Depending on whom you talk to, making ice cream floats with beer is either a genius idea, or a horrible mistake. The key is to choose a beer that's on the toasty, malty, sweeter side, and stay away from beers that are too hoppy, dry, and bitter. Here I pair coffee ice cream with stout and vanilla, the safest option, with a Belgian raspberry sour (or any fruity beer). I'd make a small test glass first, to make sure it works for your palate.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
Servings:
2
Yield:
2 beer floats
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Ingredients

2
Original recipe yields 2 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Version 1: Pour stout into a British pint glass and scoop coffee ice cream on top. Garnish with a dusting of cocoa powder.

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  • Version 2: Pour raspberry beer into a pint glass; top with vanilla ice cream.

  • Add a straw to each float and serve with spoons alongside.

Nutrition Facts

256 calories; protein 4g; carbohydrates 21.5g; fat 9.7g; cholesterol 61.2mg; sodium 55.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2019
A fun ending to a St. Patrick's Day dinner. I am not a beer person but the raspberry sour beer was delicious topped with vanilla ice cream. It was a big hit with our dinner guests too! For a richer flavor try the Guinness and coffee ice cream version. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2019
A fun ending to a St. Patrick's Day dinner. I am not a beer person but the raspberry sour beer was delicious topped with vanilla ice cream. It was a big hit with our dinner guests too! For a richer flavor try the Guinness and coffee ice cream version. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2020
I made the Dark beer float. Better then it sounds. I'll make it again! Read More
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