Do you think you could make your root beer float better by adding some Jägermeister? Erin Sullivan of The Third Man in New York City did just that, and the cocktail she created is almost too much fun. You couldn’t get the inside scoop by adding a shot of Jäger to the classic childhood drink (though it wouldn’t be a bad idea). In fact, it’s quite the opposite; this recipe is a bit more complex and certainly puts a mature spin on the traditional float. To prepare this drink, first mist a tumbler with yellow chartreuse. Next add liqueur, root beer, and ice cream to a glass in your usual float fashion. In addition to root beer bitters and an expression of orange oil, this cocktail is finished with root beer bitters. In addition to being modest, the first and last steps are essential. In addition to having an extra dimension of flavor, they are also simple to make. You’ll discover how well the little extra effort was worth it just from tasting this complex and delicious ice cream cocktail!
The only reasonable substitutes for either Jägermeister or Chartreuse are whisky and gin. The recipe is a great way to find out how to make a root beer float cocktail. Simply use the inspiration as a guide to create your own version. If you want to switch from Jäger to something else, perhaps whiskey, rum, or Benedictine would be fun options. In place of the Chartreuse, you might want to use amaretto or butterscotch or cinnamon schnapps.
The Chartreuse needs to be poured into a small spritzer or mister bottle to be lightly spritzed. You need to check if it was previously used for anything besides food and make sure it is clean so as not to taint the flavor of the spirit. It is possible to skip the spritzer, but you will still get the same effect. Just pour a splash of the liqueur into the glass and stir it until it is evenly coated. Excess material should be disposed of. By using this method, the Chartreuse flavor is intensified, but that’s not something you should worry about. If you want to make the bitters yourself, you might want to try one of the recipes online for homemade root beer bitters. The Sasparilla Dry Bitters from Bad Dog Bar Craft are one of the best commercial options. There are many varieties of root beer to choose from. While most of the best-known brands — Barq’s, A&W, etc.- are great for root beer floats, most of them are quite sugary. A small soda company can make some pretty tasty root beers, so it’s not hard to find them. There is a higher chance of this being made with real cane sugar, as well as having an appealing, balanced flavor, which is better suited to cocktails. A dash or two of orange bitters will work in place of an orange if you don’t have one.