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Ginger Beer & Rhubarb Float

Ginger Beer & Rhubarb Float | The Ultimate

I used to be obsessed with root beer floats as a kid. We always seemed to have that shitty comes-in-a-giant-tub ice cream lying around (my mom wisely saved the Haagen-Dazs for herself), so I think it was my way of making it more edible. But then I went to college and starting buying my own Haagen-Dazs. And then I found places like Molly Moon’s and Salt & Straw. And THEN I discovered boozy milkshakes. Ohhhh lordy.

I might have entirely forgotten about floats in favor of these more recent delights, except that a wonderful friend made me one of these for my birthday. And I went CRAZY for it and made it over and over and adapted it to its current state of sheer perfection.

The ginger beer in this is so delish. I’d never seen a float made with anything other than root beer, or just beer. But now I want to try them with all kinds of sodas! Also the rhubarb vanilla jam is crazy versatile; it’s so good on scones and pancakes and who knows what else.

Rhubarb Ginger Beer Float

Adapted from Martha Stewart

2 pounds rhubarb,chopped (about 6 1/2 cups)
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup orange juice (or water)
2 vanilla beans (or a splash of vanilla extract)
High quality vanilla ice cream (no tubs!)
Ginger beer

Add the rhubarb, sugar, and orange juice to a large saucepan. Split the vanilla beans lengthwise and scrape the seeds into the mixture. (Add the bean as well, if you like). Bring to a boil, then cook over medium-low heat for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until it’s fairly thick and it sticks to the back of your spoon. Ladle into hot sterile jars, and seal.

Once it’s cool, layer scoops of the jam with scoops of ice cream, then pour the ginger beer over the top. For maximum deliciousness, use way too much ice cream : )

P.S. While writing this, I did that thing where you start repeating the word over and over in your head until the spelling starts to freak you out. But “rhubarb” really is the weirdest word, right?


Raspberry Fun Times

Raspberry Fun Time | The Ultimate

And here we have a delicious pink drink that I really should have shared with you for Valentine’s Day. But seeing as how my roommate and I invented it on Halloween last year, I’m just going to claim that it transcends the seasons. It’s a classy-looking drink, but let me tell you, it does not necessarily lead to classy behavior. In fact, after our invention and subsequent serious overindulgence in this concoction, I had to put it on the back burner for a few months so that I could gather the remaining shreds of my dignity.

But I had a random craving for it the other day, and making it confirmed my suspicions that (if you have, say, one or two instead of six or seven) this is the perfect girly cocktail to quickly whip up at home; it’s simple and refreshing, and it’s fun to fish out the boozy raspberries as you go. (Although you can also muddle the raspberries if that’s your thing)

Very Important Sidenote

The name of the drink is only to be said in a Japanese gameshow announcer’s cadence and accent. It’s hard to reproduce in writing, but it should go something like, “rah-zoo-berry fun-tie-meh!!!” Dont ask why.