An easy and fun cocktail float that combines your favorite summer treats- watermelon and ice cream!
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Today we’ll be talking all about how to make cocktail floats by making your own cocktails & homemade ice cream with Pampered Chef! Really though, they have so many great kitchen products to chose from, one of my favorites is the bright green Coated Utility Knife & the Bar Board.
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Homemade Ice Cream
Homemade ice cream is the easiest dessert to make; the only hard part is having the patience for it to freeze. Most ice creams are made of a similar base. No-churn ice creams are usually made with sweetened condensed milk, whipped heavy cream & any added flavors.
Churned ice cream is typically made with granulated sugar, heavy cream, milk & flavoring. It also requires an Ice Cream Maker, which I just got from Pampered Chef & I ABSOLUTELY LOVE! I love how the flavor & texture changes from churning it. I love how quick it was to use (like 20 minutes) & I love the size that it comes in. It doesn’t take up too much real estate in my freezer like I expected. It’s also SOOOO EASY to use & clean! Plus, they also have this super cool Ice Cream Scooper that has scalloped edges to help get the ice cream off the bottom!
How to make cocktail floats
Okkkkk where do I begin with this! There’s really no rules to this, you just make it to your own taste. If you’re totally clueless then just follow the recipe directly but you can absolutely add, subtract or substitute just about anything. I always associate lemons with spring & summer so when I thought about doing a cocktail float the first thing that came to mind was a lemon drop float! But then I had a huge watermelon hanging out in my fridge & I figured the pink color would look super cute so that’s where my watermelon lemon float idea came from.
You can totally make this with just wine, champagne or sparkly juice if you want but I find it super fun to play with different flavors. If you use a pre-made drink you don’t need a shaker but when making a cocktail, I recommend you do. I got this Premium Cocktail Set from Pampered Chef & I love that it all comes as a matching set with all the pieces you need. It’s easy on the eyes, easy to clean & super functional. I also just love that it comes with a base card for different drinks!
So I hope you guys enjoy this recipe, for summer cocktail floats, it really is amazing! & like I said, you can absolutely substitute anything in the cocktail part. Make it a virgin, make it stronger, sweeter, more sour, whatever your preference is, just remember that you’ll be adding ice cream to make it cocktail floats so don’t make it too sweet! If you make this, make sure to tag me @baranbakery & Pampered Chef @pamperedchef on Instagram, we’d love to see your creations! As always,
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
- 1 1/2 cup whole milk
- 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 Tbsp vanilla bean paste
- 1/2 tsp salt
Watermelon Lemon Drop Martini
- 1/2 oz simple syrup (1/2 cup water:1/2 cup granulated sugar)
- 1 cup ice
- 1 oz watermelon juice
- 2 oz lemon juice
- 2 oz vodka (can substitute any liquor)
- 1 oz spiked sparkly seltzer (can substitute plain seltzer)
- Using Pampered Chef's Ice Cream Maker, freeze the bowl for 24 hours before starting the ice cream.
- Once the bowl has been frozen for 24 hours, combine all the ingredients in a separate bowl and whisk until the sugar is dissolved.
- Remove the bowl from the freezer, attach the spinner to the lid and turn on the machine. Set it to 20 minutes and once it begins spinning, pour in the milk mixture through the hole on the lid.
- Allow it to churn until it becomes the consistency of soft serve ice cream. Turn the machine off, cap the bowl with the lid and freeze for a few hours or overnight.
- If you are making simple syrup for the martinis, make it beforehand so it has time to cool. Dissolve 1/2 cup of sugar in 1/2 cup of water and allow it to cool completely before using (store in an airtight jar in the fridge).
- To make the martini, place a cup of ice in the cocktail shaker. If you are using fresh watermelon, puree the watermelon and strain out the pulp. Pour it on top of the ice and squeeze the lemon juice into the cocktail shaker.
- Add the simple syrup, vodka and seltzer water to the cocktail shaker and shake well until it becomes chilled.
- Place 2-3 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream in a cup. Use the cocktail strainer to pour out the martini over the ice cream, straining out the ice, etc.
- Garnish with lemon wedges and watermelon chunks. ENJOY!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 159mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information may not be fully accurate.
This post has been sponsored by Pampered Chef. All thoughts and opinions are my own.