Coke Float

A classic Coke float is a delicious dessert. It’s an oldie but a goodie! This variation of the Root Beer Float comes from the soda shop era. This classic treat is perfect for a hot day with kids. Made with scoops of vanilla ice cream and Coca-Cola, this frosty treat can be made in just a few minutes.

More Drinks: Root Beer Float, Roy Rogers, Shirley Temple, Arnold Palmer, Bubble Tea.

Ingredients in a Coke Float

  • Vanilla Ice Cream – Choose old fashioned vanilla or vanilla bean ice cream.
  • Coke – Choose your favorite cola—we used Coca-Cola.

What is the best float glass? I like to serve this drink in a beer stein or a milkshake glass.

How to Make

Traditionally, a coke float is made by scooping creamy vanilla ice cream into a tall glass and then pouring cola over the top. This method prevents overflowing as the ice cream begins to foam.

Personally, I like to pour the cola first and top it with a scoop of ice cream. This method, while it has more risk of overflowing, has more contrast between the dark soda and ice cream and less foam. It’s a little prettier.

Either way, both methods are equally delicious and the prep time should be less than a minute! Have fun making a perfect Coca-Cola Float.

Tips for Making

  • To make an adult drink, add a shot of dark rum, vanilla vodka or bourbon to the top of the float. Adding a shot (one ounce) of any liquor you love most will turn it into an alcoholic coke float.
  • Some recipes call for whipped cream with sprinkles and a maraschino cherry on top.
  • I like to serve my floats with a straw and a spoon. Much like a milkshake, it’s fun to have both options.
  • Try chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla for a slight variation. Even better, make one of each and compare, choosing a favorite.
  • If you want to go even more old school, use sparkling water and flavored syrups to create your sodas from scratch.
  • Use cold soda for the best possible drink on a hot summer day. You can also add a chilled glass (just pop it in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving).

More Drink Recipes

  • Root Beer Float – A Coke Float is made using vanilla ice cream and Coca-Cola.
  • Cherry Coke Float – Use Cherry Coca-Cola with vanilla ice cream for a cherry flavored variation.
  • Cream Soda Float – A Cream Soda Float is made using vanilla ice cream and cream soda.
  • Strawberry Float – A Strawberry Float is made using vanilla ice cream and strawberry soda.
  • Orange Creamsicle Float – An Orange Creamsicle Float is made using vanilla ice cream and orange soda.
  • Boston Cooler – A Boston Cooler is made using vanilla ice cream and ginger ale.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Coke Float made of?

A Coke Float is made of vanilla ice cream and Coca-Cola.

What is another name for a Coke Float?

A coke float is an Ice Cream Float.

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Learn to make a perfect Coke Float using creamy vanilla ice cream and ice cold Coca-Cola. This classic summer drink is easy to make!

Instructions

  • Begin by adding two scoops of vanilla ice cream to a tall glass.

  • Pour cola over the top to fill the glass. Be careful not to overfill.

  • Garnish with a maraschino cherry. Enjoy immediately.

Notes

  • To make an adult drink, add a shot of dark rum, vanilla vodka or bourbon to the top of the float. Adding a shot (one ounce) of any liquor you love most will turn it into an alcoholic coke float.
  • Some recipes call for whipped cream with sprinkles and a maraschino cherry on top.
  • I like to serve my floats with a straw and a spoon. Much like a milkshake, it’s fun to have both options.
  • Try chocolate ice cream instead of vanilla for a slight variation. Even better, make one of each and compare, choosing a favorite.
  • If you want to go even more old school, use sparkling water and flavored syrups to create your sodas from scratch.
  • Use cold soda for the best possible drink on a hot summer day. You can also add a chilled glass (just pop it in the freezer for at least 30 minutes before serving).

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Coke Float

Amount per Serving

% Daily Value*

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notice: Nutrition is auto-calculated, using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where relevant, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.

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