My trip to Seattle over the weekend was just what the doctor ordered. It had all my necessities; great company, nature, first time adventures, sunshine, awesome food, cathartic tears, fits of laughter, and naps.
Pretty ideal if you ask me.
The weather was hot, the floating river was cold, and I felt like I was being bear hugged by summer. The love continued today as I returned to San Diego to muggy temps, hazy sun and some good, backyard fun with my two favorite mini friends. I cannot say enough times how much I love summer.
Two of my other summer necessities are ice cream, and ice cold beer. I’m not a huge beer drinker the rest of the year (although I love me a dark stout), but nothing beats an icy local brew while you’re floating in the pool, or on a hot afternoon working in the garden. Luckily, San Diego is home to some of the country’s best craft breweries, so I don’t have to look too far for an awesome selection.
Taking a bit of inspiration from a treat Val and enjoyed several years ago at a local bar, I decided to combine my two summer faves and make some ice cream beer floats. I started with Coronado Brewing Company’s Orange Avenue Wit, a light bodied beer with a orangey-citrus flavor. When I think of orange, I automatically think of creamsicles, so vanilla ice cream was the obvious choice.
Beer & Ice Cream Creamsicle Float….Um, wow. Total game changer. Just as good as I remember the creamsicles of my youth being only with a boozy twist.
I feel as though I’ve had a revelation.
My summers will forever be awesomer. Life in general is suddenly better. I may or may not have done a bit of a happy dance accompanied by a fist pump when I tasted this. They are truly that good and I command you to go make one right now.
Stay tuned tomorrow for more local brews, and more floats. You’re either going to love me by the end of this blog series or you’re going to think I’m an over eater with a drinking problem. I don’t care either way, because I will happily be enjoying my favorite season of the year to it’s fullest potential.