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Are you ready for the upcoming college basketball tournament? I sure am! There is something so wonderful about filling out brackets, watching the games with my parents, and cheering on our favorite teams.
I’m so glad I have them to watch the games with and my aunt and friends to text with during the games because it’s no fun to watch alone. Sporting events are about coming together and celebrating victory or dealing with defeat as a whole.
Coco-Cola has been a part of my victories and defeats, whether sports related or not, since I can remember. Whether it was my birthday and I was handing out cans of Cherry Coke (my favorite!) to my classmates along with some cupcakes or it was the middle of summer and my baby sitter and I were cooling off with an ice cold can of Coke from the cooler as we sat by the pool, it’s always been something that connects me to other people.
Even better are the Coca-Cola NCAA® Final Four Packs that are available at Walmart. I stocked up on my last trip. These are four packs of cans that come in Cherry Coke, Vanilla Coke, and Coke Zero. They are perfect because you can try each flavor without making a big commitment. I’ve always been on the indecisive side, so I’m a fan of not having to make decisions
Plus, they are perfect for sharing. I split up our packs so Dad could have a variety stash at work and Mom and I could have ours at home.
I wanted to whip up a quick, easy, fun recipe with the Cherry Coke and Vanilla Coke, so I decided on some Boozy Coke Floats. Clearly, these would be totally, completely awesome without the vodka for kids, but if you are looking for an adult beverage, vodka is a fun addition.
The ice cream flavor possibilities are endless, but I went with salted caramel and butter pecan. After filling my glass with slightly softened ice cream, I poured either the Cherry Coke or Vanilla Coke to almost the top. (I just realized a combination of the two would be awesome as well!) And then I added just enough vodka.
My favorite combination was the Cherry Coke with the butter pecan ice cream and a hint of cherry vodka, but play around to find your favorites. The smell of the Cherry Coke took me right back to childhood along with the melty ice cream and then the vodka was a bridge into adulthood.
Mom and Dad loved these too (Dad’s just a little camera shy), and so will all the people you watch basketball with, whether man, woman, young, or old.
Be sure to enter the National Coke Zero Final Four Selfie Contest! If you upload a selfie with a Coca-Cola product on the site below, you have the chance to win tickets to the 2016 NCAA Final Four. And then you can go to the site to find your selfie and see all the others.
1 can Cherry Coke
1 can Vanilla Coke
3 scoops salted caramel ice cream
3 scoops butter pecan ice cream
1 ounce cherry vodka
1 ounce vanilla vodka
Grab two tall glasses. Scoop salted caramel ice cream in one glass and butter pecan in the other.
Pour desired flavor of Coke into each glass. I recommend Cherry Coke with butter pecan and Vanilla Coke with salted caramel. Fill almost to the top. Save the remainder of the can to top the glass off as you drink.
Top with the flavor of vodka that matches the flavor of Coke you chose. Enjoy immediately!
Recipe is easily multiplied. My ideas are only a starting point - the varieties of ice cream and vodka you can use are endless!