For this Lunes Latinos I am sharing a twist on a Latin drink that is mostly popular in the Caribbean. I grew up drinking this and asking my parents for it all the time as it is sweet and refreshing all together. The star of this drink is the malta beer. What is malta beer? Don’t let the term beer fool you, this is a soft drink that is brewed like beer but not fermented which makes it non-alcoholic. I like to drink Malta beer cold and straight up or swirled with sweetened condensed milk.
Adding sweetened condensed milk to malta is definitely a treat and kids of all ages love it. I grew up loving it too, but I have recently discovered an even better way of enjoying malta: I have created the malta float. All you will need is to add a big scoop of vanilla ice cream to your malta and sweetened condensed milk drink and just like that, it becomes a delicious Caribbean float.
I am calling it the Caribbean float as according to Wikipedia, nowadays, most malta is brewed in the Caribbean and is ussually sold in areas with substantial Caribbean populations. Wikipedia also states that aside from the islands of the Caribbean, malta is also popular in Caribbean coastal areas such as Panama, Colombia and Venezuela and other countries that share a Caribbean coast.
To make this drink even more fun, I have added chocolate malted milk balls. You can add them whole or crushed. Your choice! I love this idea as it adds crunch to the drink.
The bonus of adding the chocolate malted milk balls is scooping them out once I was you are done drinking the float.