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Archive for August 20, 2013

RECIPE: Kahlùa Ice Cream Float

Cool off with coffee liqueur and ice cream.
Photo courtesy Polar Seltzer.


We’re in for another few really hot and humid days. A cup of hot coffee has no appeal, but we could really go for a Kahlùa ice cream float.



  • Kahlùa or other coffee liqueur
  • Coffee or vanilla ice cream
  • Coffee soda, vanilla (cream) soda or club soda

    1. ADD Kahlùa to the bottom of a tall glass. Add two scoops of ice cream.

    2. TOP with soda, pouring slowly. Serve with a straw and a spoon.



    How about a shot of tequila, rum, vodka or liqueur in your float or ice cream soda? It gives new meaning to the concept of an ice cream social.

    Turn it into a party: Pick a date, choose your “menu” from these recipes and invite the guests! Those who don’t consume alcohol can enjoy their ice cream soda “virgin.”


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    TIP OF THE DAY: Frozen Lemonade

    August 20th is National Lemonade Day. When life gives you a lemonade holiday, make frozen lemonade!

    We were inspired by the photo from Earl of Sandwich to make our own frozen lemonade.

    The ingredients are simple, but you need an ice cream machine to make a frozen slurry, as if you were making lemon sorbet. So pull out the ice cream maker, or borrow one from your neighbor.



  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Optional garnish: berries, lemon wheel, mint or rosemary sprig
  • Optional shot: gin, lemon liqueur, saké, tequila, vodka

    Frozen lemonade. Photo courtesy Earl of Sandwich.



    1. COMBINE the water and sugar in a small saucepan. Warm water will help the sugar to dissolve. Or, pulse regular sugar in the food processor to create easy-dissolving superfine sugar.

    2. ADD the lemon juice and refrigerate for 1 hour.

    3. FREEZE the mixture in an ice cream machine according to manufacturer’s directions, until it reaches a slushy consistency.

    4. POUR into a glass; stir in a tablespoon to a shot of optional spirit.

    5. GARNISH and serve with a straw and a spoon.

  • Arnold Palmer Recipe: half iced tea, half lemonade
  • Homemade Lemonade Recipe, including sugar-free options
  • Mint Lemonade Recipe, plus more lemonade tips (lemonade ice cubes, for starters)
    Lemonade Cocktails

  • Blueberry Lemonade Cocktail
  • London Lemonade Cocktail

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    PRODUCT: Shandy ~ Half Beer, Half Lemonade

    Strawberry shandy. Photo courtesy Traveler
    Beer Company.


    Shandy, short for shandygaff (no one knows the origin of the word), is beer diluted with a non-alcoholic beverage. It’s a traditional British pub drink that mixes lager with lemon soda, ginger ale or ginger beer. Carbonated lemonade, cider or other citrus-flavored soda can be used.

    Whatever you use, consensus is that shandy is a refreshing summertime drink.

    The shandy tradition dates back to the 17th century. Today, English publicans blend an English ale or beer with various lemon and lime beverages.

    With a new twist on the tradition, Traveler Beer Company of Burlington, Vermont, makes three craft shandies (4.4% ABV):


  • Curious Traveler Shandy, a shandy from wheat ale infused with real lemons and limes (4.4% ABV). Lemon lovers: This shandy has a lively fruit flavor and a powerful fresh lemon aroma
  • Time Traveler Shandy, a wheat beer, brewed with real strawberry
  • Jack-O Traveler Shandy, the newest flavor, brewed with lemon peel and added pumpkin


    It you’re looking for a Labor Day activity, how about a make-your-own shandy bar? Just assemble the ingredients, print out brief “instructions*” and put them in a frame next to the beer.

    Shandy Bar Ingredients

  • Lager beer (plus wheat beer or nonalcoholic beer if you’d like two styles)
  • Citrus soda, sparkling lemonade, sparkling soda
  • Ginger ale/ginger beer
  • Lemonade: plain, sparkling, Mike’s Hard Lemonade
  • Berry lemonade: blueberry, strawberry, raspberry (muddle the berries and mix with regular lemonade)
  • Sparkling cider

    Shandy Garnishes

  • Lemon wedges
  • Lime wedges
  • Berries

  • Glasses (start with small-to-medium size)
  • Swizzle sticks to stir
  • Paper towels for spills
  • Napkins

    What adult trick-or-treaters want: pumpkin shandy. Photo courtesy Travel Beer Company.


    If you don’t want a shandy bar, gather whatever shandy brands you can find and have a tasting.

    Samuel Adams makes Porch Rocker, if you can still find it (the distribution period is through July). Anheuser-Busch’s Shock Top Lemon Shandy is available through August. Also look for Harp Lemon Shandy, Labatt Shandy and Saranac Shandy Lager and Lemonade.

    Fentiman’s brews two soft drink shandy styles, non-alcoholic shandy and a low alcoholic version brewed to .5 ABV ABV (1 proof), which allows it to be sold as a soft drink.

    We like to use shot glasses or juice glasses for this type of tasting. It lets everyone try a small amount of each brand, and return to their favorite with a larger glass.

    More about shandy.

    *Instructions can include: (1) Shandy is half beer, half soft drink. (2) Create your own signature shandy with the soft drink of your choice. (3) Be neat, and clean up your spills!


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