5 Easy Summer Desserts | Reader's Digest

5 Easy Summer Desserts

The root beer float is king of the float world, but we bet you remember the other four as well from your childhood. Your kids will, too.

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Whoever figured out that a scoop of ice cream was meant to float in a glass of fizzy soda did his fellow man a good turn. To make any of the versions here, first scoop the ice cream into the bottom of a tall soda glass, then slowly pour the well-chilled soda down the side. The scoop of ice cream will rise like a boat on the tide, and a reaction between the carbonation and ice cream will cause a dome of big creamy bubbles to rise over the top of the glass. There are many regional variations, but here are some of the classics.

Root Beer Float
1 bottle (12 ounces) root beer
1 scoop vanilla ice cream

Brown Cow
1 bottle (12 ounces) root beer
1 scoop chocolate ice cream

Coke Float
1 bottle (12 ounces) cola
1 scoop vanilla ice cream

Purple Cow
1 bottle (12 ounces) grape soda
1 scoop vanilla ice cream

Sherbet Float
1 bottle (12 ounces) ginger ale
1 scoop orange sherbet