The Rising Spoon: The Drunken Porter: A Vanilla Bean & Bourbon Beer Float

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Drunken Porter: A Vanilla Bean & Bourbon Beer Float

The last time I drank a 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.

And before you jump face first into one of these beer floats, can you tell me what literary source inspired this drink's name? 

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.   
Serves: 1

1/2 a bottle of vanilla porter
2 scoops of vanilla bean gelato or ice cream (get a homemade recipe)
1/2 ounce of bourbon or whiskey (use the good stuff!)

For a vegan version, substitute vanilla bean coconut or almond ice cream. No matter what you use, look for a high quality brand with only natural ingredients (no HFCS or weird chemicals). Or better yet, make it at home

Scoop a generous portion of the gelato into the bottom of a frozen glass jar, cup or mug. Pour 1/2 the portion of bourbon 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 bourbon on top. Eat with a spoon! 

Notes & Tips
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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About Elaina Newton
Elaina is the creator, writer, and foodie behind the blog, The Rising Spoon. She's a self-taught cook and passionate about spreading basic cooking skills and information about real foods. She loves reading fiction, crafting, video games, dark roast coffee, cats, and rainy days. Connect with her on Pinterest, Facebook, Google +, and Twitter.


  1. Elaina your Drunken Porter looks delicious. This is such a unique and unexpected combination before I read and see it. Then it makes such perfect sense.
    I can just imagine how this recipe comes together in a jar; the tangy warm flavor of the porter enriched by the sweet gelato and subtly spiked with the woody, caramel flavor of a good bourbon.
    You have spared no expense and it shows.
    Thanks for this!

    1. Graham: That's a great description of how the flavors mingle together when you drink it. Or should I say eat it with a spoon? ;) Thanks for stopping by and commenting!