Bourbon Ice Cream Float Recipe

Something about an old-fashioned ice cream float brings us back to our childhood, but we decided to give that throwback treat an adults-only twist with a healthy dose of bourbon to go along with the creamy ice cream and fizzy soda this time around. With only three simple ingredients, a dreamy cold indulgence is just seconds away—making it just as perfect and easy to whip up on an average night as at a full-blown cookout. Above all, we love the versatility of this bourbon-laced ice cream float. Feeling exotic? Go with a spicy ginger ale or ginger beer with vanilla ice cream and orange-infused bourbon. Feeling extra Southern? Throw together old-fashioned root beer, pralines-and-cream ice cream, and your favorite bourbon. Feeling autumn-inspired? Pick hard apple cider, dulce de leche ice cream, and your favorite bourbon. All of these options—and any more fun variations you can come up with—pair incredibly well with the robust finishing touch the bourbon provides. Ice cream floats are a fun way to get everyone involved in the dessert process with a DIY twist. Set out different soda and ice cream options and let your guests go wild. There's bound to be at least a few interesting combinations to test out, and the bourbon should definitely be allowed to be poured a plenty to the guests' taste! You can bet you're going to be the hostess to beat after serving up these fun treats.

Bourbon Ice Cream Float
Photo: Caitlin Bensel; Food Styling: Karen Rankin; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis
Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
Serves 1 (serving size: 10 to 12 oz.)


  • 2 scoops ice cream

  • 1/2 cup carbonated beverage

  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz.) bourbon


  1. Freeze a 16-ounce glass 10 minutes. Add ice cream to glass. Stir together carbonated beverage and bourbon in a small measuring cup. Pour mixture over ice cream, and serve with a spoon and a straw.

Chef's Notes

Try One of These Other Great Combinations:

Spicy ginger ale (such as Buffalo Rock), vanilla ice cream, and Orange-Infused Bourbon

Root beer, pralines-and-cream ice cream, and regular bourbon

Hard apple cider, dulce de leche ice cream, and regular bourbon

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