A Parade of Floats

The appeal of Town Square’s Meatball Spot is undeniable—pizza, salads and juicy meatballs any way you like ’em. And while the kiddies and ’tweens may enjoy the close proximity of a movie theater flanked by a candy shop and two fro-yo places, adults might prefer a babysitter and the proximity of Meatball Spot’s bar.

Here, big kids (the over-21 variety) can channel their youth with spiked floats in familiar, comforting flavors that recall visits to the soda shop: grape, orange, strawberry and root beer ($9). Bar consultant Ken Hall specializes in creating cocktails for high-volume venues and has a knack for adapting sweets and desserts into cocktails. For his lineup of spiked floats, Hall substituted heavy whipping cream for ice cream, and used premium vodka, rum and liqueurs to usher a childhood treat into adulthood.

To take your own trip down memory lane, try the following recipes.

Spiked Floats

As served at Meatball Spot in Town Square, $9

Strawberry Float

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ounce rock candy syrup, 1½ ounces heavy whipping cream, ½ ounce Licor 43, ½ ounce Fragoli Wild Strawberry Liqueur and 1½ ounces Bacardi Dragonberry rum. Add ice, cover, shake and strain over fresh ice into a chimney glass. Top with strawberry soda and garnish with a fresh strawberry.

Orange Float

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ounce Monin orange syrup, 1½ ounces heavy whipping cream, 1 ounce Licor 43 and 1½ ounces Ketel One Oranje vodka. Add ice, cover, shake and strain over fresh ice into a chimney glass. Top with orange soda and garnish with an orange slice.

Grape Float

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ounce Monin grape syrup, 1½ ounces heavy whipping cream, ½ ounce Licor 43, ½ ounce Grape Pucker and 1½ ounces Three Olives Purple vodka. Add ice, cover, shake and strain over fresh ice into a chimney glass. Top with grape soda and garnish with three grapes on a cocktail pick.

Root Beer Float

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ounce rock candy syrup, 1½ ounces heavy whipping cream, ½ ounce Licor 43, ½ ounce Tuaca and 1½ ounces Three Olives Root Beer vodka. Add ice, cover, shake and strain over fresh ice into a chimney glass. Top with root beer.

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