The last time I drank Breckenridge Brewery's Vanilla Porter was about two months ago. As I polished off my second beer, I thought this would make an amazing beer float. And it'd be even better with a bit of bourbon splashed on top. Boy was I right. A thousand million billion times right. I should smack myself for waiting this long to make it, but I did so with good reason. I wanted to save it for a Valentine's Day recipe.
No matter whether you're single or taken, it's a fact that February 14th is a commercial holiday flooded with chocolate, strawberries, cherries, cream, sugar, perfumes, lingerie, pink and red. Many people feel it's obligatory to eat surf & turf and drink champagne or wine.
But what if you don't like those things? What if you'd much rather munch on pizza while drinking beer? Then do it! Enjoy yourself! Spend time with loved ones (friends, family, significant others) or loving yourself. That's what Valentine's Day is all about in my book.
That said, if you like beer, bourbon and subtly sweet things, The Drunken Porter will take your day from hum drum to nostalgic satiation akin to what a hobbit feels after consuming breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, lunch, afternoon tea, supper and dinner. :)
OH, and if you'd like to pay me money for the rights to sell this drink (with the name) at your fancy restaurant or pub, contact me. I'm serious. This drink would sell like crazy, y'all. Especially to English nerds because the name references a literary figure. If you're privy to the source, leave a comment!
The Drunken Porter
|Original Recipe, Name & Photography by The Rising Spoon| © Elaina Newton 2013
A subtly sweet and boozy adult beer float with smooth vanilla porter, creamy tahitian vanilla bean gelato and a touch of maker's mark bourbon. Make it vegan friendly by substituting vanilla coconut or almond ice cream.
1/2 a bottle of Breckenridge Brewery's Vanilla Porter
2 scoops of Talenti's Tahitian Vanilla Bean Gelato
1/2 ounce of Maker's Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
For a vegan version, substitute vanilla bean coconut or almond ice cream. When substituting cow's milk ice cream, look for a high quality brand with only natural ingredients (no HFCS or weird chemicals) like Haagen Dazs Five or Breyer's. If you can't find Breckenridge's Vanilla Porter at your local liquor store, substitute another vanilla porter or stout.
Scoop a generous portion of the gelato into the bottom of a frozen glass jar, cup or mug. Pour 1/2 the portion of Maker's Mark on top, then SLOWLY (this will cause fizzing/bubbling) pour in 1/2 the bottle of vanilla porter. Top with another scoop of gelato then drizzle the rest of the maker's on top. Eat with a spoon!
I suggest freezing the glass for at least 30 minutes prior to making this. This way the gelato (or ice cream) will not melt as fast.
Be careful about adding too much bourbon. It'll easily overpower the vanilla porter and you want to taste that!
If you dislike bourbon, but still want the boozy kick, substitute vanilla vodka instead.
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