Ice Cream Floats 10 Ways

Ice Cream Floats 10 Ways

Enjoy this vintage treat — with 10 flavours for every taste and preference.



By: Elizabeth Stark

Whether you’re planning a fun family treat or a full-blown ice cream float party, here is everything you need to know to get started with ice cream floats, plus 10 delicious variations on the classic.

Basic Ice Cream Float Recipe

Serves: 1

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cost: $
Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients
2 scoops vanilla ice cream
177-235 mL (6-8 ounces) soda

Optional Toppings
Whipped cream
Sprinkles
Hot fudge
Maraschino cherries

Instructions

  1. Pour 118 mL (4 ounces) of plain soda into a parfait glass or other large dessert or drinking glass
  2. Add the scoops of ice cream
  3. Top off with remaining soda
  4. If using, top float with whipped cream, sprinkles, hot fudge and a cherry

  5. Serve with a straw and a long spoon

Once you have the basic recipe, try one of these 10 exciting variations:

1. Ginger Ale or Ginger Beer Float


Pour 177-235 mL (6-8 ounces) of ginger ale into a parfait glass and add 2 scoops vanilla ice cream. Top off with more ginger ale.

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2. Cola Float
Pour 177-235 mL (6-8 ounces) of cola into a parfait glass and add 2 scoops vanilla ice cream. Top off with more cola.

3. Black Cow Float
Pour 177-235 mL (6-8 ounces) of root beer into a parfait glass and add 2 scoops chocolate or vanilla ice cream and 30 mL (2 tbsp) chocolate syrup or hot fudge. Top off with root beer.

4. Brown Cow Float
Pour 177-235 mL (6-8 ounces) of cola into a parfait glass and add 2 scoops of chocolate or vanilla ice cream and 30 mL (2 tbsp) chocolate syrup or hot fudge. Top off with cola.

5. Pink Lemonade Float
Pour 118 mL (4 ounces) pink lemonade into a parfait glass and add 2 scoops lemon sorbet. Top off with sparkling water or soda.

6. Iced Tea Float
Pour 177-235 mL (6-8 ounces) strong, sweet iced tea into a parfait glass and add 2 scoops vanilla ice cream.

7. Raspberry Orange Ice Cream Soda Float
Pour 4 ounces orange juice into a parfait glass and add 2 scoops raspberry gelato. Top off with 2-4 ounces sparkling water.

8. Coffee Chocolate Chip Float
Combine a scoop of coffee ice cream and a scoop chocolate chip ice cream with 2 ounces freshly brewed coffee. Top off with 118-177 mL (4-6 ounces) of cola.

9. Orange Sherbet Float
Pour 118 mL (4 ounces) lemonade into a parfait glass and add 2 scoops orange sherbet. Top off with seltzer or orange soda.

10. Apple Cider Float
Pour 177 mL (6 ounces) apple cider into a parfait glass and add 2 scoops vanilla ice cream. Top off with 2 ounces ginger ale. If desired, finish with a pinch each of ground nutmeg and cinnamon on top.

Tip: Once you have the fundamentals down, expand your repertoire with scrumptious add-ins like flavoured syrups, homemade hot fudge or caramel sauce, artisanal sodas, or offbeat homemade ice cream flavours!

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Elizabeth Stark, along with her husband Brian Campbell, writes the blog
Brooklyn Supper — the story of a family eating with the seasons in Virginia and Brooklyn. They believe strongly that good, local food and wholesome meals should be for everyone.

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Diabetic creamsicle float, use NSA vanilla ice cream and sugar free orange soda.

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