Beverages

Fresh Cherry Coke (Dr Pepper) Floats

by Shawnda on June 23, 2014

in Beverages,Cherries,Ice Cream

Fresh Cherry Coke Float Recipe

I grew up 40 minutes north of the 4th largest city in the United States. And it might as well have been 200 miles from the nearest civilization.

Back then, it was the last-Dairy-Queen, barely-a-dot-on-the-map before you hit that stretch of 59 that turned into 2 parts speed trap, 1 part scary hillbilly cop movie, and 1 part I Know What You Did Last Summer.

The grocery stores was tiny, the WalMart was even smaller, the town shut down on Friday afternoons during football season so everyone could stand in line at the concession stand under the bleachers for Frito Pie and a coke.

Not “Coke.” But coke. You probably called it soda or pop (or paaaaahp, giggle). But here in Texas? It was all coke. Whether you ordered a coke, asked for a coke, or were offered a coke, the next question was always the same: “what kind?”

And unless you were visiting from way out of town or just really lost, your favorite coke was Dr Pepper.

Fresh Cherry Coke Float Recipe

My mom was a walking Barbara Mandrell song and always dropped a handful of peanuts in her Dr Pepper. That? I never understood. I mean, maybe. Sweet, salty. But the only thing I want to chew from my glass of Dr Pepper is ice.

During the summer, mom would pack the ice cream maker in the sink with ice and rock salt, and then after what seemed like hours of rahnr-rahnr-rahnr, it was time for the greatest summer treat next to salted watermelon.

Dr Pepper Floats.

Fresh Cherry Coke Floats

With 23 (!!!) lbs of fresh cherries in the house, we took mom’s (peanut-less) Dr Pepper floats to the next, logical level: Cherry Dr Pepper Floats. Muddled fresh cherries, a couple scoops of HEBs 1905 Vanilla Ice Cream (move over, Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla!), and not-from-Dublin real-sugar Dr Pepper.

Messy, fizzy, and creamy. And even better than I remember.

Fresh Cherry Dr Pepper Floats

What's better than a coke float? A coke float made with fresh cherries. And Dr Pepper.

Ingredients

  • 8 pitted cherries
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Dr Pepper

Instructions

  1. For each float, either muddle the cherries in the bottom of a frosty mug or pulse a few times in a blender (I vote the latter, especially if you're making more than 1).
  2. Scoop in the vanilla ice cream and then slowly (SLOWLY) stream in the Dr Pepper until full.
  3. Grab a spoon and a straw and enjoy.

Notes

Yields: 1 serving

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 5 minutes

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Grilled Pineapple Margarita Grilled pineapple is currently my very, very favorite thing on the planet. ‘Cause Lord knows, the soccer-hockey-basketball trifecta of worthless sports sure as hell isn’t. HOW IS IT NOT FOOTBALL SEASON YET?!

{I would just like to note that since posting this, I have now watched more soccer than in my seven previous lifetimes combined. And, well, I am a fan. BUT MY ORIGINAL JUDGY DISDAIN FOR BASKETBALL AND HOCKEY REMAINS.}

So I obsessively pour over NFL OTA reports from bloggers who think they know more about football than I think I know about good margaritas. And I obsessively try to work grilled pineapple into anything and everything. Like margaritas.

A tart, fresh lime margarita really doesn’t need anything to make it better, but there’s nothing stopping you from blending it with a leftover slice of grilled, caramelized pineapple.

Grilled Pineapple Margarita

Fruity, summery, and with just the slightly hint of char and smoke from the grill. You could do a lot worse in your search for a signature summer cocktail. But you can’t do much better.

Unless you’re a cilantro fiend like me. And then you’ll probably adore the next margarita even more.

Grilled Pineapple Margarita

Grilled Pineapple Margarita

A tart, fresh lime margarita blended with grilled, caramelized pineapple.

Ingredients

  • 4.5 oz silver tequila
  • 12 oz homemade margarita mix
  • 3 oz orange liqueur
  • 2 Tbsp juices from grilled pineapple*
  • 1 1-inch thick slice of grilled fresh pineapple, plus more for garnish*
  • Crushed ice
  • Salt for rim (optional)
  • * The pineapple should be grilled and chilled so plan ahead. If you aren't using a slice of leftover, already-chilled pineapple, give yourself an extra hour in prep time.

Instructions

  1. To grill a pineapple, remove the husk, slice into ~1-inch thick rings, and place on a preheated grill.
  2. Cook ~4-5 minutes each side until nicely caramelized.
  3. Transfer the pineapple (and all accumulated juices) to a bowl and place in the fridge until cold.
  4. Add the tequila, margarita mix, liqueur, the pineapple juice from the bowl, and a slice of grilled pineapple to a blender.
  5. Blend on high for ~1 minutes until smooth.
  6. (You can strain here if light pulp bothers you - I did not.)
  7. Pour over crushed ice and garnish with small chunks of grilled pineapple, if desired.

Notes

Yields: 4 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 15 minutes

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Spicy Jalapeño and Watermelon Margarita Recipe

“All good drinks burn on their way down, right?” –Me. Between coughs and gasps for air.

I still remember the very first time I made a spicy margarita. I dropped some sliced, fresh jalapeños in tequila. And then I walked away. For like a week.

The peppers were insanely spicy. The tequila was… What’s a good word for “insanely &^%$#@! hot?” That.

But you only make an undrinkable margarita once. (Twice, if you count my failed Hatch Chile Margarita experiment.) ([shudder]) ([gag])

Spicy Jalapeño and Watermelon Margarita Recipe

For these spicy watermelon margaritas, ice cold watermelon cubes are blended and strained for the juice, mixed with homemade margarita mix, spiked with some homemade jalapeño tequila, and served over crushed ice in a salt-rimmed glass. Because everyone knows that salt and watermelon go together like… chocolate and peanut butter. Rachel and Ross. Peyton and Omaha.

Tequila and lime.

Spicy Jalapeño and Watermelon Margarita Recipe

It’s hot, cold, refreshing, and spicy. But don’t forget. When it comes to making Jalapeño Tequila, less is more. (Less soaking time, that is. More tequila is always better. And the answer to most of life’s problems.)

Jalapeño and Watermelon Margaritas

Fresh watermelon is blended with a homemade jalapeño tequila for a spicy and refreshing margarita.

Ingredients

  • For the jalapeño tequila:
  • 6 oz silver tequila
  • 1 fresh jalapeño, sliced
  • For the margarita:
  • 1 cup homemade margarita mix
  • 2 generous cups chilled watermelon cubes (seeds removed if not seedless)
  • 4 oz orange liqueur (or orange juice)
  • 6 oz jalapeño tequila
  • Salt, for rimming

Instructions

  1. Place the tequila and jalapeño slices in a jar and let sit in the fridge for at least one hour but no longer than overnight (you have been warned!)
  2. Place the watermelon cubes in a blender and process for ~1 minute until smooth.
  3. Pour through a strainer and discard the solids - you should have 1 cup of juice.
  4. In a small pitcher, mix the watermelon juice with the homemade margarita mix and orange liqueur.
  5. Add the tequila and reserve the jalapeño slices, stirring to mix well.
  6. Fill salt-rimmed glasses with ice and serve, garnishing each margarita with a tequila-soaked slice of jalapeño.

Notes

Yields: 4 servings

Adapted from Tide & Thyme

Estimated time: 1 hour 15 minutes

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Kaffir Lime & Coconut Margarita

It’s not everyday you open the box left on your doorstep and find a margarita inside. I mean, I didn’t exactly find a margarita inside of my Primo Picks Package (say that 5 times fast!), but I did find a bottle of Central Market Organic Kaffir Lime & Coconut Italian Soda.

It wasn’t perfect – I still had to add tequila after all. But it made the most refreshing, sparkling margarita. Perfect for that mid-afternoon I-just-sent-my-kid-to-grandma’s-for-a-3-day-weekend-and-now-I’m-going-to-sit-on-the-floor-and-watch-10-Things-I-Hate-About-You-in-complete-silence margarita. (RIP Patrick Verona.)

This margarita is a 3-day, no-pants-required weekend in a glass.

It’s a swim-up bar at a swanky all-inclusive, served over ice.

Kaffir Lime & Coconut Margarita

It’s a – guys. It’s a margarita. It takes 47 seconds to make and 3 seconds to realize that you should have just doubled the recipe to begin with.

Drink up. And happy 97 degrees!

Kaffir Lime & Coconut Margarita

A sparkling margarita made with Kaffir Lime & Coconut soda.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz Central Market Organics Kaffir Lime & Coconut Soda
  • 3 oz fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)
  • 3 oz tequila (I prefer silver)
  • Salt for rimming glasses, optional

Instructions

  1. Line the rims of two glasses with salt and fill with crushed ice.
  2. Stir together the soda, lime juice, and tequila and pour over ice.
  3. Drink immediately.

Notes

Yields: 2 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 5 minutes

This recipe was developed in conjunction with H-E-B and I was provided ingredients as well as compensated for my time. Messy fingers, stretchy-waisted pants, and Queen-Elsa-dress-glitter -covered wood floors are all mine. You can find H-E-B on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. And if you’re as lucky as we are, 4 locations within a 5 mile radius.

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