Cherry-Vanilla Milk Shake with Root Beer Granita

cherry vanilla milk shake with root beer granita
Photo: Victoria Pearson

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.


  • 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.

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