Spike Your Sweets: ROOT Beer Float Shooters
If we had to describe our ideal root beer float in two words, they would be: mini and boozy. And these are those floats! Today is National Root Beer Float Day (yes, there is a day for everything), so we’re celebrating with these single-serving floats made with one of our favorite spirits—ROOT from Art in the Age.
Did you know that root beer was originally called “root tea” and was alcoholic? It was during temperance movement that the alcohol was removed and the name was changed to root beer. We applaud Art in the Age for bringing the booze back, and we’ll be celebrating National Root Beer Day with these shooters from now on.
– vanilla bean ice cream
– ROOT (available to order here)
– root beer
– Mason jar shot glasses (Though any shot glasses will do.)
1. Using a melon baller or tablespoon, put one scoop of vanilla ice cream in each shot glass.
2. Add 1 tablespoon of ROOT to each shot glass.
3. Top with your favorite root beer. It’s key to add the ROOT first, then the regular root beer—the carbonation essentially mixes the float.
4. Add another tablespoon of vanilla ice cream and a straw, and serve.
The melon baller is the perfect scoop size for these little shot glasses. We especially like that they say “Shots” on the front.
All it takes is a splash of ROOT, up to 1 tablespoon. You’ll be tempted to just use ROOT, but you’ll need the carbonation of the root beer to make it a true float.
Top it off with root beer, until the foam reaches the neck of the shot glass.
One more mini scoop of ice cream.
We cut our striped straws in half so they fit the mason jars perfectly.
It gets even better as the ice cream starts to melt.
It won’t take long before the first batch is gone, and it will be time to make more.
What’s your favorite kind of float? Tell us in the comments!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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