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Ice Cream Float Recipe



Ice cream floats are an iconic American treat that will take you right back to your childhood. You may have enjoyed one at your favorite diner or fast-food restaurant, but you can always enjoy them right in the comfort of your own home.


  • 2 (12-ounce) bottles root beer, or any other soda of your choice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 pint vanilla ice cream
  • Maraschino cherries, for garnish, optional


  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. Pour the root beer into 2 large, tall glasses. Place the glasses in the refrigerator while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. This lets off a little of the carbonation so it won’t overly fizz when the ice cream is added.
  3. Add the sugar, cinnamon, and water to a small saucepan. Cook, swirling the pan occasionally until the mixture is thickened and syrupy, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Remove from the pan from the heat and allow it to cool while you prepare the whipped cream.
  5. Add the heavy cream and powdered sugar to a bowl and whip with a hand mixer until soft peaks form. Don’t over mix or you will end up with butter rather than whipped cream.
  6. Add two to three scoops of ice cream to each glass.
  7. Top with the whipped cream and drizzle the cinnamon syrup on top. Add the cherry, if using. Serve immediately, with a straw and a long spoon.