|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 5g||6%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||21%|
|Total Carbohydrate 14g||5%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
The inside scoop is not as simple as adding a shot of Jäger to the classic childhood drink (though that isn't a bad idea). No, this recipe is a little more complicated than that and definitely puts a mature spin on the float you're used to.
This recipe begins with a misting of Yellow Chartreuse in a tumbler, then builds the liqueur, root beer, and ice cream in normal float fashion. It is topped off with root beer bitters and an expression of orange oil. The first and last steps are modest but essential. They offer an extra dimension of flavor and are easy enough to do. One taste of this delicious and complex iced cream cocktail and you'll realize that the little bit of extra effort was worth it!
- 1 spray Yellow Chartreuse
- 2 ounces Jägermeister (chilled)
- 4 ounces root beer (chilled)
- 1 scoop ice cream (vanilla)
- 3 dashes root beer bitters
- Garnish: orange peel
Gather the ingredients.
Spritz an old-fashioned glass with Chartreuse.
Add chilled Jägermeister and root beer.
Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top.
Dash the ice cream with root beer bitters.
Express an orange peel over top of the drink and discard.
Serve and enjoy!
- To spritz the Chartreuse, you will need to pour the liqueur into a small spritzer or mister bottle. Make sure it hasn't been previously used for any non-food related items and that it's clean so as not to taint the spirit's flavor.
- You can skip the spritzer but get the same effect. Simply pour a splash of the liqueur into the glass and swirl it around until the interior is coated. Dump out the excess. This method intensifies the Chartreuse flavor a bit, but that's not a bad thing.
- For the bitters, there are a number of recipes online for homemade root beer bitters that you might want to try. One of the best commercial options is the Sasparilla Dry Bitters from Bad Dog Bar Craft.
- Explore your root beer options. Many of the best-known brands—Barq's, A&W, etc.—are good for root beer floats, but they're often very sugary. It's not hard to find really impressive root beers produced by small soda companies. These tend to be made with real cane sugar and have a nice balanced and natural flavor that is a better fit for cocktails.
- If you don't have an orange, add a dash or two of orange bitters instead.
- There really are no good substitutes for either Jägermeister or Chartreuse. That doesn't mean you can't have fun with other spirits in this recipe. Use it as inspiration to create your own version of a root beer float cocktail. For instance, whiskey, rum, or Bénédictine, would be fun bases to use instead of Jäger. Instead of Chartreuse, try a spritz of amaretto or butterscotch or cinnamon schnapps.