Well, that was fast. It seems like summer just started, and now we are in the final days before the air starts to feels crisp and the leaves change color. But, before summer ends, how about a new twist on classic cocktails to try as a sort of ‘farewell to summer’ with a nod to a childhood favorite- the Ice Cream Coke Float. The twist is instead of ice cream we are using sorbet, and instead of soda we are using liquor!
The idea of the Coke Float is pretty simple; take a soda, add ice cream, and it creates a new drink with new flavors. The simplicity of these Cocktail Floats is the same idea and the tastiness is off the charts. What’s easier than adding a scoop of sorbet to a glass, topping with booze, and giving it a stir? Not much. Bonus: ditching those sugary mystery syrups. The sorbet easily takes the place of the mixer and the ice, double bonus.
My three ideas are below, but the possibilities are endless.
The Margarita Cocktail Float //
What you need:
- Lemon Sorbet, I used Ciao Bella Sorbetto
- Gold Tequila
- Lemons & Limes (as garnish)
- Mint leaves
- Salt (Optional)
- Cocktail glass
Salt this rim of the glass (optional), add finely crushed mint leaves, add a LARGE scoop of Lemon Sorbet, top with 1 to 2 ounces of gold tequila (or however much you like..) , stir and let the sorbet melt and mix with tequila, add garnish, and voila- an easy margarita!
The margarita flavor options are never ending: strawberry, jalapeno, mango margaritas, etc., or even two scoops of different flavors like strawberry AND mango margarita.
What You Need:
- Blood Orange Sorbet, I used Ciao Bella Sorbetto
- Red Wine (any kind, I used Pinot Noir)
- Fruit: orange, grapefruit, and pear
- Mint (garnish)
- Wine Glass
Add several slices of citrus fruit to the bottom of the glass, add one hand full of ice, add half a pear chopped into small pieces, add one large scoop of Blood Orange Sorbet, add desired amount of wine, stir, add orange slices and mint leaves as garnish, and enjoy!
Champagne Cocktail Float//
What You Need:
- Raspberry Sorbet, I used Ciao Bella Sorbetto
- Pink Champagne of choice
- Champagne glass
Add one scoop of Raspberry Sorbet, add a few raspberries, and top with pink champagne.
Different options: Any flavor and matching garnish would work, like Blueberry Sorbet and blueberries or Pomegranate sorbet and Pomegranate seeds.