With warm days ahead, we have been running to ice cream every chance we can. Although, I love Popsicles – there is something a special about an ice cream float. The extra step it takes to layer the ice cream, with a sweet drink, makes any day feel special.
To make your own day even better with an ice cream float, try out one of our 3 creative float flavors. We’ve been drinking this adult version for some time and have now added these fun flavors to our rotation. They are each amazingly refreshing for summer.
For a fun twist on summer dessert, set out a float bar. Use Dixie cups for smaller serving sizes and be sure to keep a stash of long handled spoons on hand. Fill the cups with the ice cream beforehand and freeze until ready. When freezing the ice cream in the smaller cups, only use 1 scoop of ice cream (pushed to one side) so the soda has the opportunity to get in and around the ice cream.
Bring the ice cream cups out on a tray and let each guest add their own bubbly for a spectacular dessert that will keep everyone cool and happy. The combinations are endless – here are my favorite three.
1) Sweet strawberry cream!
Mix the best strawberry ice cream you can afford (the kind with bits of real strawberry inside) with a cup of 7-Up, or champagne. The result is sweet, fresh, and reminiscent of my mom’s most prized strawberry cream summer pie.
2) Mint twist
We are all familiar with the awesomeness of a root beer float. Traditional. Excellent. But not quite as awesome as it is when you add mint to the picture. Combine a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream with root beer for a taste that is even better than you remember.
3) Orange Creamsicle
What do you get when you mix orange soda with pure, creamy vanilla ice cream? Only the most classic taste of summer! A creamsicle in float form is always a raging success with my crew.
Our favorite summer floats are just waiting to be enjoyed at your next party or lounge filled dinner outdoors. With the pre-freezing the desserts are a cinch to make, and will have everyone tasting… just one more.
Do you have a favorite float flavor? I am going to keep trying out different combo’s all summer long!