Last Christmas, my son gave me a bottle of Root, a liqueur. Lovely bottle, chic label design. The flavor was, as described on the bottle, very root beer-like, not at all unpleasant although I’ve never been a fan of root beer. Still, as a mixer, it was a puzzle: such a strong flavor didn’t really call out for anything else to enhance it.
Friends gathered at our house this weekend for eating and drinking purposes—and by that I mean came on Saturday and ate and drank for 24 hours—and on Sunday morning I was pulling out all kinds of liqueurs for tasting and testing. We came upon Root, and all agreed that it was tasty, but what to do? Several combinations that I attempted were poured down the drain without even being offered to the group. It was a tough one to crack. (The liqueur’s own website seems a bit at a loss as to how it might be used in a cocktail. Their suggestions are kind of slack.)
Then one of us applied his analytical skills to the problem: what does one do with root beer anyway? A root beer float!
And thus the problem was solved. Behold, the Milk Root!
The Milk Root
- 1 oz Root liqueur
- 1 oz brandy
- 1/2 oz Tuaca or other vanilla liqueur (optional but recommended)
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream (we prefer Kroger’s Private Selection Double Vanilla)
- 2-3 oz milk
Put it in the blender, smoosh it up, and serve.
(You’d probably be mixing more than one at a time, of course.)
We debated about whether it needed anything else, but finally agreed that it was lovely just as it was.