Shakes and Floats
Elixir Bonbon Floats
Chef Courtney McBroom makes a fantastic version of homemade root beer for these playful ice-cream floats.
Thick Shakes with Strawberry-Mascarpone Panini
Chef Rob Evans creates exalted food at Hugo's in Portland, Maine (where he was named an F&W Best New Chef 2004), but he's also a sandwich master. At his sandwich shop, Duckfat, he makes a splendid dessert panino with brioche, strawberry jam and mascarpone, a delicate spreadable cow's-milk cheese. Evans pairs the panino with a superthick milk shake that blends ice cream with custardy creme anglaise sauce. He usually pairs these panini with vanilla shakes, but strawberry is equally delicious.
Rio-Style Ginger Beer Floats
Eric Ripert's sweet, fizzy drink, made with orange juice, passion fruit and mango sorbet, is his Brazilian take on a typical American root beer float.
Horchata Milk Shake
Horchata is a sweet, milky iced drink that's popular throughout Latin America. Mexicans make it predominately with rice and chef Rick Ortiz blends in vanilla ice cream.
Root Beer Float
Frosty Strawberry-and-Cream Milk Shakes
A quick puree of fresh strawberries and lemon zest creates a delicious fruit floater for this ultra-creamy milk shake.
Cinnamon-Spiced Mocha Floats
Cinnamon is known as a sweet spice, but it can have a pungent bite. Vietnamese cinnamon, also known as Saigon cinnamon, is an especially fragrant variety, and its taste is sharper than that of regular cinnamon. It is worth seeking out.
Venetian Lemon Shake
Lemon juice and lemon sorbet gives this creamy cocktail a nice touch of zest.