How to Make a Coke Float


A Coke float is a simple, refreshing combination of vanilla ice cream and Coca-Cola. You can make several variations of the traditional Coke float by adding another beverage or flavoring, or by substituting different flavors of ice cream. This old-fashioned treat is cooling and welcome on a hot summer day. Be aware that if you pour the soda too fast, you may end up with an overflowing glass and a sticky mess. Warm Coke will also fizz more than ice-cold Coke, so make sure it's well chilled.

Things You'll Need

  • Large soda glasses
  • Ice cream scoop
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Cola
  • Vanilla extract (optional)
  • Maraschino cherry (optional)
  • Long-handled spoons
  • Straws
  • Put one or two scoops of vanilla ice cream into the bottom of each large glass.

  • Pour the Coke over the ice cream extremely slowly.

  • Add 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract to each glass, if you wish, then stir.

  • Place a maraschino cherry with stem attached on the top of the Coke float and serve with a straw. Provide a long-handled spoon so the ice cream can be eaten when the soda is gone.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can turn your Coke float into an alcoholic beverage by substituting a creamy liqueur, such as strawberry cream, for the ice cream. Mix in 1 ounce of strawberry cream liqueur with a splash of Coke and stir well.
  • Another variation features rum and Coke topped with rum-flavored ice cream.
  • Try making a coffee Coke float, which combines a scoop of vanilla ice cream with 1 cup of sweetened coffee. Top off with Coke.
  • Try different flavors of ice cream, such as chocolate, lemon or cherry.

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