This sparkling blackcurrant float is made with ice cream and Ribena syrup.
When the heat of summer has me dreaming of snow, I know it's time to whip up a cool treat.
Ice cream floats are one of my go-to summer desserts because they are indulgent and fast to put together. I love the way the ice cream melts into the soda, leaving you with a creamy bubbly treat.
This fruity float is made with Ribena, which is a concentrated blackcurrant drink that's popular in the Caribbean. If you can't find Ribena then try using purple grape juice or grape soda instead. Although, then you would be making purple cows, not sparkling blackcurrant floats (but hey, they're both tasty!).
I left my float in layers for the sake of aesthetics, but you'll want to stir this before you drink it. The Ribena syrup is very thick and won't easily disperse in the glass when you add the soda.
When I'm feeling super lazy I just stir it with my straw as I drink... but it's probably better to stir it before you add the ice cream.
I want to try making a float with Coca Cola next. What's your favourite ice cream float flavour? Let me know in the comment area below!
Sparkling Blackcurrant Floats
- ¼ cup Ribena blackcurrant syrup
- Aprox. 6 oz club soda or Perrier
- 1-2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- In a tall glass add the Ribena syrup and a splash of soda (reserve the rest for later). Stir until the Ribena has thinned out a bit.
- Add the ice cream.
- Top with the remaining soda and serve immediately.
Please read the blog post for detailed tips and explanations.
Nutrition Disclaimer: this nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of this information cannot be guaranteed.
Janice @Kitchen Heals Soul
I haven't had a float in AGES! I think my favourite was a simple root beer float: just root beer & vanilla ice cream. But I love root beer and I've discovered not everybody does. I think this blackcurrant float is much more sophisticated. I like it!
I like root beer floats too, but I never seem to remember to buy root beer at the grocery, so I never have it on hand 😛
Love this version of a float - it doesn't seem to sweet or cloying like so many other recipes. And blackcurrant and ice cream make a great combination.
Thanks Teresa! I find it's a different kind of sweet, because of the fruity flavour of the Ribena.