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.


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