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.)
“The cucumber accents the water in such a way that–“
– Allen Gamble, The Other Guys
I will say first off, I’m not really into flavoured water. But I had to make cucumber water for the sake of The Other Guys, a movie that all my family loves and we’ve watched it more than once. It’s that funny! I’ve been wanting to do this ever since I saw it and thought it would be a great idea.
Before we commence further in this post, please watch the video. You have to.
Shortly after watching The Other Guys, I Googled the cucumber water scene and the search results even included a link to a men’s bodybuilding forum in which a guy asked if anyone had tried cucumber water and that he had to try it after watching The Other Guys and that he was addicted. I laughed so hard, though, when someone replied that that’s what his mother drinks when she goes to the spa.
While not quite summertime yet, it is Meyer lemon season and these lemons make a wonderful lemonade that’s on the slightly sweeter, less acidic side unlike lemonade made with regular, standard lemons. I find it funny, in an odd way, that while winter is associated with the citrus season lemonade is generally reserved for summertime, conjuring memories of children’s lemonade stands and hot days; returning from the beach and walking home, the pavement burning underfoot.
Meyer lemons are generally described as a cross between a regular lemon and a tangerine or mandarin; a hybrid fruit that is adored far and wide and cherished especially because of its short season and availability – unless you happen to live in California, then they’re available year round and there often even Meyer lemon trees in people’s backyards!
If you haven’t made lemonade from scratch before, it couldn’t be easier than this. This was my first time making lemonade and I was amazed at how easy it was, I don’t know why I didn’t before: simply mixing three ingredients together, the longest you have to wait is for the drink to chill. I find it’s best to drink it the day after, letting the flavours of honey and lemon infuse as it chills in the fridge. The honey merely sweetens, lemonade should really taste mostly of lemons.
(Meyer lemons not pictured, sorry. Those are ye olde standard lemons.)