Forget crazy milkshakes — we're all about the ice cream float

It's a tasty, grown-up take on the soda-shop craze.

Ginger beer ice cream float

Ginger beer ice cream float. (Photo, Erik Putz.)

Decked-out desserts have risen to great (and perilous) heights this year, with monster milkshakes leading the charge (alongside crazy ice cream cones and high-gloss cakes). These gravity-defying confections have popped up from Australia to NYC, featuring clouds of whipped cream, cotton candy, salty pretzels, chocolate-caramel drizzles or doughnut garnishes. The distinctly decadent trend inspired our kitchen to resurrect an even more exciting soda shop classic this summer: the ice cream float. 

Our food editors stripped the concept down (without sacrificing any of the good stuff) to turn this OTT trend into a treat you can make at home, and actually finish in one sitting. The ginger-beer float is our tasty, grown-up take on the soda-shop craze.

Ginger-beer float

  • Candied ginger
  • Ginger beer
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Whipped cream
  • Pizzelle cookies


  • Skewer two or 3 candied ginger slices onto two drinking straws.
  • Pour cold ginger beer into two chilled glasses until three-quarters full. Top each glass with 2 scoops ice cream.
  • Dollop with whipped cream. Add ginger straws and pizzelle cookies. Cheers!

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