When I went looking for the specialty ingredient in this ridiculously easy (and therefore easy to consume – sluuurrrp) recipe, I asked for Pimm’s No. 1 GIN, as it says in the recipe. Which was met with many a Say who? and The What? at various liquor stores around town. I explained that this was some kin of gin concoction. I finally found a store that said, no, actually it’s a liqueur. Since that person told me it was a reasonable price but they only had one left, I promptly drove my butt down there the next day to purchase it before noon, like any self-respecting Southern U.S. lady does. Then I looked this Pimms stuff up whe I got home, and it turns out it IS a gin-based drink. Take that, liquor store owners. But it’s a liqueur, too, so….whatevs.
Rest assured, we are not just encouraging you to put alcohol in your adult ice cream floats, there’s actual cooking involved! You make your own strawberry syrup free of annoying label chemicals no one can pronounce and minus that high fructose corn syrup stuff that causes roughly half the U.S. population to curl into their fetal safety positions.
So, like, chop your berries, man. You don’t need to chop them infinitesimally small. Large chunks will do. Strawberries submit pretty quickly to heat and sugar, putting up absolutely no resistance, really, to becoming a liquid.
While you’ll still be able to see the chunks you cut, they’re all soft and squishy now, which is good for straining through your fine mesh sieve. At this point, after straining out all the liquid and throwing out any solids, return the liquid to the pan to cook down a little longer to thicken.
Once your strawberry sauce has cooled, time to start making some floats! Pour a little in a glass and….
Next goes in the Pimms. I know, it looks like the strawberry sauce. We used the same tablespoon, cuz hello, who wants to wash ALL the tablespoons?
Next goes in two scoops of ice cream. This one was fun, a Strawberry PIE ice cream from Blue Bell. Yum! It had some whipped cream ribbons and actual pie pieces. Slurp and chew, folks.
Last but not least is a little lemon-lime soda, your choice in brands. Ginger ale would also be great in this.
In practically no time, you’re ready for some boozy ice cream! It’s almost spring time folks, so if this intrigues, get to Pimms hunting and try it out. For an easy fix for the kiddos, just eliminate the alcohol of course. Raise your glasses and yum on!
Pimm & Proper Ice Cream Floats
from Sunny Anderson via Food Network
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Level: Easy Serves: 4
For the syrup:
- 1 pound strawberries, hulled and chopped
- 1/4 cup sugar
For the floats:
- 1 cup Pimm’s No. 1 gin
- 8 small scoops strawberry ice cream
- 1/2 liter lemon-lime soda
- 4 strawberries, for garnish
Make the syrup: In a small saucepan, combine the strawberries, sugar and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until thickened, about 20 minutes. Strain, return to the saucepan and reduce for 10 more minutes, or until the syrup is thick enough to coat a spoon. Chill until ready to serve.
Make the floats: Mix 1 tablespoon strawberry syrup with 2 tablespoons gin in each glass; add 2 scoops ice cream, top with the soda and garnish with a strawberry.
Once again, feel free to use another type of lemon-lime soda, ginger ale or whatever floats your float!
You could even try another ice cream, but know that the Pimms does have a faint citrus zing to it, so maybe an ice cream flavor that would do well with that?