A Hot Hot Hot Holiday Drink: The Coffee Float

Who says I can’t have ice cream treats in the winter? Of course I can! In a restaurant I can succumb to my milkshake craving and order an extra thick malted. I can even defy a drafty December and whip out my blender at home. However, I don’t think I would serve an icy treat to company in the winter. I want to offer them something warm and welcoming. But don’t worry. I think I’ve found a way to get my ice cream fix even when I have friends over: I serve them this hot holiday drink!

A Hot Holiday Drink: The Coffee Float: Coffee, sugar and ice cream (a dribble of boozey goodness is optional)

It’s my newest favorite holiday drink: The Coffee Float.

So easy. So good. Put coffee in a mug. Sprinkle in some sugar (and maybe drip in some liqueur or brandy) and then clank your spoon around to stir everything up. Add a big (big, BIG!) scoop of ice cream. Don’t stir it. Don’t touch it. Just sip as it sits on top of your coffee melting in to add a tiny bit of cool cream to your warm winter drink.

The hot holiday drink in the picture above is made up of Chambord (a raspberry liqueur), coffee, 1 teaspoon of sugar and a big scoop of raspberry chocolate ice cream. I’ve played with a bunch of different flavor combinations. My favorite is simple: A cup of coffee with sugar and chocolate ice cream. A dribble of kahlua in there is nice too.

The Coffee Float
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This easy drink is the rootbeer float's winter cousin. It's beyond easy to make. So easy that I find myself sneaking one in the afternoons even when we don't have company over!
Recipe type: Beverages
Serves: 1
  • hot coffee
  • booze (optional)
  • sugar
  • ice cream
  1. Pour the coffee into a mug, leaving about 1 inch of space at the top.
  2. Add a splash of booze if you'd like (brandy or a liqueur like kahlua or baileys works well). Add some sugar. I usually put about a teaspoon but this really depends on how sweet you like your coffee. The ice cream will sweeten it a little bit so you want to add about half as much sugar as you'd normally put in coffee.
  3. Scoop a nice big ball of ice cream (about ⅓ cup). Gently drop it onto the top of the coffee. It will float there and melt slowly. Don't stir it. Just let it sit there turning into sweet cream as you drink.

Which flavor ice cream will you put in your coffee float?

5 Responses to “A Hot Hot Hot Holiday Drink: The Coffee Float”

  1. Paula — December 4, 2012 @ 7:05 pm (#)

    Maple Walnut!

  2. Susi — December 4, 2012 @ 10:48 am (#)

    Sounds like a nice treat. I remember putting fresh whipped cream on top of my coffee when I was younger. It was always such a treat!


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