5 Classic Float Recipes

5 Classic Float Recipes© iStockphoto/Thinkstock

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 certain 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 and 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream

Brown Cow

1 bottle (12 ounces) root beer and 1 scoop of chocolate ice cream

Coke Float

1 bottle (12 ounces) cola and 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream

Purple Cow

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

Sherbet Float

1 bottle (12 ounces) ginger ale and 1 scoop orange sherbet

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