Growing up, my dad would have his friend, Michael, over on occasion. While many dude friends knock on the door holding a six-pack of beer, Michael would always show up with what he and my father called “The Nectar of the Gods,” or simply, “The Nectar.” This was their nickname for Vernors ginger ale. Vernors, in addition to being America’s oldest surviving soda, is my dad’s favorite soda.
My dad is also partial to a root beer float from time to time. Or really any kind of float. With all the offerings on the Dairy Queen menu, he would often go with a cherry slush with vanilla soft serve. Which is pure madness considering there are Blizzards with candy in them to be eaten!
While doing some research on root beer floats, I discovered that there is another soda float called a Boston Cooler. Never heard of it? I hadn’t either. It’s Vernors and vanilla ice cream, and I guess it’s pretty popular in Detroit/southern Michigan. As an Ohioan and OSU alumna, I don’t know if I’m allowed to like something that hails from the state up north, but I have to say, it’s pretty delicious. I never had much school spirit, anyway, and apparently all it takes to convert me is one well-made dessert beverage.
So, with Father’s Day coming up, why not finish off a nice barbeque (ribs, anyone?) with a refreshing popsicle? These are so easy to make, I have faith you can do it even if you have zero kitchen skillz. If you have some leftover homemade vanilla ice cream, use it! If not, there’s no shame in running to the store for a pint.
I’m guessing my dad’s menu would also include some kettle chips and mac & cheese. What does your dad like to eat?
- Pour 1 tablespoon of root beer into each of half of the popsicle molds. Pour 1 tablespoon of Vernors into each of the remaining molds.
- Spoon 1-2 tablespoons of vanilla ice cream into each mold. Pour sodas into the proper molds, filling them almost to the top. Go slowly, because the soda will foam up. Wipe any excess foam off the top.
- Place lid on popsicle maker and insert popsicle sticks. Transfer to the freezer and freeze completely, at least 3 hours.