Homemade green tea ice cream is topped with fizzy ginger ale, for these fun and festive Matcha Ginger Floats! The earthy, grassy flavor of this creamy treat pairs perfectly with spicy ginger soda, and you’ll love the naturally bright-green color for St. Patrick’s Day!
Good morning and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
I know this is kind of a minor holiday for a lot of people, but I just love it so much! There are so many fun foodie ways to celebrate, and I’ve got tons of ideas here on the blog. Last week, I talked about how there are boozy recipes, and authentic Irish recipes, and then just-plain-fun recipes that really have nothing to do with being Irish but they put you in the holiday spirit with their vibrant green color.
You all seemed to really like the Shamrock Shake Macarons, so I thought I’d follow up with another green treat today.
The fabulous color of these ice cream floats is 100% all-natural. It comes from matcha, a finely ground green tea powder. It lends this drink an earthy, grassy sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with ginger. It can be purchased online here, or you can easily pick up an ounce or two from your local coffee shop. That’s what I did; it only costs a few dollars and I’ve got a few other matcha recipes here, if you’re looking to use up any leftovers.
We start with a homemade green tea ice cream that is so much fun to make. And pretty simple too- just heat egg yolks, sugar, matcha, and milk together until thickened, then stir in some heavy cream and vanilla. Pop it in the ice cream maker and you’re good to go!
For the soda, I used my KitchenAid Sparkling Beverage Maker to make a homemade ginger ale. Boy, can I tell you?! My kids loved this machine. Pulling that lever to fizz up the water was the highlight of our afternoon. Get ready for lots more bubbly drinks come summertime.
Check out this quick video for a little tutorial on how these fun & festive floats come together!
Matcha Ginger Ice Cream Floats
Homemade green tea ice cream is topped with fizzy ginger ale, for these fun and festive Matcha Ginger Floats! The earthy, grassy flavor of this creamy treat pairs perfectly with spicy ginger soda, and you'll love the naturally bright-green color for St. Patrick's Day!
Yield: 4-6 servings
- 4 egg yolks
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons matcha powder
- a pinch of kosher salt
- ¾ cup milk
- 1 ½ cups heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 liter cold water
- 1 packet ginger ale soda mix
- whipped cream, for garnish
- maraschino cherries, for garnish
Visit KitchenAid's blog, The Kitchenthusiast, for the full recipe and how-to!
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