I went on and on about how vanilla ice cream can kind of be boring.
But the irony in all of that, is that the rest of the ice cream recipes, as part of annual ice cream week, takes that simple Three Ingredient Vanilla Ice Cream (or your favorite store bought vanilla ice cream) and transforms it into some not so boring ice cream concoctions.
Like this Fresh Mint and Watermelon Float.
This is not your normal ice cream float.
But it works in a not so normal kind of way.
It is refreshing yet creamy and so summery. Kind of like all those Italian Cream Sodas that are currently all the rage, but like homemade and in float form.
My favorite way to enjoy this float (and all floats for that matter) is before the ice cream is completely melted, at the 'soft' stage.
If you are looking for a 'grown up' float, this is the float for you (and if you really wanted to make it 'grown up' adding a “splash” or two of rum would do the trick).
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Fresh Mint and Watermelon Float
Prep Time: 5 minutes Serves: 1
1- 1 ½ cups fresh seedless watermelon chunks
3-4 fresh mint leaves
1 (12 ounce) can lime sparkling water
2-3 scoops vanilla ice cream (store bought or homemade)
In a blender, combine the watermelon, mint and half of the water. Blend and pulse quickly, just until watermelon has broken down. Pour watermelon mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Fill glass with vanilla ice cream and pour watermelon soda over top. Add remaining sparkling water. Serve immediately and garnish with additional fresh mint.
Adapted from How Sweet It Is
Other recipes you might enjoy:
“Skinny” Strawberry Cheesecake Shake
Black Cow Ice Cream Soda
Chocolate Coffee Shake
Bananas Foster Daiquiri