 1 cup lemon lime seltzer or sparkling water
- 6 scoops No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream
- Add the blueberries, blueberry vodka and sparkling water to a blender and blend for about 15 seconds. Scoop 3 scoops of vanilla ice cream into each glass and pour half of the blueberry mixture into each glass. Garnish with more blueberries.
This post is in partnership with Pearl Vodka. As always, thank you for reading and for supporting companies I partner with, which allows me to create more unique content and recipes for you. All opinions are always my own.
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