This float is just like a root beer float, but with coffee ice cream and, of course, Baileys. I had the idea for Baileys floats on my birthday last Saturday with vanilla ice cream, although that was taken to whole ‘nother level when my aunt also picked up a Haagen Dazs coffee ice cream. If you’ve put Baileys in your coffee before or are only familiar with the practice (like I am), you’ll know where I’m going with this.
The Baileys blends beautifully with the root beer, taking off some of the edge that root beer sometimes has. It rounds it off slightly with the creamy notes of the coffee ice cream. In other words, as I told my aunt, it’s killer! (That’s a good thing.)
I didn’t end up having this float version of Baileys Coffee on my birthday, though I made sure I did on the day after. On my birthday I had less than an ounce of Baileys and I like it. (My Mum’s argued the point, though, how it’s not hard to like something with sugar in it.) And no, I didn’t get drunk – I don’t see much glamour in that or having hangover parties.
I’m a bit nervous about posting this since I am not one hundred per cent sure about Baileys being gluten-free. I’ve been on the company’s website (after verifying that I’m of legal drinking age) and the only information provided does not confirm or deny that it is or isn’t gluten-free. I quote, “Please be advised that the whiskey used in Baileys is manufactured by fermenting grain which contains Gluten. Due to the presence of gluten in the whiskey components before distillation we cannot absolutely guarantee that there are no effects to coeliacs.”
I’ve Googled and found forums discussing Baileys status as gluten-free or not: some forum members say that they get a reaction or don’t trust it, so they don’t drink it; others say that they drink it and aren’t affected at all. As I’ve mentioned before in previous posts, I am not gluten intolerant or celiac, so I can’t really give advice from personal experience.
Haagen Dazs’ coffee ice cream, on the other hand, is confirmed as gluten-free according to the company’s website.
Look forward to a birthday post coming from me soon in this space. First, though, the recipe for my birthday float. (The tumbler in the first photo lights up, hence the golden glow on the bottom. We brought four of them back with us from Fiji.)
Baileys Coffee Float
Coffee ice cream (such as Haagen Dazs)
Baileys Original Irish Cream
Scoop two to three scoops of coffee ice cream into a glass or tumbler. Pour root beer over the ice cream and add a small amount of Baileys, about 1 1/2 teaspoons. (For the sake of blogging, I measured it but I usually don’t.) Serve with a spoon and/or straw.