By Madeleine Ignon | January 11, 2012

Photo: Madeleine Ignon

Thank goodness for good friends and simple dessert recipes. A friend of mine brought this to a potluck recently, and it blew the fancy desserts out of the water. When she arrived, she had in her arms: a six-pack of beer, a pint of ice cream, and a carton of strawberries. I watched in fascination as she put each glass together, having no idea she was planning to combine the three ingredients.

The floats were creamy, rich, tangy, and best of all, not too sweet because of the beer (I always loved classic root beer floats but could only take a few bites before getting a sugar overload). Here’s to adult versions of classic kids’ dessert recipes to drink and eat with a spoon!

Photo: Madeleine Ignon

For each float
2-3 strawberries, chopped
1-2 scoops vanilla ice cream or gelato
1 bottle or can Guinness stout (or your favorite stout beer)


  1. Scoop the ice cream into a glass, add the beer, top with strawberries and enjoy!



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