August 6 marks National Root Beer Float Day and the only thing I love more than the dessert beverage is the idea of turning it into a boozy one. Fortunately our friends over at Loft & Bear artisanal vodka were one step ahead of me and created one at their downtown Los Angeles distillery, naturally calling it the RootBEAR Float (I also love a good play on words). Let’s just say I know what I’ll be drinking tonight.
1 1/2 oz. vanilla bean-infused Loft & Bear artisanal vodka (recipe below)*
3/4 oz. Art in the Age Root
Fevertree club soda
Pour vanilla bean-infused Loft & Bear into shaker,then add Art in the Age Root and ice. Shake and strain into rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Top with soda. Garnish with vanilla bean stalk (optional).
Vanilla Bean-Infused Loft & Bear artisanal vodka
1 bottle Loft & Bear artisanal vodka
1-2 vanilla bean stalks
Infuse Loft & Bear artisanal vodka with a vanilla bean stalk for 1-3 hours (depends on volume of vodka to quantity of vanilla bean). Whole bottle to one stalk takes 2-3 hours. It helps to make tiny cuts in the vanilla bean stalk to speed up the infusion process.
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