You’ve probably heard about the studies establishing chocolate milk as a great workout recovery drink. I’ve also come across a few that say beer after a workout is not as bad as you’d think. Sooooo . . . after a 15-mile run this weekend, a chocolate stout float was the obvious choice for perfect recovery beverage. The marathon is just two months away. Eek! Next weekend’s long run will be 18 miles, so another ice cream float may be in order. Running 15 miles actually wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, though. The trick is to run slower than usual. And to select the appropriate recovery beverage.
For these floats I used a beer that at 6º ABV was not overly boozy, but if you’re thinking more dessert than post-workout drink, try a syrupy-strong imperial stout like Sierra Nevada’s Narwhal or New Holland Brewery’s Dragon’s Milk with vanilla ice cream (preferably a premium, high-fat variety). Yum.
Chocolate Stout Float
- 1 pint chocolate ice cream (I used Haagen Dazs, but any chocolate ice cream will do)
- 1 12-oz bottle of your favorite stout beer (I used Left Hand Milk Stout)
- Scoop ice cream into two tall glasses. Divide beer evenly between the two glasses.
Serves 2 (or 4 with two more glasses and some restraint)