This ice cream float is as pretty as it is delicious. With bright yellow slices of SunGold kiwi and creamy vanilla...
Kiwi-Ginger Ice Cream Float
This ice cream float is as pretty as it is delicious. With bright yellow slices of SunGold kiwi and creamy vanilla ice cream, it’s the perfect summertime treat. If you can’t find SunGold kiwi, you can use the more common green variety; it'll still complement the ginger beer and ice cream perfectly.
- 1 SunGold kiwifruit, sliced
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 1 bottle ginger beer
Calories Per Serving719
Folate equivalent (total)27µg7%
Lime Sherbet Floats (St Patrick’s Day Floats)
Green recipes for St Patrick’s Day are a must! These St Patrick’s Day Floats (Lime Sherbet Floats) are a quick and easy, kid-friendly tradition in our house.
Lime Sherbet Floats isn’t really a recipe…there are just two ingredients and just a couple steps. But, if you are anything like me, having some green recipes can be important stuff this time of the year, so sharing our yearly tradition — no matter how easy — is a must.
Having Lime Sherbet Floats for St Patrick Day started years ago from my desire to always do fun stuff for holidays, but having very little time (or desire) this one particular year to bake up one of the many green recipes I was seeing for cupcakes or cookies. On the first year that I we made these, I knew I had stumbled onto my laziest of all holiday treats. But, hey….I’m always baking and making stuff, so I seriously doubt skipping the baking on St Patrick’s Day is going to hurt.
While I do love how easy (and green) these are, want to know the best part? The kids LOVING them. See, I never think of having things like root beer floats, so having Lime Sherbet Floats are a real treat in our house and I get a kick out of seeing them enjoy something so simple and inexpensive.
To make Lime Sherbet Floats, you will need some lime sherbet and lemon-lime soda. You can use any brand you wish — I went with what was inexpensive. One important tip: if you are going to make Lime Sherbet Floats for St Patrick’s Day, try to buy the lime sherbet several days before St Patrick’s Day — last year I was driving all over town because I waited too long.
Grab a clear glass and fill it with scoops of lime sherbet. If you don’t have clear glasses, you can use any cup or glass you might have, but having clear is nice so you can actually see all the green. I used pint sized canning jars for ours, which I think looks really great.
Pour the lemon-lime soda over the sherbet you just placed in your glass. Be careful…it will foam up and rise!
If you wish, add straws to your glass. I got these cute striped paper straws at Target. You’ll probably want spoons too so you can scoop out and eat the sherbet.
And that’s it! If your kids are like mine, it will be gone almost as quickly as they are made.
Enjoy! And happy St Patrick’s Day to you and your family!
15 Delicious Ice Cream Float Recipes
Have you ever craved something in such a huge way that when you finally get a bite of it, you can’t imagine that it could possibly taste any better than it does in that moment? Well, we always feel that way with ice cream each and every time we have it. Recently, however, we had a uniquely gourmet flavoured ice cream float and it was unlike any other float or ice cream based treat we’d ever tasted! That’s how we started searching the far reaches of the Internet for every creatively flavoured ice cream float recipe we could possibly find. Turns out, no matter how much we love a good bite of simple ice cream, it can nearly always taste even better combined with other delicious things.
Just in case you love decadent ice cream floats as much as we do, if not more, check out these fantastic recipes that will let you create all kinds of mouth watering flavour combinations with your ice cream!
1. Sparkling apple cider float
Even though we’re new to creative flavoured floats, we’ve had lots of different kinds that are made with pop. We didn’t realize until we found this recipe from Hot Eats and Cool Reads, however, that floats can be made by combining ice cream with other kinds of fizzing drinks! We love the fresh, nearly festive taste of this sparkling apple cider float and we can’t get over how delicious the caramel drizzle on top looks!
2. Guinness stout ice cream float
Besides a heaping spoonful of ice cream, of course, is there nothing you love more than a cold beer at the end of a long work day? Well, no matter how much we love the regular flavour of something, we’re also still always open to the idea of putting new twists on things! If you like that too, we have a feeling you’re going to be very intrigued by this Guinness stout ice cream float from Lemons for Lulu!
3. Hibiscus ginger ice cream float
If you’re going to combine your ice cream with some other awesome flavours to make a unique float, would you prefer to lean towards natural and floral flavours? Well, we can’t say we blame you! Besides the fact that they’re trending, floral flavours are so good that we’ve been essentially obsessed with them lately. This hibiscus ginger ice cream float is actually on the top of our list to try next. Get the full ingredients on Snixy Kitchen!
4. Vegan golden milk ice cream float
Are you so into the idea of making delicious ice cream floats that you’d like to have all your friends over so you can make them together, but you want to make sure that everyone is included, no matter their dietary restrictions? Then it’s probably a good idea to have a vegan float recipe on your list! This “golden milk” ice cream float is made with sweetened coconut almond milk, maple syrup, turmeric, cinnamon, fresh grated ginger, black pepper, and non-dairy dry vanilla ice cream. Cashew ice cream works well! Find more details on May I Have That Recipe.
5. Cherry limeade ice cream float
Are you actually thinking of making fun ice cream floats with your kids but you know they’d rather have a slightly more classic flavour, even though you still want to put a cool twist on things? In that case, this cherry limeade recipe is an awesome option for you! Cravings of A Lunatic shows you how to make an ice cream float with cherry pop and a hint of citrus-y lime flavour to top it off.
6. Science experiment floats
In your opinion, is the half the fun of having ice cream sodas actually in the process of making them? Well, we’d certainly agree with you and we think our kids would too! That’s why we thought this ice cream float party idea from Land of Nod was so neat! They suggest making your floats inside science beakers and using brightly coloured pop like grape and orange so that the drinks look like cool concoctions! Just make sure to use brand new beakers that you can guarantee are cleaned and haven’t actually been used in a lab before.
7. Real fruit floats
Okay, we know this particular idea isn’t quite the kind of float you were expecting because it’s actually closer to combining ice cream with a smoothie, but once you’ve tasted how refreshing they are, we have a feeling you’re not going to have a problem with that! Back to The Book Nutrition shows you how to create a deliciously flavourful drink made with real blended fruits of all different kinds.
8. Tea ice cream floats
Given a choice, is your go-to drink actually usually a warm one rather than a bubbly, chilled pop? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll get a kick out of these uniquely flavoured tea lattes from Choice Organic Teas! They show you how to get just the right temperature so that your beverage isn’t super cold like a regular ice cream float but also isn’t hot enough to completely melt your ice cream in seconds the way a regular cup of tea would.
9. Ice cream sandwich floats
We know we’ve been talking a lot about ice cream floats on this list, since it is a list of delicious float recipes and all, but they’re actually not the only kind of ice cream treat we really love! We’ve actually always been really big fans of ice cream sandwiches too. Imagine how excited we were, then, when we found this recipe from Domestic Super Hero that perfectly combines the two for a deliciously creamy treat!
10. Eggnog ice cream float
We know the holidays are over now but that doesn’t mean we’re quite ready to give up all of our delicious holiday flavours and treats just yet! This extra creamy version of egg nog from Lemons for Lulu that combines the flavour you love with the joys of an ice cream float is the perfect way to keep holiday flavours alive for a bit. Even if you don’t feel like you need egg nog right now, it’s a great thing to keep in your arsenal of egg nog flavoured things until next year!
11. Whiskey stout chocolate ice cream float
Were you quite a big fan of the idea of making an alcoholic version of an ice cream float because you think they’re a neat idea to serve at parties with your friends, but you’re not sure the beer option we showed you earlier is quite what you had in mind? The perhaps something with whiskey would be a little more up your alley! We love the way Food Network made a deliciously blended mixed ice cream drink that even involves chocolate, just for a little extra kick.
12. Black and white ice cream float
Have you been scrolling through our list feeling like you can’t possbily choose between all of these different ideas and flavours? Well, the good news is that no one said you had to choose! Why not combine a few of them? We love the way HGTV did just that by making this “black and white” float. Their tutorial shows you how it’s done using coffee gelato, coffee liqueur, vodka, coffee stout beer, whipped cream, and even some coffee beans for garnish.
13. Coco-cherry stout ice cream float
We’ve shown you a couple recipes at this point that combine several ingredients from the others on the list, but so far we haven’t given you one that includes fruit in the unique combination of alcohol, coffee, chocolate, and ice cream. That’s why we’re so happy to show you this coco-cherry stout ice cream float recipe from Food Network! The cherry flavour adds a little extra something to the layers of sweetness and cream.
14. Mandarinata ice cream float
So far we’ve shown you all kinds of fruit flavours in the float department, and we’ve even mentioned a few times that some of the previous recipes can be made with orange pop instead, but we haven’t actually given you a float recipe that specifically celebrates delicious orange flavours the way this one from Colavita Recipes does! Their “mandarinata” combines orange and ice cream until you’ve got a sparkling beverage that tastes just like a creamsicle.
15. Ice cream Coke float
In all our years of loving floats, we were so distracted by combining our ice cream with the fruity flavours of pop that it never really occurred to us to try out how the most obvious sparkling beverage out there would taste with our ice cream. That is, we’d never thought of making a cola float until we saw this recipe from Foodness Gracious! Whether you use Coke, Pepsi, RC Cola, or another cola brand of your choice, the results will be surprisingly satisfying.
Do you know someone who loves ice cream and ice cream floats just as much as we do and is always on the lookout for new and unique flavours and recipes to try? Share this post with them so they can find some new ways to enjoy their favourite thing!
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Any flavor would go great in a spin off of this recipe. Use fresh blackberries and Black Raspberry Sparkling Ice. Or, even watermelon juice with strawberry ice cream and Strawberry Watermelon Sparkling Ice. Look beyond the typical soda and ice cream, the options are endless!
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How to Make Ginger Praline Coffee Float
This such an easy recipe! all you need are three ingredients.
One cup of strong, lukewarm coffee. So easy to make with instant. No waiting for the coffee to brew!
A few gingersnaps. The generic store brand kind is fine.
And some pralines and cream ice cream. Several different ice cream brands have pralines and cream. Just get whichever you like or the one that fits your budget.
Then all you do is place the ice cream in a tall glass. Crumble a few ginger snaps on top of the ice cream. Pour the coffee over the ice cream and ginger snaps.
Serve with a spoon or straw. Or both.
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How To Make Switchel
I am way late to the party on this one, but it seems this seventeenth century sweet – spicy – sour – tonic has recently resurfaced. You may recall switchel if you watched Little House on the Prairie?
Switchel is our favorite drink around here, similar to my morning cocktail of apple cider vinegar, ginger, and lemon. If you are already drinking something similar, you know the anti inflammatory and balancing benefits switchel also brings.
Two summers ago, I had a Imperial’s housemade switchel, and I was hooked. One of my favorite websites recently featured switchel, and I am seeing bottles large and small in my local market. I obviously had to buy it.
Jason and I have both been loving the switchel, and enjoying it daily – as is, and made into cocktails. Stay tuned.
Hibiscus Ginger Ice Cream Float - A Trio of Floats Collaboration
Summer is finally barreling in - and by barreling I mean, it's peaking near 70°F here, which means as long as the sun is out I only need a light cardigan. Like I said: barreling.
Meanwhile, we just bought an outdoor space heater for our back porch so we can actually have barbecues this summer without freezing our bums off. Come on over and we'll watch the sunset as we sip frothy hibiscus ginger ice cream floats on my back porch. Move over lemonade, ice cream floats are the official drink of summer 2015.
To celebrate the moderately warmer temps, Alanna and I teamed up with drinkmaster Todd from HonestlyYUM to film ourselves scooping up a trio of ice cream floats. And we turned the footage into another video: Trio of Floats (don't miss the bloopers reel at the end of the video).
I have two distinct memories about the neighbor boy who lived at the end of the cul-de-sac when I was five. The first was that his dad owned the local Baskin-Robbins (a memory that may or may not be factually accurate), which meant he had chest freezer full of unlimited gallons of ice cream that were turned into infinite rootbeer floats all summer long.
The second was the day he got covered head-to-toe in fire ants while we played in the sandbox and his mom striped him down naked in front of me. I probably just stood by and watched, ice cream float in hand. There's not much an ice cream float can't cure.
This float collaboration came together over drinks at the Hotsy Totsy Club (aka local dive bar), where I'm certain all good ideas originate. What Todd doesn't know was that it was really just an elaborate trap Alanna and I concocted to get him to show us his mad drink skills.
**Cocktail break - have you ever seen anything as beautiful as this or this or this? What about Alanna's stunning libations - like this and this? I'm among drink gods.**
So one Sunday afternoon, we each brought our own sodas, drank way too many ice cream floats (no such thing), took over 500 photos of them (these are the most photographed ice cream floats in all the land), and capped it off by staying up editing way past the point where Todd turns into a pumpkin - or at least starts deliriously bouncing around the room on an exercise ball.
Working with these two was part magic part silly. And as an added bonus I now know enough about Snapchat to send ransom notes for these metal straws. Expect more cat photos coming your way (username: snixykitchen).
After discovering the effect on these hot pink tarts, I've become obsessed with hibiscus for the natural pink/red/purple hue it generously releases into drinks and desserts. Plus, it doesn't get much better than a vibrantly floral soda stirred up with coconut-y vegan vanilla bean ice cream. This hibiscus ginger syrup is balanced between tart and sweet with a gingery kick and is killer on its own with a pour of seltzer water, but with ice cream? Now you're talkin.
When you pour the deep red soda over the ice cream, it bubbles up into the most delicious sweet vanilla foam. Can someone figure out how to fill up my bathtub with this ice cream float foam for the world's tastiest bubble bath?
What's better than an ice cream float? Three ice cream floats. Now head on over to The Bojon Gourmet and HonestlyYUM to see their stunning floats!
*All images and video shot in collaboration with Todd and Alanna.
Ice Cream Tea Float Recipe
A brewed oolong tea that is mixed with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream on top which creates a brilliant mocktail.
Ice Cream Tea Float Recipe is a brilliant combination of Ice cream in Tea. The drink is neither a Latte nor a Smoothie and not even an Ice tea but a mix of all in one. Once the tea is brewed it is added into the serving glass and mixed with an aerated soda and finally topped with a big scoop of ice cream. Thus the name Ice cream Tea Float describes the drink aptly. So as you take a sip of the drink you will enjoy the refreshing tea flavour along with the rich creamy Ice cream.
Teamonk Oolong tea is a right blend of black tea and green tea leaves which creates a perfect flavour for your Mocktail. The aroma of the tea leaves is sensational which creates a wonderful touch to the drink as well.
Serve the Ice Cream Tea Float Recipe as a Party drink along with Mexican Vegetable Nachos or a Murg Malai Kebab to enjoy it with.
What You Need to Make This Ocean Water Float
This float recipe is so easy to make, it is perfect for a crowd. Whether you are having a pool party or a backyard barbecue, these are a great drink to whip up and serve.
- 3 tablespoons of water – Distilled water works well. You will be creating a sort of simple syrup.
- 3 tablespoons of sugar – Use regular white sugar for this mixture.
- Half a teaspoon of coconut extract – This can be found at your local grocery store.
- Blue food coloring – The food coloring will make it look more like ocean water.
- 24 ounces of lemon lime soda – Any brand works just fine.
- 1 package of vanilla ice cream – We like to use high quality, pure vanilla ice cream as it is rich and delicious.
Guinness and Ice Cream Float
Ingredients US Metric
- 1 pint store-bought or homemade vanilla ice cream, softened slightly but not melted
- One (12-ounce) bottle Guinness Stout
Divvy the ice cream between 2 tall, ice-cold, wide-mouthed glasses, soda fountain glasses, or beer mugs.
Divvy some of the Guinness equally between your 2 glasses, pouring it very slowly over the ice cream. Wait a little for the foam to subside, then pour in the rest of the beer. Stir gently. You can take it from here. Originally published March 16, 2011.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
Major bang for the buck! This one comes together in mere seconds, and even the most skeptical of guinea pigs—I mean dinner guests—were noisily slurping up whatever stray drops had eluded them. (Definitely serve this with a straw.)
We tried it with both chocolate and vanilla ice cream (homemade), and actually preferred the latter. The chocolate ice cream was a bit of overkill as Guinness already has lovely bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. I won’t be able to keep both ice cream and Guinness in the house at the same time if I want to be ready for bathing suit season. This recipe is dangerous.
Beer floats are one of those things that people either love or hate. I always prefer sweet root beer to beer in my floats, but I do admit that the sweet creaminess of vanilla ice cream does offset the slight bitterness of beer very well. Guinness is a good choice because it’s smooth and creamy on its own. When you’re ready to experiment, try Young’s Double Chocolate Stout or your favorite microbrew stout (stouts are creamy enough for this porters I find too bitter).
Long-handled teaspoons come in handy when you want to get that perfect bite of ice cream and beer.
To cut down on foaming and overflow, fill your glasses half full with beer, then add in the ice cream (two scoops to each glass). Top it off with more beer.
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Wow, my husband will go bonkers for this! I’m gonna spring it on him this weekend.
Laughs. Lisa, it’s amazing! I mean, it’s sweet. But really lovely. I’ve done it with a robust amber ale in place of Guinness and loved it!
One of our all-time favs….there is also a new Irish craft stout that is even creamier (Dungarvan Brewing Co Black Rock Stout) that goes nicely.