Root Beer with a Kick

When I was a kid, we didn’t eat out a lot. In fact, ice cream was a special treat. One of my mother’s favorites was to make ice cream floats. What kid doesn’t love something that creates edible bubbles?

Adult Root Beer FloatI ran across this recipe for an adult root beer float on Pinterest a few weeks ago. As you probably imagined, it contains alcohol. I know my mother won’t be trying this but I hope some of you find this a refreshing summer treat.

Adult Root Beer Floats
root beer
vanilla vodka
vanilla ice cream

Fill a glass half full with root beer. Add a splash of vanilla vodka. Top with a scoop of ice cream and serve.

Notes:

  • I didn’t have vanilla vodka so I used regular vodka with a touch of Sugar Free French Vanilla Syrup (that I used for my coffee).
  • I made mine with cream soda. I thought it was very taste. Drink slowly!
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Cool Summer Drinks

Is this summer heat ever going to break? You know it is bad when 95 feels cool. My sister and nephew came down the end of June. I thought it would be fun to go see Shakespeare in the Park. Unfortunately, the heat was so unbearable ended up going Cosmic Mini-golfing at the Great Mall of the Great Plains instead.

Today, I thought I would share a classic recipe from my dad’s sisters. I always thought this recipe was my aunt Joyce’s but just found out it is actually my aunt Linda’s recipe. The first time I ever remember it being made was for Christmas Eve at my Grandma Bourek’s house is Pilger. I remember the slushy looking yummy but I couldn’t have it because it had alcohol in it. Several years later, I would finally be old enough to enjoy this drink at family gatherings.

For my Wildtree/Purse Party/Jewelry Party fundraiser, I decided to make this beverage for all our guests. It was at that time I learned how easy it is to make. It makes a lot so make sure you have a ice cream bucket or a That-A-Bowl to freeze it in.

My Bourek side cousins and I at Jodi’s high school graduation in 2010.

Brandy Slush by Linda Vogel

1 can of frozen orange juice
1 can of frozen lemonade
9 cans of water
1 c. of sugar
2 c. of alcohol (My aunt said you can use any kind)
A 2-liter bottle of sour pop (7-up, Squirt, etc.)

Mix all ingredients together (except pop) in a ice cream bucket and stir. Freeze for at least 24 hours. Pull out freezer about 30-60 minutes before serving. Use an ice cream scoop to pull out. Add just a splash of pop to each glass and serve. Makes about 20 Solo cup sized drinks.

Recipe modifications:

  • My aunt said you have to use sugar or it doesn’t turn out right.
  • My aunt usually uses vodka. I made it with peach schnapps and I thought it was also good.
  • Remember alcohol doesn’t freeze so you have to have it in this recipe or everything will freeze and could explode all over your freezer.