My guess is that about half of you cringed at “Pumpkin Beer Ice Cream Float” and the rest of you were split into two groups: the HECK YES RIGHT NOW PLEASE group and then those of you who are intrigued and can’t decide if this sounds disgusting or awesome.
Spoiler alert: it’s AWESOME.
But only if you like pumpkin beer and also creamy, cinnamon-y ice cream melting down into a frothy, heavenly taste. Think of the creamy richness of a root beer float. Then think of pumpkin beer with that nice bite of ale and the warm seasonal fall flavors.
The great thing about this is that the longer you drink it, the more frothy and creamy it becomes until you’re essentially drinking melted ice cream with a hint of pumpkin and a hint of hops.
This is another one of those recipes that came from my brain shouting at me (see my Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cayenne) and also a recipe simple enough that no REAL recipe is needed. You could just use vanilla ice cream, but I thought a little more cinnamon would just amp this up, so I blended up my BlueBell Homemade Vanilla with 1 tablespoon of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of Imperial Light Brown Sugar. Vanilla is fine, but cinnamon ice cream is a treat and a perfect match for the beer.
This is the kind of drink you have on those WARM fall nights. You know, when the chill hasn’t snapped into the air. When things smell like fall, but the sun forces you to push up your sleeves. In essence, this is an anytime-Texas-fall kind of drink (it’s JUST getting out of the 80s & 90s here). For the rest of you that get real fall (hiiiiiiii, my Virginia friends!), you want this on those unseasonably warm fall days.
So what do you think? Would you try a Pumpkin Beer Ice Cream Float? Your days are numbered because Christmas holiday beer will soon replace pumpkin on the shelf. GET ON IT. And then let me know how you like it!
This was another post in partnership with Imperial Sugar, who sponsors my ingredients. All recipes and opinions are my own, but I’m super excited to partner with a company whose roots are just a few miles away from me in Sugar Land, Texas.