This ice cream float has been… floating around in the back of mind for almost two years now. Back in August 2013, Jorge and I were exploring the Seattle food scene when we came upon Hot Cakes, a small restaurant that specializes in boozy milkshakes and molten chocolate cakes. There were so many tasty things on the menu (including a St. Germain Float), and we wanted to order all of them! Unfortunately, stomach space was minimal (we just had dinner), and the St. Germain Float option was trumped by an Extra-Dark Caramel Milkshake, a shake that I later recreated at home.
As we were leaving Hot Cakes that evening, I asked a waitress what was in the St. Germain Float, and she replied, “A scoop of vanilla ice cream with a shot of St. Germain poured over.” Seems simple enough right? Well I tried this at home, and it was delicious, but I don’t think I would really call it a float. Where was the soda? The bubbles? With a few simple additions, I finally landed on this recipe.
Made with just 4 ingredients, my St. Germain Ice Cream Float starts with a mix of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur, fresh lemon juice and sparkling water. A makeshift elderflower soda if you will. The lemon balances out the sweetness of the liqueur while the bubbly provides a refreshing snap. To finish, drop in a big scoop of vanilla ice cream, and enjoy. So simple. SO delicious. The pairing of elderflower and vanilla just works in all the right ways. Continue reading for the recipe.
I’m curious: what’s your favorite brand of vanilla ice cream? Vanilla ice cream is actually a favorite of mine. A really good one has a nuanced vanilla flavor that blooms on that palate as you eat it. I’m currently obsessed with Trader Joe’s French Vanilla, but I also enjoy Haagen Dazs. The versatility of vanilla is also something I really like. Buy one tub, and you can switch up the toppings nightly. Toasted nuts; salted caramel sauce; curry powder and ginger syrup; honey and nut butter; olive oil and sea salt; and so on. So many options!
St. Germain Ice Cream Float
- 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) chilled St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) freshly squeeze lemon juice
- 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) chilled sparkling water
- 1 big scoop of good-quality vanilla ice cream
To a chilled 8 ounce glass, add St. Germain, lemon juice and sparkling water, gently stirring to combine. Carefully drop in a large scoop of vanilla ice cream. Enjoy immediately!
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