Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Drunken Porter: A Vanilla Bean & Bourbon Beer Float

A subtly sweet and boozy adult beer float recipe with smooth porter, creamy gelato and a touch of bourbon. Make it dairy-free by substituting coconut or almond milk ice cream.

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. It goes down smooth with a hint of sweetness from the vanilla, which would pair perfectly with a creamy vanilla gelato or ice cream. 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. 

Beer Floats: Dessert in a Glass For Beer Lovers 

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 or simply indulge in a little self-love. That's what Valentine's Day is all about in my book. 

That said if you like beer, bourbon and subtly sweet things this beer float recipe will take your day from humdrum to blissful 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: A Vanilla Bean & Bourbon Beer Float
A subtly sweet and boozy adult beer float recipe with smooth porter, creamy gelato and a touch of bourbon. Make it dairy-free by substituting coconut or almond milk ice cream.   
Serves: 1

1/2 a bottle of vanilla porter
2 scoops of vanilla bean gelato or ice cream
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 high fructose corn syrup or weird chemicals). 

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 the beer floats. This way the gelato (or ice cream) won't 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. 

I'd like to hear from YOU!

What's your favorite drink to pair with (or enjoy as) dessert?

Vanilla Bean & Bourbon Beer Float Recipe

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  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!


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