Sarsaparilla Soda Float

Closeup of Root Beer Float and 2 drinking straws.
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Courtesy of Nios Restaurant and Wine Bar, New York, NY.

  • 2 ounces Tuthilltown Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey
  • 6 ounces Hansen’s Sarsaparilla Soda
  • 3 ounces chocolate ice cream
  • 2 ounces Guinness Stout, floated on top
  • Bing cherry, soaked in Bourbon, for garnish

Pour the Bourbon into a frosty beer mug followed by the chilled Sarsaparilla soda, adding the soda slowly until it reaches about 2 inches below the rim. Using an ice cream scoop, place two rounds of vanilla ice cream on the rim of the glass, allowing the soda to foam beneath. Insert a drinking straw and a long-handled spoon between the ice cream scoops, and then top-off with the Guinness Stout. Garnish with the Bourbon-soaked Bing cherry.

Mixologist’s Tip: The ice cream must be positioned on the glass just right: If it’s resting too deep in the glass, the foam will overflow; if it’s situated too high on the rim, there won’t be enough foam produced to call it a true soda.

Published on July 29, 2011