The root beer float is an iconic childhood treat. As the last hot days of summer would shorten and remind us that the start of school was quickly approaching, there was always the reprieve of this cold and sassy treat.
There are great root beer vodkas on the market, but I found it really easy to make my own small batch. I put six root beer barrel candies in a jar (great repurpose for a creamery jar). Then I poured about 7 ounces of vodka over the top. Put the lid on and gave it a good shake. I let it sit overnight, and the next morning I had a delicious root beer infused vodka. The beauty of making your own, you can make it as sweet as you like. Just add more or less of the candy to taste.
The childhood memories of cold refreshing root beer made me want to take another food from my childhood and make it a bit more adult. How about peanut butter and jelly? I served my root beer float with mini grilled PB&J. The twist….a couple of crisp slices of bacon in the middle and the jelly is a strawberry jalapeno. Any good pepper jelly will do the trick here.
This is a fun and super easy cocktail. And you can entertain entire families with it. Just omit the vodka for the kids and change the jelly to good old fashioned strawberry from the jar.
- 1½ ounce root beer vodka
- 4 ounces cold root beer
- Good quality vanilla ice cream
- Maraschino cherries
- With a small ice cream scoop, place desired amount of ice cream in an 8 ounce glass (an empty Milkhouse milkbottle is perfect). Pour vodka over ice cream. Top with root beer. Place straw in glass and finish with a maraschino cherry.
I hope this combination brings back some comforting memories for you. It sure does for me.