From the Royal Tart Blog in 2010:
St. Patrick’s Day is an “adult” holiday for many of us. When I was in my twenties it meant drinking really gross green colored beer in an “Irish” bar. The floors of course were covered with more of the lovely green beer by the end of the night which by my thirties was completely unappealing.
For the last few years, I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day around March 17…sometimes attending a party or an Irish festival. Then we had babies and the celebration took on another meaning which was more family oriented.
This year, even though we still have children and our celebration will be family oriented I will be sharing this dessert with my neighbors and others after dinner and before the Irish Coffee. You see, even though we have family, we still celebrate by imbibing.
What is the recipe you say…why, it is a Stout Float. Very Irish and a little edgy and unexpected. Now, many of you may have heard of a Guinness Float or a Stout Float and though “ick” but I am here to tell you that if you use the right ingredients your float will be glorious.
The secret is in the ingredients. So use the best, most premium ingredients your wallet can handle.
The Stout Float Recipe for 8:
1 Gallon of PREMIUM Vanilla ice cream. The more premium the higher the fat content and the creamer your float will be.
4-6 bottles of stout; Guinness if you are a St. Pat’s purist but really a better choice is a chocolate stout from your favorite microbrewery.
8 Tablespoons of blackberry brandy
scoop 2-3 scoops of ice cream per glass depending on size of glass; place scoops in glass; slowly poor stout over scooped ice cream. Once the stout has settled drizzle a tablespoon of blackberry brandy over the top of the float. Serve the float just like any other with a straw and long spoon.
Part of the “wow” factor of the Float is the glass you serve it in. I would of course recommend the really cool glasses Royal Tart sells with our “Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day” Celebration. The glasses are huge and have great handles. But regardless, of the glasses you use make sure that they are interesting and large enough to hold a couple of scoops of ice cream and 6-8 oz of stout.