Raspberry & Ginger Ice Cream Float

Raspberry and Ginger Ice Cream Float | The Sugar Hit

 

I’m gonna need you to pick up the phone, and then hold it.

 

Because this float makes me want to say HOLD THE PHONE!

 

You would never believe the luxe taste of this thing. I mean, it is luxe. The luxiest! (I may have a thing for the word luxe)

 

Raspberry and Ginger Ice Cream Float | The Sugar Hit

 

For a recipe that has so few ingredients (only 6) you would never believe how good the end result tastes. It’s hard to describe just how pleasing this combination of different flavours can be.

 

The raspberry and ginger play off each other to create a floral, spicy, tangy fizz. The vanilla ice cream mingles with the vanilla in the berries and permeates everything. The chocolate is the dark rich component, anchoring the whole spicy tangy thing to the ground with earthy, smoky tones. It’s…it’s a thing of great beauty.

 

Raspberry and Ginger Ice Cream Float | The Sugar Hit

 

I say, it’s time for a float renaissance. Floats are getting nowhere near enough love! I have a memory, which is incredibly close to my heart, of sitting on the back steps of my Granddad’s house, with all of my cousins, each of us nursing an ice cream float made with love by the man himself. This was a big deal, because it is the only food I can ever remember seeing him prepare, except for sausages and steaks on the barbecue.

 

He made his floats using lime cordial, vanilla ice cream, and soda water, and they were the most anticipated part of any family get together. The fight was always on for who would get to drink theirs out of the ‘Disney cup’, which was this awesome giant plastic beer mug he had, with a bunch of Disney characters on it.  Those were the days. And this is my slightly fancier rendition.

 

Raspberry and Ginger Ice Cream Float | The Sugar Hit

 

If I were going to booze this float up, I would say that a relatively flavourless spirit would be the best choice, like a white rum, or vodka. If you wanted to get a little crazy then some coconut rum might even be good (my underage drink of choice!). But you will want for nothing if you just keep it simple. These flavours are complex enough to keep even the most jaded adult palate interested, and the drink is definitely fun and sparkly enough to keep the young ones happy.

 

Floats, you guys. They’re back.

 

xx Sarah.

 

Raspberry and Ginger Ice Cream Float | The Sugar Hit

 

Raspberry and Ginger Ice Cream Float Recipe

 

An original recipe by Sarah Coates for The Sugar Hit.

Makes 4 floats

 

INGREDIENTS

200g raspberries

1 tbsp sugar

1 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

4 scoops vanilla ice cream

4 scoops chocolate ice cream

2 375ml bottles good, spicy ginger beer

 

First, make the raspberry sauce. Place the raspberries, sugar and vanilla in a small saucepan, and bring to the boil. As soon as the pan boils, turn off the heat and set aside to cool. This mix can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge for up to 3 days. It also freezes perfectly.

 

To assemble the floats, divide the raspberry sauce between four tall glasses. Place a scoop each of vanilla and chocolate ice cream into every glass, and then bring them to the table, and get everyone ready to dive in. Top up each glass with half a bottle of ginger beer, watch the glasses fizz over and dig in!

 

 

14 Comments

    • I’m sorry, I should have said – you can put the phone down now.

  1. My phone, it is being held! This is crazy amazing. I would never have thought to pair these things together, but I can totally see how they work. You are a genius. And also, your photos are off the hook! The second from the bottom–incredible!

    • Thank you! I was secretly pretty proud of them.

  2. I love a float! and I also love the word, Luxe…that’s what my pups name is!

    • AWWWWW. That is an adorable puppy name.

  3. I miss floats! This one is quite an inspiration, thanks!

  4. wow, i have saliva wanting to drip out of my mouth… even at this hour of the day. Never say no to a float.

  5. I want to bomb dive into that.

  6. Can frozen raspberries be used? Can’t get them where I live.

    • Absolutely Judy! They would be perfect.

  7. I never would have put these flavors together in my head, but this float does indeed look luxe! i really love your photos, too!

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