Raspberry Beer Float

Three ingredients. Three minutes.

That’s all it takes to bring me back to high school.

Friday afternoon. Rushing to the mall after school. Drinking root beer floats. Talking about boys. Giggling. Licking root beer foam from spoons. Wide smiles. Savoring sweet creamy ice cream. And the sugar rush after.

Except this raspberry beer float is far from high school.

It’s much more sophisticated, more adult, girlier.  But it still brings the same big smiles as my high school version.

I read about these Lambic Framboise Floats from Will’s recap of Taste of the South End and I knew I had to make them myself. And then The Kitchn featured Beer Floats yesterday, and it made me crave for beer (and ice cream) in the middle of the day. Let’s face it, I’m not a beer drinker, but give me a scoop of ice cream and I’m a happy camper. I had a friend over last night for dinner, and I thought it was the perfect time to have beer for dessert.

Three ingredients: raspberry lambic, vanilla ice cream, and fresh raspberries.

Three minutes (or less, if you’re not taking pictures for your blog): Pour lambic into your glass of choice. Drop in some fresh raspberries. Put in a couple of scoops of premium vanilla ice cream. Top with more raspberries.

It made my Tuesday night feel like Friday afternoon.

It made me remember my girl friends whom I’ve known for more than half my life.

It made me smile as I licked raspberry foam off my spoon.

I’d like to think my girl friends and I are all a little bit more sophisticated now than our high school versions. Definitely more adult. Infinitely more feminine. These raspberry lambic floats may be a far cry from the A&W root beer floats we used to enjoy, but in essence it’s the same. And so are we.


36 Responses to “Raspberry Beer Float”

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted March 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Genius Bianca!! I adore Framboise…. Why have I not added ice cream to it?! Side note: Framboise + Hoegaarden makes for a great beverage!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 28, 2012 at 9:55 am

      Hehe Emily I always order that (Lindeman’s Framboise + Hoegarten) at Sunset Grill – it’s called the Dirty Ho ;)

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    christina posted March 28, 2012 at 9:41 am

    A beer float! I want one and it’s not even 10 am. Crap. I’ve had that beer before and it’s awesome. So sweet.

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 28, 2012 at 10:03 am

      Yes! Almost like drinking juice – which is totally acceptable at 10 am, right? :)

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    Samantha Angela posted March 28, 2012 at 10:03 am

    Umm, you are a genius!

    Also I have to try this “Dirty Ho” drink. That sounds awesome too.

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted March 28, 2012 at 11:13 am

    This is such a super creative springtime drink, Bianca! How fun and colorful!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 28, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Thanks Georgia! I think I like it even more because it is pink :)

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    Alaina posted March 28, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Oh yum, these look delicious!! My husband loves Lambic. :-)

    I love your writing; you’re so talented!!

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 28, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Thank you Alaina, that means a lot to me :)

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    Daisy posted March 28, 2012 at 11:45 am

    these look amazing, what a creation!!! I love lambic so I will totally be making these. I bet they would work with any of their flavored beers!

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted March 28, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    These are adorable! What a fun a idea for a summer party. I love lambic, but I bet this will be a great way to get other people to love it too :)

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    Liz posted March 28, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I LOVE Lambic…and never even thought to make it into a float! What a fantastic idea! These sound (and look!) absolutely delicious.

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    Michelle posted March 28, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Um, you may have just pointed me to my new favorite post-dinner cocktail/drink!

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    Heather posted March 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Yum, I love Framboise, will have to try this.

    You should try Young’s Chocolate Stout mixed with the Raspberry Framboise, delicious. The flavors compliment each other so well.

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    Michelle Collins posted March 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I love this post, and this idea! I haven’t had a root beer float in far too long…

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    MelissaNibbles posted March 28, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I never gossiped over root bear floats! I want to. Maybe I’ll make one to drink while I read celebrity gossips sites.

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    Dan posted March 28, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I had this at taste of the south end and it sorta blew my mind. Which I didn’t think Ice cream could do anymore after eating it fresh daily for 2 years.

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    Megan posted March 28, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    That sounds like an amazing adult float!

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    Meghan posted March 28, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    I have had a similar float at Picco, and it was delicious! Also delicious, Guinness, salted caramel ice cream, and hot fudge! :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted March 28, 2012 at 4:07 pm

      Oh wow that Guinnness float is next on my to-do list!

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    Sacha posted March 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    What a nice post! I’ve had this at Picco too and don’t know why I’ve never thought to make it at home. Oh, and you should definitely try a Guinness float — so good!

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    Rhonda posted March 29, 2012 at 12:13 am

    lambics are like heaven in a glass, but that ice cream kicked it up about 10 notches. This is genius!

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    Joanne posted March 29, 2012 at 7:01 am

    I’m SO not a beer person…but all of a sudden you’ve got me craving it! Oh the things you do to me :P

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    Mary posted March 29, 2012 at 9:06 am

    I’ve never found a beer I enjoyed, but this looks absolutely mouthwatering!

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    Shannon posted March 29, 2012 at 10:28 am

    omg, this is awesome :) wish i could still drink beer…

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    Lindsay @ biking before bed posted March 29, 2012 at 10:50 am

    I think it’s like an unwritten rule that every suburban girl used to spend Friday nights at the mall. I used to hitnup the movies too… And buy handfuls of candy from the 25 cent (now 50 cent?!) machines. I can’t wait to recreate this dish at home… I have some cherry Lambic that has been in my fridge for a long time!

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    Holly @ Life as a Lofthouse posted March 29, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I love me some root beer floats, but never tried them with raspberries! Sounds so good!

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    Clarkie @ Beloved Green posted March 29, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    This is good, this is reallll good.

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted March 30, 2012 at 7:05 am

    What a fun idea… definitely a bit more grown up than a high school root beer float:-)

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    Elizabeth posted March 30, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Ha, I always used to want to make beer floats in college (any excuse for ice cream), and my friends all thought it was gross.

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    Taryn posted March 31, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    This is fantastic – what a good idea! I haven’t had a root beer float since I was about 12 years old, so this sounds great. I’m especially excited because we have a bottle of framboise in the fridge, and a little bit of leftover vanilla ice cream in the freezer, so this is totally do-able!

    Also, I love the ‘Dirty Ho’ at Sunset… I get it every time I go!

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    Baking Serendipity posted April 1, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    I love this grown up version! Root beer floats were my favorite in middle school…and the raspberries especially in this version are calling my name :)

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    juniakk @ mis pensamientos posted April 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    vanilla ice cream and raspberries and beer sound fabulous! what a great rendition :D

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious posted April 3, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Love, love, love this grown-up version. It’s sophisticated yet it brings you back to your childhood memories. Well done!

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    Molly Galler posted April 3, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Yum! And so pretty too :)

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    Hannah posted April 8, 2012 at 10:55 pm

    Okay, America wins this time. “Float” is such a better term for this than the Australian word “spider” :D

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