This is an old favorite, and I may even have invented it, though I don’t recall very clearly. It’s been 30 or 40 years since the first time I made one, and 10 or 15 since the last time:
Dr. Weevil’s Elixir (or ‘Cranberry Float’)
In a tall and not-too-narrow glass place roughly equal quantities of
- vanilla ice cream
- club soda
- cranberry juice (not sweetened ‘cranberry cocktail’)
Stir with a long spoon and enjoy. It has a pleasant pink color and is just the right balance of sweet and sour. No doubt because of the juice, it is even more thirst-quenching than a root beer float, and just as cooling. I tried making it with some black currant juice I happened to have around. The result was worth drinking but not worth repeating, disappointing in taste and color (too prunish).
I wish I’d thought of making these three weeks ago — the daily highs here have been anywhere from 95o to 102o just about every day for the last three weeks, and limeade hasn’t really helped. Now I need to go out and buy some long spoons.