A Vegan Kefir Float to Make You Feel like a Kid (minus the sugar bellyache)

by | Jul 9, 2019

What keeps me motivated is not the food itself but all the bonds and memories the food represents.

―Michael Chiarello

To the person who originally believed in the ingenuity of pouring a cold liquid over a perfectly good scoop of ice cream, we can only strive to express our eternal gratitude. Without you, we would live in a world bereft of the Ice Cream Soda and its offspring—which I would argue eclipses the original—the Ice Cream Float.

If you had asked 8-year-old me to name the best version of a float, I wouldn’t have blinked an eye before saying Root Beer Float, preferably enjoyed outside a dairy bar on a hot summer’s day. But I’m older now, and I’m not as obsessed with achieving high concentrations of refined sweeteners in my food (especially in the heat of summer). So a Root Beer Float is one sugar bomb of a childhood memory I’m content to leave at just that: a memory.

But a Kefir Float? That’s a whole other story.

Insanely refreshing. Just the right amount of sweetness, tartness and fruitiness—all things my grown-up palette loves—and no feeling of a sugar overload when it’s gone.

For my Kefir Float, I’m going for the amazing vegan kefirs made by My Goodness (in this case ginger and hibiscus) and the swoon-worthy vegan ice creams made by Nobó (lemon and vanilla).

There’s no limit to the pairing possibilities. Try out different ice cream and kefir or kombucha combinations until you find the one that makes you feel like a kid again—a kid with very good taste.

Vegan Kefir Float

The method is straightforward: Place a scoop of ice cream in a small glass. Pour kefir into the glass until the foam reaches the top. Add another scoop of ice cream. Serve with a straw and a spoon. My flavour combinations:
  • My Goodness Hibiscus Kefir + Nobó Vanilla Frozen Goodness
  • My Goodness Ginger Kefir + Nobó Lemon Frozen Goodness
By the way, I may end up having at least one more Root Beer Float when I share one with Frank, my husband and BLAM partner. Frank is Irish and he’s never tasted a Root Beer Float—they weren’t a staple of his Irish upbringing as they were of my American one. I couldn’t begin to guess if he’ll favour the knock-you-off-your-feet sweetness of the original, or the more grown-up, more refreshing Kefir Float. No matter which he goes for, it’s a food memory I look forward to making.

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