It's almost St. Patrick's Day, one of my all-time favorite holidays!. Growing up with grandparents who were 100 percent Irish we always celebrated St. Patrick's day big. We, of course, celebrated in the traditional ways with fresh Irish Soda Bread, my grandma's Corned Beef and Cabbage, and traditional Irish music playing in the background. But we also had our own unique traditions for the holiday, for instance we were always treated to a breakfast of Lucky Charms with green milk (sugary cereal was not allowed in our house the other 364 days of the year) and we always found Irish Spring soap in the shower that morning - it all felt so festive and joyful, much like the Irish themselves!
Now that I'm older I still try to continue all the traditions we had as kids, but this year I thought I'd mix in something reminiscent of my childhood, but with an adult twist - a Guiness root beer float!
When I first saw this concoction on a drink menu, I thought it was genius. The combination of stout and ice cream seems like a match made in heaven. I mean, you are mixing two of my favorite things together, beer and ice cream, what could be bad?! It's the perfect way to end a traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal as both a dessert and a nightcap.
Using Guiness instead of root beer certainly makes the drink less sweet than the root beer floats you grew up with, but once you get used to the new flavor combo it's delicious and goes down quick. You'll be doing an Irish jig in no time!
Simply plop a couple of scoops of your favorite ice cream into a goblet or pint glass and slowly pour the Guiness over the top, pausing along the way to let the foam and fizz settle. We used classic vanilla ice cream, but other flavors would work great, as well. We then drizzled caramel on top for a final sweet touch.
Serve with a spoon and enjoy! Sláinte!
(all photos, Jamie Grill Photography)