5 Tips To Achieve Perfect Ice Cream Floats At Home
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Ice cream float is a beloved classic chilled beverage that can be enjoyed with anything. Made with creamy ice cream and fizzy soda, this drink has made a comeback with several big fast-food brands having started serving this amazing beverage.  


The ice cream float was invented in Pennsylvania in 1874 by a man named Robert McCay Green. Published in Soda Fountain magazine in 1910, while operating a soda fountain at the Franklin Institute’s semicentennial celebration, Green wanted to create something new to attract customers away from the other vendor who had a fancier, bigger soda fountain. After some experiments, he decided to combine ice cream with soda water, he sold vanilla ice cream with soda water with a choice of 16 different flavoured syrups. This new treat was a sensation and soon other soda fountains began selling ice cream floats. Being the inventor, Green’s tombstone has “Originator of the Ice Cream Soda’ inscribed on it.  

How To Make At Home  

Why always visit the soda fountain parlour to indulge in an ice cream float? You can easily make it at home with the right approach and some creativity. This article will provide you with some basic tips that will help you master ice cream float at home. Give it a quick read:  

  • Choose Your Soda  

It is essential to choose the right soda to craft a perfect ice cream float at home. Soda greatly influences the flavour of the float. You can choose from a variety of options such as cola, root beer, ginger ale and more. These sodas provide a base and go perfectly with the creamy vanilla ice cream. You can even opt for options like cream soda, fruit soda or even sparkling water to create a twist to the ice cream floats.  

  • Pick The Right Ice Cream  

To make an ice cream float the main ingredient is ice cream and soda. Since the article already talked about soda, it's time to choose the right ice cream for the beverage. Although vanilla is the classic choice, you can also experiment with flavours that complement the soda. The richness and creaminess of the ice cream will enhance the overall flavour of the beverage. Opt for high-quality ice cream made with natural ingredients. Experimenting with different flavours of ice cream gives room for personal customisation.  

  • Chill Your Glass  

To achieve the perfect amount of cold and chill from the beverage, chill the glasses. Place your glasses in the fridge and make sure that it is chilled enough, creating an environment for the ice cream and the soda to interact. The glass's coldness helps maintain the ice cream's temperature, thus preventing it from melting. The lower the temperature, the more stable your ice cream floats become.  

  • Add The Ice Cream First  

This is a crucial step in making a perfect ice cream float. To master the beverage, place the ice cream at the bottom of the glass, before pouring in the soda. The ice cream makes a solid base for the float. If soda is placed first in the glass, excessive foaming will form. Thus, place the ice cream first and then slowly pour it which will prevent it from forming excessive foaming. Besides, starting with the ice cream allows it to melt and infuse the soda with the creamy richness.  

  • Slowly Pour The Soda  

The technique of slowly pouring the soda will help you minimise and reduce the formation of foaming. Pour the soda gradually into the glass, which will allow the carbonation to mingle smoothly with the ice cream, creating a creamy concoction without overflowing the glass. Besides, pouring the soda slowly will help you to take control of the soda-to-ice cream ratio.