Updated on March 16, 2015
Yes, you read the title right, and I know what you’re probably thinking. You’re thinking one of a couple of things; maybe, “what the hell is a beer float?” or “what is an Irish Car Bomb?” or maybe even, “isn’t Bailey’s not vegan?”.
Well, I have all of those answers for you! A beer float is what it sounds like, the same as a Root beer float but with beer instead of soda paired with ice cream. An “Irish Car Bomb”, for those of you who have never had one, is when you drop a shot of Bailey’s into a glass of Guinness (or a stout like it) and drink is ASAP because the dairy curdles inside of the beer. In this case you don’t have to worry about that happening because there’s not dairy! Which leads me to the third question: No, Bailey’s is not vegan. That’s why you make your own and it’s super easy!
Fortunately, for all of us, I found Epicurious Vegan’s recipe for Vegan Bailey’s. All that I did to modify the recipe a bit was add 1/4 tsp. more vanilla, used hazelnut creamer instead of regular creamer, and added a little more whiskey. But, that was just for the Bailey’s copycat recipe; to make the ice cream I added another full can of coconut milk and froze the mixture for roughly 4-6 hours (lessen the amount of whiskey and it will freeze quicker).
After the ice cream is near frozen, take a scoop or two and plop it into your favorite stout; I ended up using Mendocino Brewing’s Oatmeal Stout and it worked out perfectly. You can drink this bad boy through a straw, or eat it with a spoon. Also, I realize that this is a day late for St. Paddy’s day; but, honestly, who cares?! You should be enjoying this dessert beverage all month, as far as I’m concerned!
I have to warn you, if you make the ice cream recipe as I did, you will have a ton of it; so, you may want to half the recipe. If you’re a fan of beers and Bailey’s, this treat is definitely for you. I hope that everyone had a safe and fun St. Patrick’s day!