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Cherry-Vanilla Milk Shake with Root Beer Granita

The traditional root beer float reinvented. A quart of ice cream is whirled with sour cherries until frothy and then capped with shards of frozen soda.

  • Servings: 8
cherry vanilla milk shake with root beer granita

Photography: Victoria Pearson

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July 2008


  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) root beer
  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream
  • 2 cups bottled sour cherries with their juices, cherries drained and juices reserved


  1. Pour root beer into a baking pan and freeze, uncovered, until firm, about 2 1/2 hours. Using a fork, scrape into small shards. Cover, and freeze until ready to use.

  2. Puree ice cream and reserved cherry juice in a blender until smooth. Add cherries, and pulse until combined but still chunky. Divide among 6 to 8 glasses, and top each with 2 tablespoons root beer granita.

Cook's Notes

Bottled sour cherries are available online or at specialty food stores.

Reviews Add a comment

  • ruthhallows
    21 JUL, 2008
    I purchased some at Trader Joe's.
  • craftareba
    10 JUN, 2008
    I'm having trouble finding bottled sour cherries--even online. Any suggestions? Would canned pie cherries work as a substitue? My husband is dying to have this treat for dessert on Father's Day!