Would you like to come over to my place and hang out for a little while? I’ll set you up at the best spot on my couch, give you a pile of blankets and pillows to keep you warm and cozy, and then I’ll make you this easy beer float. Guests should be made to feel welcome, after all, and what’s more comforting than blankets and pillows and a beer float?
Puppies, I guess, but I don’t have any of those. 🙁
My mom stressed the importance of hospitality to my siblings and me at an early age. As a kid, I always wanted to be a guest in my own home so I didn’t have to wash the dishes or do any chores (this hasn’t changed). Guests, she said, should be made to feel as comfortable as possible when they’re away from the warmth of their own homes. Little things matter, like having a fridge full of snacks and a variety of booze in the cupboard.
As a guest nowadays, I always appreciate blankets–I get cold so easily. And I’ll never say no to a small selection of booze and mixers, though I almost always have a bottle of wine in tow. Another very valuable lesson from mom. What makes you feel comfortable when you’re in someone else’s home?
This beer float is fun little party trick for the next time you’re entertaining. It’s special, it’s different, and it involves beer and ice cream married under a bed of whipped cream and chocolate sauce. ‘Nuff said.
A cream ale works best for a beer float, as its smooth taste will pair well with vanilla ice cream. For the dessert-averse (does that exist?) the slight bitterness from the beer balances the sweetness from the ice cream and chocolate sauce. The beer and ice cream crystallize slightly as floats do, developing a thin crunchy coating around the smooth ice cream. Just a touch of chocolate flavour finishes off the treat. Enjoy 🙂
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips
- 2 TB milk
- 1 can Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale (or other pale/cream ale)
- 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
- aeresol whipped cream
- Add the chocolate chips and milk to a small, microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, then stir to combine and fully melt the chips.
- In two large beer mugs, divide the ice cream. Pour the beer atop the ice cream, leaving some space at the top for the whipped cream. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with the chocolate sauce.