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10 Cold and Creamy Ice Cream Floats You’ll Want to Make Right Now

10 Cold and Creamy Ice Cream Floats You’ll Want to Make Right Now


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Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned ice cream float. The result? Lots of cold, creamy, crave-worthy recipes!

Click here for the 10 Cold and Creamy Ice Cream Floats You’ll Want to Make Right Now (Slideshow)

We asked The Daily Meal staff and Culinary Content Network members to share their best ice cream float recipes, and the submissions were every bit as fizz-tastic as we had hoped. Here are this week’s highlights.

Root Beer Float with Almond Whipped Cream
It’s hard to improve upon a classic, but Donna from Cookistry has done just that. She makes the classic root beer float even better by using coffee ice cream and a scratch-made almond whipped cream. (Please excuse us while we run to the store for some root beer…)

Bourbon Vanilla and Ginger Beer Float
Daily Meal Editor Emma Alpern is on to something here: bourbon vanilla ice cream, ginger beer, and a shot of bourbon? We’ll take two, please!

G'Day Mate-y Yerba Mate Floats
This week’s winning recipe comes from Chrissy, the blogger behind The Hungary Buddha Eats the World. She scores big points for creativity (and deliciousness) by mixing yerba mate tea with fresh ginger, vanilla ice cream, and sparkling water for a truly magical ice cream float.

All of the recipes featured this week are easy to make at home without spending a lot on ingredients. Ready to mix up some fizzy ice cream floats of your own? Here are 10 ideas to get you started.

Lemon Lime Strawberry Float


As blogger Diane (of Homemade Food Junkie) says, this float is “a delicious drink with a scoop of frozen yum in the middle” — and we couldn’t agree more!
For the Lemon Lime Strawberry Float, click here.

Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Float Recipe

Daily Meal Editor Kate Kolenda created this confection in honor of her father, who loves cherries and Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream. We can’t think of anything nicer, except maybe the whipped cream and chocolate chips that she uses to top off this crazy delicious ice cream float. For the Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia Ice Cream Float recipe, click here.

Originally published on June 12, 2015


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In fact, I was looking for a shortcut with zero compromise on the iconic store-bought like cold coffee. This was exactly when I met these quick and easy stash of recipes that I can lean on for the entire summer.

You can surely try these out if you are looking for lavish and refreshing cold brew coffee recipes and that too without breaking your bank. Thank me later!


Like Root Beer Floats? 10 Easy Ice-Cream-and-Soda Recipes Under 300 Calories

What pairs better with hot weather than a root beer float? To celebrate these last few weeks of summer (and also because my editor LOVES ice cream floats), I thought I would come up with 10 unique ice cream floats that clock in at less than 300 calories each! Enjoy!

__Extra-Creamy Root Beer Float__Start with 1/2 cup vanilla bean ice cream, top with 8 ounces of your favorite root beer, and then stir in two tablespoons whipped topping. The perfect treat for just 259 calories. Tip: Stick a glass in the freezer a couple of hours before serving for an extra-icy way to serve this up.

__Creamsicle Float__Start with 3/4 cup orange sherbet and top with 8 ounces of cream soda. You'll get a taste of your childhood for just 280 calories. An added bonus: sherbet is naturally low in fat since they are generally made with just a small amount of milk or cream.

__Lemon-Ginger Float__If you are looking for something light, yet bursting with flavor, try this float. Start with 3/4 cup lemon sorbet and top with 8 ounces of ginger ale and slurp away for just 285 calories. Sorbet is a great option for those that are lactose intolerant since it is made without any dairy.

__PB & J Float__If you love the flavors of a classic PB & J sammie, then you'll love this float too. Start with 1/2 cup peanut butter ice cream and top with 8 ounces of grape soda. All that goodness will only set you back 272 calories. If you want to keep it more natural and add a few nutrients to boot, try making this float with sparkling grape juice instead of grape soda.

__Key-Lime Float__Take a trip to the Florida Keys with every sip of this refreshing float. Start with 3/4 cup lime sherbet and top with 8 ounces lemon-lime soda to savor this 260-calorie-treat. Top with 1 tablespoon whipped topping for just 11 calories more.

__Cherry-Cherry Cola Float__Love an old-fashion cherry cola? You'll love this take on it! Scoop 1/2 cup cherry ice cream into a glass and add 8 ounces cherry cola. Drink up for 254 calories or add a tablespoon of whipped topping and a cherry for just 19 calories more.

__The Float the Doctor Ordered__If your favorite guilty-pleasure is a candy-bar and soda combo, this float is for you. Spoon 1/2 cup Moose Tracks ice cream into a glass and top with 8 ounces Dr. Pepper for a reasonable 280 calories. That beats the 400 calories you would consume if you drank a 12-ounce can of soda and ate a regular-sized candy bar!

__Extra-Creamy Cookies and Cream Float__Eight-ounces of cream soda tops 1/2 cup cookies and cream ice cream for an extra creamy treat that clocks in at 260 calories. You could even crumble one chocolate sandwich cookie over the top and still come in right at 300 calories!

__Raspberry-Ginger-Mint Float__For an extra taste of summertime, muddle one tablespoon mint leaves in a glass before adding 1/2 cup raspberry sorbet and 8 ounces ginger ale. This refreshing float has just 210 calories. Add some fresh or frozen raspberries for even more flavor and some fiber to boot.

__Better-Than-Butter-Beer-Float__Any Harry Potter fans out there? You'll love this butter-beer-inspired float. Scoop 1/2 cup vanilla ice cream into a glass and top with 8-ounces butterscotch soda. A frozen beer mug makes the perfect Harry Potter-themed dessert!


Bourbon Ice Cream Float Recipe

Something about an old-fashioned ice cream float brings us back to our childhood, but we decided to give that throwback treat an adults-only twist with a healthy dose of bourbon to go along with the creamy ice cream and fizzy soda this time around. With only three simple ingredients, a dreamy cold indulgence is just seconds away&mdashmaking it just as perfect and easy to whip up on an average night as at a full-blown cookout. Above all, we love the versatility of this bourbon-laced ice cream float. Feeling exotic? Go with a spicy ginger ale or ginger beer with vanilla ice cream and orange-infused bourbon. Feeling extra Southern? Throw together old-fashioned root beer, pralines-and-cream ice cream, and your favorite bourbon. Feeling autumn-inspired? Pick hard apple cider, dulce de leche ice cream, and your favorite bourbon. All of these options&mdashand any more fun variations you can come up with&mdashpair incredibly well with the robust finishing touch the bourbon provides. Ice cream floats are a fun way to get everyone involved in the dessert process with a DIY twist. Set out different soda and ice cream options and let your guests go wild. There&rsquos bound to be at least a few interesting combinations to test out, and the bourbon should definitely be allowed to be poured a plenty to the guests&rsquo taste! You can bet you&rsquore going to be the hostess to beat after serving up these fun treats.


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The Inside Scoop

Jagermeister fans are going to swoon over this recipe. If you've dreamed of taking that famous liqueur to new heights, here's your chance. It's a ton of fun, trust us.

The inside scoop is another float cocktail and this one does involve root beer, but it's fancier than you may think. It begins with a spray of Yellow Chartreuse, adds a shot of Jager, then your favorite root beer. Add your scoop of ice cream and top it with root beer bitters and orange oil.


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This is such a wonderful dessert. Your creativity with these ice cream floats is brilliant. The berries look amazing. I am looking forward to trying these in my kitchen. I believe my family will love this summer treat. Thank you for sharing. God bless.

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Wow! Can’t wait to make this! Looks beautiful and sounds divine.
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Add the milk, heavy cream, and vanilla bean (split down the middle) to a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring the cream and milk mixture nearly to a boil over medium-high heat. Take the pan off the heat and leave it to infuse with the vanilla bean for 20 minutes.

Whisk the egg yolks with the ¾ cup sugar in a large bowl until the yolks are thickened and pale yellow in color. Remove the vanilla bean from the milk and cream mixture and gradually pour the still-warm mixture into the egg yolks while whisking constantly. I find this easier to do if I transfer the mixture to a large measuring cup. Pour the combined mixture back into the pan and cook, stirring constantly, over medium-high heat until thickened. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.


Time For An Ice Cream Float

Sure, the holidays are here, and soon the weather is going to turn nasty cold, but I still want to suck down ice cream floats until I get a brain freeze as often as I can.

Especially when the floats get filled with cinnamon ice cream, eggnog, and ginger ale. Now that is a winning combination for sure! I used store-bought eggnog (although this homemade eggnog recipe would be awesome) for this float recipe. The eggnog is so rich and creamy which is utterly intensified by the cinnamon ice cream!

If you cannot find cinnamon ice cream, vanilla or even peppermint would do! After the ice cream, the spicy ginger ale is slowly poured right in until the mixture froths and bubbles.


6 Ways to Make a Milkshake Without Ice Cream

There&aposs something magical about a summertime trip to the local ice cream shop. Whether you opt for a scoop of vanilla with rainbow sprinkles, a chocolate milkshake, or maybe even a root beer float, ice cream enjoyed under the Southern sun gives us instant flashbacks to the warm-weathered days of our childhoods. In fact, we&aposd argue that a milkshake is the ultimate (read: extra-nostalgic) summer treat.

You can make a milkshake out of pretty much any ice cream flavor and with any type of milk. While the prospect of making a parlor-worthy milkshake at home may seem intimidating, it&aposs shockingly simple to master. I should know—I work at an ice cream shop. I&aposve spent the past year perfecting the art of ice cream, and I&aposm here to share all the secrets on how to replicate a creamery-style milkshake at home, minus one key ingredient: ice cream. That&aposs right, it is absolutely possible to whip up this cool frozen treat with no ice cream at all.

I&aposm sharing 6 simple techniques to make a milkshake without ice cream𠅊nd you&aposve probably already got most of these ingredients in your kitchen. What are you waiting for? It&aposs time for dessert.


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