Every summer I set out to determine what my “signature summer sipper” is going to be. I don’t drink cocktails a lot, but when I do and it’s summer, I want something cool, light and refreshing.
One unfortunate summer my summer drink was Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea and Lemonade. Have you ever had that? So good, right? Too good… and I think by early June I had learned just how good it was and how easy it went down and drank just a tad bit too much on a fun neighborhood night. Let’s just say, that night my friend Sara and I ended up out on a trampoline at 2am getting and giving the scoop on life to our college bound neighbors. I think that was the end of the Jeremiah Weed Sweet Tea concoction for that summer.
I waited a little later in the summer this year to figure out what my cocktail was going to be… I could say I was pacing myself, but honestly it was just I’ve gone the lazy route and have been perfectly happy simply opening up a bottle of wine and calling it good.
This past weekend we went with Nick’s family to the Minnesota Twins / Yankees game in Minneapolis. It was there that I had my first taste of 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey in a drink called The Big Ginger. Under the hot sun of the ball field, the refreshing blend of 2 Gingers, ginger ale, lime and lemon was absolutely perfect. I decided right then that THIS was going to be my Summer of 2014 Cocktail.
My store had other plans…
I got to our local market and found the most pathetic looking limes on display. Like dinky little pale limes… not worthy of such a drink titled The Big Ginger. I got an idea at that moment, and it ended up being a great one if I do say so myself… lime sherbet. Instead of adding lime to my Big Ginger, I added lime sherbet and made what I am calling a Big Ginger Float Cocktail.
How’s that for THE cocktail of the summer? It tastes as great as it looks, I can promise you that!
The Big Ginger Float Cocktail
- 2 parts 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey chilled
- Ginger Ale chilled
- Squeeze of 1 lemon wedge
- 1 big scoop Lime Sherbet
- In a small cocktail glass, pour in 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey.
- Top with ginger ale and one squeeze of a lemon wedge until glass is 3/4 full.
- Add 1 scoop of lime sherbet.
- Serve immediately
Looks incredible!! Love how easy it it!!
It is so easy – and would be good even without the whiskey! A little ginger ale and lime sherbert is a magical combo!
Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says
Ohhhhhh…Kristen. You shouldn’t have. Really. Now I simply MUST try this. I love 2 Gingers! Was wonderful to see you for a bit here in MN – have an awesome rest of your summer! x0
It was so great seeing you too! Thanks for coming all that way and taking time away from work for breakfast! I really appreciate it!
Carol Haile says
I’d love to come sip one with you. 😉
Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says
This is most definitely a summer cocktail!! So yummy!
Isn’t it? Will cool you right off! Have a great weekend!
Sweet tea vodka…oh yes it is way too good! But I do love this one too! Ginger seems to be so “in” this summer!
It’s pretty dangerous…but so so good! This cocktail isn’t quite as dangerous… a little harder to gulp down because of the sherbet but so good!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
Gorgeous. Loving your summer cocktail!
Thank you, friend! Someday you should come have happy hour with me 🙂
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
That would be super fun! I’d have to bring the iced coffee ice cream! 🙂 PS: Thank you so much for sharing them on your FB page! xoxo
Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough says
LOVE 2 Gingers whiskey! I’ve had my fair share of drinks with it and it’s definitely perfect for the summer. With a scoop of sherbet, well, now I can have one before dinner AND one for dessert. 😉
Definitely – that is a GREAT idea, Stephanie!
Meagan @ A Zesty Bite says
I haven’t heard of the Jeremiah drink but I’m familiar with Arnold Palmers! I’m on vacation right now and I would give anything to have this ginger float cocktail with me while I’m sitting by the pool.
I don’t know whether to tell you to pick up some Jeremiah or not… it is really amazing! But dangerous 🙂
I hope you are having a GREAT vacation!
Pat Wogan says
When I was in High School, my BFF and I would go to the local soda shop and order a ginger ale with a dip of lime sherbert. It was sooo refreshing. It was our summer and winter go–to drink. Makes me thirsty just to think of it.
That sounds so good, mom. I bet the girls would love it if I’d make them one of those!
oh I like the way you think!! this looks fabulous!
I’ll make you one when you visit 🙂
Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says
I like your style…and this drink. It has all of my fav flavors in it 🙂 Happy Summer.
It’d be pretty perfect on that sweet patio courtyard of yours!
Lori @ RecipeGirl says
Totally trying this soon!
I hope you do! It is really refreshing.
Barbara | Creative Culinary says
This looks great; cool and refreshing and just a bit zippy. But you should really spread your wings more girl…I just did a watermelon margarita that should not be missed. I’ll do your drink if you’ll do mine. 🙂
I always love the last drink I make the most and then I do another one a week later that I love the most…and so on. I can’t help myself!
I know – I need peruse your sight more often for drink inspiration!
I love ginger! This is so my drink for the rest of the summer too!! 🙂 Love the trampoline story LOL!!
It was a super fun night, but man… the next day was hard!
um yum, that sounds amazing! its going to be almost 90 degrees in Vancouver today, so it’s a perfect day for me to try this drink:)
Wow – I had no idea it got that warm up there! Is that typical?
not typical at all:)
your drink was a hit!
Heather of Kitchen Concoctions says
This sounds so refreshing! I want to sip one by the pool on this hot summer day!
That would be the perfect place for this summer sipper! A refreshing cocktail by the pool is the best!
Ashley @ QLCC says
I LOVE adding booze to ice cream and popsicles and things! And I love ginger. This looks like a win to me!
I’m totally going to have to do it more often! It was a winning combination.
Yum! This sounds so refreshing! Ginger is one of my favorite flavors.
Mine too, Lindsay! Thanks!
Marnely Rodriguez-Murray says
Can you make me these when you visit?! YUM!
Nathalie C. @ Devoted Foodie says
Did someone say ginger?! I’ve never heard of this and I’m not a fan of whiskey (that’s probably why I’ve never heard of this) and, I’m not usually a fan of “floats” but this looks really good!
Wow. I need this in my life this summer! This looks amazing!
Liz @ The Lemon Bowl says
It’s so funny – whenever I add lime sherbet to a drink, people go NUTS asking for my secret ingredient!!! Thank you for the reminder – it really is the best.
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
Now I”m really thirsty!! It totally does look like the perfect cocktail!
Anna @ Garnish with Lemon says
Yay! You found 2 Gingers! This drink is such a fun homage to your trip. Loved catching up with you at breakfast, Kristen. Thanks for taking the time!