When deciding on posting this drink I had to give it a lot of thought as to whether this...
is a cocktail or a dessert??
So I made a cocktail and thought about it really, really hard.
I came to the conclusion that cocktails are really the best food group so COCKTAILS won.
Really, I guess it doesn't matter in the big scheme of things.
This cocktail lets you have your dessert and a big ole' helping of vodka so you really never lose.
I actually started this cocktail many weeks ago.
That's when I saw fresh cherries on sale in the grocery store.
Ladies and gentlemen--that never happens in Louisiana.
So when it does,
you buy several pounds.
(It's the law.
Not really, but I'm sure that if you searched our Napoleonic law somewhere there would be some type of obscure law about produce, but I'm just joking right now.)
I bought a TON of cherries at the store and ate them until I felt kind of sick.
I couldn't eat any more so I decided that I would make some type of infused vodka with them.
I know I've mentioned that before,
but I have been infusing everything this summer.
It's the summer of infusions.
These cherries were amazing.
If you snacked on these little devils you could get into some serious, serious
(like getting pretty tipsy) trouble.
So after I had these super awesome cherries I thought what kind of cocktail should I make and cherry root beer popped into my mind.
And when I think of root beer I always think of root beer floats.
You see my train of thought, right??
Root Beer Floats with Cherry Infused Vanilla Vodka
For the Cherry Infused Vanilla Vodka:
1 cup cherries, pitted and cut in half
2 cups vanilla vodka
Place the cherries and vodka in a jar and seal tightly. Place in the refrigerator and lightly shake every day. Leave in refrigerator for at least 2 weeks and up to a month (if it lasts that long).
For the Root Beer Float:
2 or 3 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream
4-6 ounces root beer
3 ounces cherry infused vanilla vodka with a few cherry halves
Scoop ice cream in a large glass. Top with the cherries and cherry infused vanilla vodka. Top with root beer.