Strawberry Patch Ice Cream Soda Float Recipe

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This refreshing gorgeous strawberry ice cream soda float recipe is made with macerated strawberries, lime soda, vanilla ice cream and blinged out with ,ruby red sugar crystals and more strawberries. A perfect treat to cool you off this summer! It’s the best and prettiest ice cream soda ever! If you like this recipe, you’ll love my homemade strawberry milk! Kids love it!

A strawberry float with macerated chopped strawberries, lime soda and vanilla ice cream topped with a strawberry

STRAWBERRY FLOAT

This strawberry ice cream soda float is so good! With every sip you get fizzy lime soda, the strawberry syrup and ice cream, and the crunch from the red sugar crystals.

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It’s so heavenly and not to mention GORGEOUS and a perfect way to use up your strawberries this summer.  I love curling up with a this float and my favorite tv shows. 

Ice cream sodas are great way to feed a crowd too….just make more more floats! If you want your strawberry sauce smooth no worries. After you macerate them add it to a blender and mix well. If you’re looking for a great strawberry ice cream soda recipe then this is the one!

Fresh strawberries, vanilla ice cream (use a good brand, 7up or sprite works) and lastly, for some float bling, top with red sugar crystals. Kids and adult will love the look and taste of it! 

HOW DO YOU MAKE AN ICE CREAM FLOAT 

The first step in making ice cream soda is to dice the strawberries then mash them up with a fork or masher.
Now you need to macerate the strawberries and here’s how to do it:

  • Add chopped  strawberries and sugar  to a small  bowl and stir. Let it sit for about  10 minutes.
    Macerating the strawberries makes them nice and sweet.
    (pic 1)
  • Add the mashed strawberries to a glass.  (pic 2)
  • Add a couple scoops of ice cream. You can use vanilla or strawberry ice cream. I used vanilla ice cream (pic 3)
  • Add more strawberries then add one more scoop of ice cream. Then top with more strawberries if you like. (pic 4)
  • Add lime soda. To make this strawberry float even more indulgent. Top with whipped cream. Garnish with a strawberry or two and garnish with red sugar crystals.
    Serve right away. Enjoy! (pic 5-6)

step by step instruction on how to make a strawberry ice cream float

TIPS AND TRICKS TO MAKE AN ICE CREAM FLOAT

Ice cream soda floats are one of my favorite budget friendly dessert. I just loooove the combination of  ice cream and soda. There’s so many cool ways to make this ice cream float recipe your own. Here’s some delicious float drink ideas for ya. 

  • Mix your soda float – Swap out the strawberries for another fruit like, blueberries, raspberries or black berries. 
  • If you want a smoother strawberry syrup, mix them in a blender first. 
  • Use your favorite soda. I love to use 7 up or Sprite.  
  • Make a festive strawberry float for the 4th of July. You can make a red, white and blue berry float by adding layers of blueberries, ice cream and strawberries.
  • Eliminate all of the fruit and make an orange float. Add as much ice cream and orange soda as you like. 
A strawberry float with macerated chopped strawberries, lime soda and vanilla ice cream topped with a strawberry

Strawberry Patch Ice Cream Soda Float Recipe

April Boller Wright
This simple strawberry ice cream soda float is made with macerated strawberries, lime soda, vanilla ice cream. It's then topped with sprinkles of ruby red sugar crystals and more strawberries. Cool off this summer with this refreshing strawberry float!
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2-3 scoops vanilla ice cream I like to use a homestyle kind
  • lime soda 7up or sprite
  • 1-2 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups fresh diced strawberries
  • red sugar crystals optional
  • extra strawberries for garnishment

Instructions
 

  • Add the diced strawberries to a large enough bowl. Mash the strawberries using a masher or fork. Add sugar and set to the side for about  10 minutes.
  • Add the strawberry  mixture  to the bottom of a glass.  Top with a couple scoops of ice cream.
  • Add more strawberries and a scoop or two of ice cream. Then top with more strawberries if you like.
  • Add lime soda. Garnish with a strawberry and sprinkle on the red sugar crystals. Serve right away. Enjoy! 

Notes

Cook tips: 

Ice cream floats are one of my favorite budget friendly dessert plus there's so many cool ways to make this ice cream float recipe your own. Here's some delicious float drink ideas for ya. 
  • Mix it up - Swap out the strawberries for another fruit like, blueberries, raspberries or black berries.
  • If you want a smoother strawberry syrup after you macerate the strawberries. Mix in a blender.
  • Use your favorite like soda. I like to use 7 up or Sprite.
  • Make them festive for the 4th of July and make a red, white and blue berry float. Add layers of blueberries, ice cream and strawberries.
  • Eliminate all of the fruit and make a creamsicle version. Add as much ice cream and orange soda as you like. 
Tools used to make this:
Libbey Duratuff  12 oz beverage glasses
Biodegradable Assorted Colors Drinking Straws 
Dowan 4 oz Porcelain Ramekins Set of 6
Post was originally published in 2015. Recipe and post updated on 5/15/2019.
Keyword float recipe, ice cream float, ice cream soda recipe, strawberry float
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28 Comments

  1. Kari Heron says:

    This has me salivating like a hungry puppy over here in hot Aruba, April! Seriously doing this recipe over the summer!5 stars

    1. I wish I was in Aruba right now! I wouldn’t mind sweating lol. Thank you so much Kari!

  2. Maman de sara says:

    I can’t wait to try your strawberry ice cream float. That looks absolutely delicious.5 stars

  3. Kelly Anthony says:

    This strawberry ice cream float is stunning. Perfect for using all the yummy strawberries that are in season right now.5 stars

  4. Jeannette (Jay Joy) says:

    This fizzy lime soda, the strawberry syrup and ice cream, and crunch from the red sugar crystals sound amazing! I love the thought of the crystals. My kids are going to love this.5 stars

  5. What a wonderful recipe but I’m so glad to have discovered your site, a real gem of wonderful recipes, so much my kinda food. And this particular strawberry refreshing dessert would definitely be a hit with my little crowd. Delicious!5 stars

    1. I hope you find something you like! Thank you so much Ramona! 🙂

  6. Adding macerated strawberries to a float is brilliant! I can’t believe I haven’t tried a float like this before, but it’ll definitely be making appearances all summer long.5 stars

  7. Cheese Curd In Paradise says:

    My kiddos would be all over this drink! I love the combo of the fresh berries, ice cream, and lime! What a perfect refreshing drink for summer!5 stars

    1. Yup I’m surprised my kids loved it! They’re so picky! Thank you so much!

  8. I love strawberry sundaes, but never thought to make them into a float with sprite – what a genius idea! I would love to make these as an awesome summer treat!5 stars

    1. Strawberry ice cream sodas are my fav! SOOOO good! Thank you Jenni!

  9. Jacqueline Debono says:

    This is going to be my new go to summer dessert! I have tons of strawberries growing in the garden and sometimes don’t know what to do with them all! Now I do!5 stars

  10. Love how simple this recipe is… Just perfect for this summer. I love ice cream floats and this one looks so good! Can’t wait to try this. Thank you☺5 stars

  11. Growing up my siblings and I used to make ice cream floats all the time even in the winter. This looks scrumptiously delicious. You have got my mouth watering and me licking my lips. I am definitely pinning for later.

  12. OK, this is officially the best ice cream float I have seen! This should be the official float this summer! And the fact that it is strawberry makes it a 100% winner for all!5 stars

  13. This looks absolutely smashing! I Only wish I could grab them straight off the screen. Super easy recipe and would be a huge hit with kids. I will have to wait until the year end for the strawberry season to try this at home.5 stars

  14. Stine Mari says:

    I’ve never tried an ice cream float before, but I’m intrigued. The fizzy soda and creamy ice cream must be a really interesting combination! And talk about how gorgeous it looks!5 stars

    1. The fizzy soda makes it so incredibly good! You should give it a try! Thank you!

  15. Tamera Gallagher says:

    My son loves ice cream floats and strawberries. I wanted to surprise him with a float after school today so I went to google to search for a recipe and found yours. Today was the perfect hot day to make it. He absolutely loved it. I didn’t have the red sugar crystals so I used birthday sprinkles instead. Now he wants one everyday after school. I loved the macerated diced strawberries too. I’m not the greatest cook (still learning) so I had no idea how to macerate strawberries but now I do! Thanks so much for the great recipe!5 stars

    1. Awww this is the best news I’ve heard all day! He sounds like my son. He loves strawberries and strawberry ice cream. Pretty much strawberry anything. You are very welcome Tamera 🙂