I dunno about you, Chitlins, but I lurve me some bourbon. However, being a girl, I have a hard time drinking it straight (or on the rocks, or neat or whatever the proper terminology is), so I like to mix it with things. My favorite mixer of all time is ginger ale. But that can get old pretty quickly. And then I stumbled upon a marvelous discovery that only took me a year to recreate.
One of my favorite restaurants in the city is Blue Smoke. They have some seriously bangin’ BBQ from every different part of the US and they have these killer jalapeno hush puppies. I kid you not. To.Die.For. I went there for my birthday a few years ago, but I was so full I didn’t even look at the dessert menu.
Then The BF got some kind of fancy free money or something and I had been talking about my love for Blue Smoke for so long that we decided to go there and stuff ourselves silly. It worked, I was definitely silly by the end of that meal. But I purposely saved room for dessert this time, knowing we had lots of free money to spend. You guys, you should be so majorly thankful I did because I ordered the most heavenly dessert there.
I can’t remember the name of it, something like Grandmother’s Jack Daniels Float or some nonsense. Basically it was root beer, Jack Daniels, ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, and sparkles (sparkles may have been in my imagination, but believe me, it sparkled). We may have gotten funny looks moaning over that dessert. And I’ve only been dreaming of it and talking about it for-ev-uh.
Over memorial day weekend The BF had requested fried chicken and waffles. I felt that this float would be an excellent addition to the menu. Or replacement, whatever. I changed it up a little because I like bourbon and I needed it for the baked beans I was making anyway (trust me, these are all recipes to come, I promise). It’s so stupid easy you’ll be amazed you didn’t think of it first.
*Just a Note: If you want to get fancy you can make your own ice cream and hot fudge. I’ve listed a recipe for the hot fudge below. I did both of these things because I’m an overachiever. But store bought will do the trick just fine.
Bourbon Coke Hot Fudge Floats
1 recipe hot fudge (below)
vanilla ice cream
whipped cream (optional)
In a large ice cream glass or tumble, mix coke and bourbon to your preference. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Heat hot fudge until it is of pouring consistency and drizzle over top. Top with whipped cream. Serve.
Adapted from Annie’s Eats
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
3 tbsp butter
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
6 tbsp corn syrup
Pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp bourbon (optional)
In a double boiler melt the chocolate and butter until smooth. Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan bring the water to a boil. When butter and chocolate are melted add to the water, careful it bubbles a lot. Stir in the sugar, corn syrup and pinch of salt.
Lower the heat to maintain an even boil, and continue cooking for 10 minutes stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens. The sauce will expand a bit in the sauce pot so keep an eye on it and make sure it doesn’t boil over.
Once mixture has thickened, it will look like fairly thick chocolate syrup, remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes. Add vanilla and bourbon if using and stir until smooth. Let cool slightly before serving. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge.