over a century, Coke Floats have delivered cool, creamy refreshment on a hot
day. And while the most common recipe for the soda fountain favorite consists
Take Martha Stewart, for example, who put her signature spin on the classic concoction while growing up in the tiny, tree-lined township of Nutley, N.J. -- about a half-hour drive from her company’s offices in New York City. With Labor Day weekend signaling summer’s end in just a few days, we asked Martha to share with us her Coke Float story, plus a few tips and recipes.
I was one of
six children. My mother was a sixth-grade teacher, and my father was a
pharmaceutical salesman. We really didn’t have enough money for
In May or
June, when the weather started getting hot, we would walk to my friend’s house
after school, fill glasses with ice and pour
started making them with my own homemade whipped cream. We also froze
It did. It got more and more sophisticated. The videos we just filmed for my website feature three Coke Float recipes. Each one is progressively more modern.
Oh, gosh yes. Everybody loved the granita, and they still do. The tradition of handing down recipes is fun for me. Everyone loves to get new ideas.
those days, people didn’t keep ice cream in their freezers. But everyone always
had heavy cream for their coffee… and it’s very easy to whip up cream. Like
I like to
use a traditional
No, just a straw and a long spoon.
Both, because you have to scoop out the whipped cream with a spoon. You can also pick it out with a straw, of course, but that can take longer.
As kids, tomato sandwiches were one of our favorite things to make and enjoy with our Coke Floats. We would take white bread, which was really good back then, and add sandwich spread -- mayonnaise filled with relish -- and a big slice of one of my father’s tomatoes. He was famous for the tomatoes he grew in our backyard. As we got older, we added cucumbers to the sandwiches.
I guess I’m
more restrictive (laughs). Years ago, we featured a ham basted with
Ease of preparation. You can cook out or have a picnic. Memorial Day, for me, heralds the beginning of summer, and Labor Day is the dead-end of summer. We’re not really looking forward to it this year because we’ve had such a nice summer! My family, we’re outdoor people, so we spend as much time outside as we possibly can. I plan to be in East Hampton (New York) and go to the beach and enjoy the last swimming of summer because it will be getting cold soon. Labor Day in East Hampton will be festive, with lots of dinner parties and afternoon gatherings. People are still entertaining, which is very nice. I love that.