Houston eateries are, ahem, rooting for an old-fashioned take on cool treats this National Ice Cream Day, which is Sunday, July 19!
FM Kitchen & Bar on Shepherd — a popular neighborhood bar and restaurant known for cool cocktails, craft beers, burgers, and locally sourced comfort food — is pitching root beer floats made with Houston-made Saint Arnold’s Root Beer. The frothy, ice-creamy beverage, also known as a Brown Cow or Black Cow, can be made not only with the local brewery’s bubbly beverage, but also Mexican Coco-Cola and Mexican Fanta. Available for both dine-in and curbside, the floats go for $6 each.
At the same time, Ariana Quant, head pastry chef of Uchi parent company Hai Hospitality, has an idea for a make-it-yourself new spin on root beer floats — root beer granita. The recipe is simple. First make a simple syrup by bringing a quarter cup each of sugar and water to a boil and letting it cool slightly before adding three 12-ounce bottles of root beer. (We’re recommending St. Arnold’s naturally.) Then pour it into a glass pan, freeze it and use a fork to scrape it into little crystals. Serve it topped with vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce.
At the restaurant, Uchi is featuring a decidedly fancier affair — coconut-lychee sorbet — to mark National Ice Cream Day. The frozen confection will be accompanied with blueberries pickled in Calamansi vinegar.
AT TOP: FM Kitchen & Bar