July is National Ice Cream month so I’m kicking it off with some blogger friends. I really love all things vintage. From clothing to architecture (especially mid-century modern), to food and beverages. Though I didn’t grow up in the ’50s, when they were so popular, I did enjoy a few as a kid. Ice cream floats were always a treat in my house growing up.
When they were invented, back in the late 1800s, they were called ice cream sodas. They were made with the intent to be a non-alcoholic beverage. The second phase of the ice cream soda was the grown-up version that included alcohol.
My version here is a childhood favorite that has withstood the test of time. The classic Coke float. I’m an advocate for using any sort of cola – Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Diet Soda, flavored soda, whatever is your favorite.
I would say I’ve not made this treat for many, many, many years. I had never made one for my kids before I made the one for this blog post. Well, one sip and the kids were hooked. They were in ice cream float heaven.
What’s so awesome about this recipe is that you can make as many or as few as you need. Even customize them with different sodas. You could offer a make your own float station at a party for even more fun.
Old Fashioned Cola Float
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Whipped Cream I use Reddi-Whip
- Chilled glass mugs or soda glasses
- For each serving: Fill chilled glass with a few scoops of vanilla ice cream. Top off with cola. Top with whipped cream and a cherry.