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White Russian Float

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White Russian Float
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 10 min
  • Servings 2
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White Russian Float

Vanilla ice cream and a stiff White Russian cocktail make the perfect summer dessert!

Ingredients

1
cup good vanilla ice cream
3
ounces vodka
3
ounces half-and-half
2
ounces Kahlúa™
Mint (garnish)

Directions

  • 1 Add vodka and half-and-half to a cocktail shaker and shake well with lots of ice for about 10 seconds.
  • 2 Add a big scoop, about 1/2 cup, of vanilla ice cream to a small cocktail glass.
  • 3 Strain cocktail over ice cream.
  • 4 Pour Kahlua over top of the float.
  • 5 Garnish with mint and serve immediately!
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White Russian Ice Cream Float

As prepared by Macheesmo,

I own three DVDs. One is a workout DVD, one is a Neil Diamond live album, and one is The Big Lebowski.


It’s one of my favorite movies of all time and I went through a phase where I drank a lot of white Russians just because, well, I like The Dude.

It’s too hot these days for a simple white Russian. It needs to be colder!

So that’s why I created The White Russian Float.  It’s a white Russian, but it’s so much cooler.

As a former bartender, I can say that one of the most important things to do when making a cocktail is to measure. Even if I’ve made a drink a hundred times, I still normally measure it. The flavors are so strong with each liquor that you want to make sure everything is balanced nicely.

So measure out your vodka and half and half and add them to a shaker glass with lots of ice.

Measuring ingredients

Cover this and shake it well for a few seconds to chill it very nicely.

Meanwhile, add a scoop of good vanilla ice cream to two short cocktail glasses.

Ice cream added

Then strain in your White Russian over the ice cream. As the ice cream melts it will make the drink even better.

Straining drink

As a final step, gently pour the Kahlua over the top of the dessert. It will kind of separate out a bit and make a cool layer of color.

Floating Kahlua

Note: You don’t have to use Kahlua for this. It’s the standard in a white Russian, but you could use almost any coffee or chocolate liquor and end up with a really delicious dessert.

I like to garnish my floats with some mint and toss in a few colorful straws.

White Russian Ice Cream Float

I also like to eat them as soon as possible!

White Russian Ice Cream Float, all gone

The Dude abides and so should you. Make these and beat the heat this summer!



It’s possible that Nick ate/drank both of the floats photographed in this post. Be sure to check out his blog, Macheesmo, his book, Cornerstone Cooking, and check out his Tablespoon profile.
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Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
357.3
Daily Value
Total Fat
14.3g
22%
(
Saturated Fat
9.4g
47%
)
Cholesterol
44.8mg
15%
Sodium
90.8mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate
25.2g
8%
(
Dietary Fiber
0.5g
2%
,
Sugars
15.8g
)
Protein
3.7g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
12.90%
13%
Iron
0.60%
1%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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