Oh it’s Friday. And it’s HOT. After two mild summers the midwest heat is not holding back. We’ve been in the high 80s more than not, and we find ourselves making more and more excuses to get ice cream, occasionally perhaps maybe just maybe having ice cream for dinner here and there.
The drink this week is a summertime childhood memory (which is weird, I get it. It’s a cocktail. Read on). My parents used to make these drinks, which they called an Oklahoma, on hot summer evenings. I have memories watching my dad, who was primarily a beer drinker, mix the summery concoction in specific plastic cups my mom kept just for these drinks, with those special milkshake straws that have a little spoon on the end to get the end of the drink out and into your mouth. He would add Kahlua, Vodka, classic Coke, a splash of half and half, and then the best part– a scoop of vanilla Häagen-Dazs ice cream.
We would sit and watch and he would give us a bite of the “premium” ice cream reserved for these drinks. Sometimes we were even allowed a small sip of the drink my parents reserved for the hottest summer evenings.
Now, as a parent I wonder if my kids watch myself and Chris mix these mystery drinks on summer nights and wonder what they taste like. Maybe when they get a little older we’ll give them a sip and they might grow up and try recreate the drinks on Friday nights.
My dad passed away twelve years ago this month, so unfortunately I’ll never be able to share an Oklahoma with him. But on this Fathers Day weekend– I can do the things he loved. Blast some tunes, work outside, hang with family, and when the work is done for the day– mix up a cold, creamy Oklahoma. Happy Father’s Day weekend everyone!
Makes 1 cocktail
1 oz Vodka
1 oz Kahlua
Splash of regular coke (I prefer “Hecho in Mexico” Coca-Cola)
Splash of Half and Half
Vanilla Häagen-Dazs or any premium vanilla ice cream
Fill a cup with clear ice. Pour 1 oz kahlua, 1 oz vodka, splash of Coke, splash of half and half and stir well. Dollop as much ice cream as you want on top. Enjoy on the hottest, muggiest Midwestern evening.