Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by Leah Hall
A boozy version of the kid’s classic Purple Cow Float!
There are many flavors that can take you right back to your childhood, be it that cookie your grandma made, your favorite candy, or a treat. One treat for Leah was the Purple Cow. It’s a soda float made with vanilla ice cream and grape Nehi soda that was famous at soda fountains all across the Midwest.
What if we recaptured that childhood flavor but added a definite adult edge and made an Adult Purple Cow?
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We took a little road trip recently and at one of our stops we needed a little refreshment. That’s when we saw we had the chance to hit an old fashioned soda fountain where they had all kinds of vintage sodas. One of those sodas was Nehi Grape, which is classic soda that has been around since the 1920’s and was the choice of Radar O’Reilly in the show M*A*S*H*!
Drinking a Nehi Grape is like taking a trip back to your childhood, rolling down the sidewalk on your bike, watching fireflies on a hot summer night or spending the whole day outside with your friends! Nehi Grape tastes like you think the color purple might taste. It’s apologetically candy sweet and kind of artificial grape flavored, this soda tastes totally vintage like the glass bottles with the old fashioned letters that looks like something you might find in your grandma’s icebox.
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While this old fashioned soda might not have the most authentic natural flavor, it is really fantastic when mixed with vanilla ice cream to make a float. The sweet soda mixes with the creamy vanilla and makes a delicious lavender colored foam. The foam tastes like a grape creamsicle known as the Purple Cow float.
What Ingredients are Needed for the Purple Cow Float?
- Whipped Cream
- Grape Soda
- Vanilla Ice Cream
Being cocktail bloggers, it is only natural that we added a little boozy component to this creamy sweet treat. You know we love boozy desserts! We decided not to mess with the classic flavor of the Purple Cow, so we decided to go with vodka, a spirit that is relatively unflavored.
The sweetness of the Nehi Grape helps cut any burn from the vodka that might have been present. This makes this a prefect boozy float! Leave out the vodka and the kids can have the same drink as you!
We topped the whole float with some whipped cream and put a cherry on top! One of our brandied cherries of course! This brings the whole treat together!
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A childhood favorite has been turned into an adult favorite with vodka and Grape Nehi soda.
Purple Cow Float with Vodka
- 1 ounce vodka
- 2-3 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 4-5 ounces Grape Nehi soda
- cherry for garnish
- whipped cream
Add the ice cream to a tall glass.
Add the vodka.
Top with Grape Nehi soda.
Garnish with whipped cream and a brandied cherry.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 393Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 58mgSodium: 125mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 1gSugar: 28gProtein: 4.6g
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