Blood orange sorbet, crumbled Biscoff cookies, and even a shot of bourbon. Sorry root beer with a blob of vanilla, there’s a better way to float.

By Chris Hughes
April 20, 2017

We've found the winning formula for hot afternoons by the shore: fizzy soda + big scoops of ice cream (+ a little booze for the grown-ups!). Here are five awesome ways (including two that are sans spirits for the little ones!) to scoop and spike your way to dessert heaven:

Campari Orange Cream Float

Get the Recipe: Campari Orange Cream Float
Everyone’s favorite Italian aperitif isn’t just for negronis and the occasional pre-meal nip. Its bitter anatomy (reportedly alcohol and sugar infused with orange and rhubarb) plays perfectly opposite sweet ingredients like Ciao Bella’s blood orange sorbet.


Pistachio-Elderflower Float

Get the Recipe: Pistachio-Elderflower Float
Had a hankering for a Champagne topper and now you have a bottle of St. Germaine collecting dust on your bar cart? Get creative by pairing the elderflower aperitif with pistachio ice cream and a little ginger ale.


Coffee-Bourbon-Cola Fizz

Get the Recipe: Coffee-Bourbon-Cola Fizz
Get buzzed with our high-octane combo of cola, coffee, and Kentucky’s finest. A Pirouline cookie straw just puts it over the top.

Booze-Free Floats:

Salted Root Beer Caramel Cookie Float

Get the Recipe: Salted Root Beer Caramel Cookie Float
How to best a classic root beer float? Try Talenti’s caramel-sea salt ice cream, a sprinkling of crushed Biscoff cookies, and a soupcon of sea salt.

Chocolate–Black Cherry Float

Get the Recipe: Chocolate–Black Cherry Float
Dr. Brown’s deli icon gets an upgrade thanks to chocolate-cherry ice cream and a squirt of Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Don’t forget to freeze your glass 10 minutes before serving for an extra frosty dessert.