What is a Soda float?

What is an ice cream soda float?

Soda float or Ice cream soda float is a dessert-type or recreational-type drink made using ice cream and soda, carbonated water or soft drink such as root beer (hence the alternative name; root beer float). The drink may contain other ingredients such as candy, syrup, milk, and whipped cream.

Ice cream soda originates from the US. It was first created by Robert McCay Green, a flavored drink seller back in 1874 in Philadelphia, PA. The idea came to him on a hot day after he ran out of the ice he was using to make flavored drinks and decided to use vanilla ice cream instead. It’s worth noting there are other people who claim to have invented the ice cream float, including Green’s own employee, George Guy, Fred Sanders, and Philip Mohr.

Besides having a great taste, ice cream soda works because the carbon dioxide inside the soda is displaced from the resulting solution to form a small fountain of foam and bubbles that isn’t messy.

What are the most common flavors of ice cream soda floats?

There are many flavors based mainly on the ingredients. The most common include vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, coke, root beer;

1. Vanilla ice cream soda float

This drink is made using several scoops of vanilla ice cream and unflavored carbonated water. The ice cream is put first in a glass before pouring in carbonated water until the resulting foam rises to the top. Some whipped cream is added and a cherry.

When Sprite soda or 7 Up is used instead of unflavored carbonated water, the resulting drink is known as snow white. 

2. Chocolate ice cream soda float

This drink is made like the vanilla ice cream soda float. The only difference is the ingredients used, i.e., chocolate ice cream or vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup.

3. Strawberry ice cream soda float

This drink is made in a similar manner to vanilla float ice cream soda float but using strawberry flavored ingredients like strawberry soda, strawberry syrup, and strawberry or vanilla ice cream.

4. Coke ice cream float

As the name suggests, this ice cream float is made with any cola/coke drink and vanilla ice cream.

5. Root beer float

Root beer float or brown cow or black cow is made using root beer and vanilla ice cream. However, some variations use other ice cream flavors. Beer may also be substituted, making variations like black cow different in some region in the US. While root beer float contains only root beer and vanilla ice cream in some places, some areas use chocolate ice cream to make a brown cow or chocolate cow. Some areas also substitute beer with cola and call it a black cow such as Northern Illinois and Northeastern Wisconsin.

Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

This recipe uses frozen strawberries, makes this a very easy breakfast, which can be enjoyed year-round.  Especially during the hot days of summer and early fall when you may not want to start your day by eating something hot

Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of sugar or sweetener equivalent (optional)
  • 1 banana, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup of whole milk or plain unsweetened yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups of frozen strawberries

Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie Directions

  • Peel and slice a fresh banana
  • Add all ingredients to blender and lock lid
  • Pulse blend until well mixed and smooth
  • Pour into two chilled glasses, garnish (if desired) and serve.

Servings

  • About two eight-ounce glasses

Orange Carrot Smoothie

Here is a quick and easy smoothie which pares the nearly always complimentary flavors of carrot and orange into a cool and refreshing drink or afternoon snack.

Orange Carrot Smoothie Ingredients

  • 2 oranges
  • 1 ½ cups fresh apple juice
  • 1 ½ cups carrots
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 teaspoon sweetener (optional)
  • Ice cubes, as required

Orange Carrot Smoothie Directions

  1. Peel oranges, remove seeds and separated into segments
  2. Wash, and shred or dice carrots
  3. Peel and slice bananas
  4. Put all the ingredients and add into a blender.
  5. Pulse blender until smooth.
  6. Pass the mixture through a strainer if desired to remove larger bits.
  7. Pour the smoothie mix into two chilled glasses and serve immediately.

Orange Carrot Smoothie Servings

  • Makes 2 servings

Raspberry and Peach Smoothie

This is a simple summertime recipe which shows the flexibility of smoothies and the ease of incorporating seasonal fruits, in this case, fresh summer raspberries and peaches.

Servings

  • Makes 2 servings

Raspberry and Peach Smoothie Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 1/2 cups milk of your choice
  • 2 peaches, pitted, chopped
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • Sweetener, sugar, honey or agave nectar to taste
  • Ice cubes, as required

Raspberry and Peach Smoothie directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Pulse blender until ingredients are smooth.
  3. Pour into 2 chilled drinking glasses and serve.

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Easy Fresh Peach Smoothie

With summer getting into full swing and peaches being in season it is time to consider making a cool and refreshing preach smoothie to take the edge off of the summer heat. Of course, you can always just make one for the flavor and for the nutrition, there is nothing wrong with that. Actually, you don’t really need an excuse to make a nice tasty peach smoothie so here’s a simple recipe for a fresh peach movie.

Servings

  • Makes 1 – 2 serving

Easy Fresh Peach Smoothie Ingredients

  • ½ cup milk of your choice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 fresh peach, pitted, chopped
  • 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • Crushed ice, as required
  • Sweetener of your choice to taste

Easy Fresh Peach Smoothie Directions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Pulse blend until smooth.
  3. Pass the mixture through a strainer if desired.
  4. Pour into a glass and serve.

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Screwdriver (alcoholic)

The screwdriver is a nice cool drink for a hot, lazy summer afternoon, which has been around since at least the 1940s.  So, not only can you have a nice relaxing drink, but you will be drinking a classic.

Servings

  • Makes 2 servings

Equipment Required

  • 2 chilled cocktail glasses
  •  A blender

Screwdriver Ingredients

  • 1 cup cracked or crushed ice
  • 4 ounces of orange juice
  • 4 ounces of vodka

Screwdriver Directions

  • Pour all ingredients into the blender and cover
  • Short pulse blender two or three times to combine and chill drink
  • Strain into cocktail glasses to remove ice
  • Serve immediately

Cook’s Notes

  • Fresh orange generally is preferred, but a high-quality commercial orange juice will do just fine
  • Cracked ice generally works best and makes the straining process easier
  • Keep your blender pulses very short; you are mixing and chilling the drink, not making a smoothie

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Homemade Irish Coffee

No other beverage can be better than Irish coffee that can warm you up from within and out on the cold mornings of the winter season. But before discussing its original recipe, you must have brief information about its origin and reasons for popularity.

Origin of Irish coffee

The history of Irish coffee is fascinating. People believe that this great drink was invented in the 1940s by the head chef of a restaurant on a Flying Boat Terminal of Foynes in Limerick County, Joe Sheriddan. He mixed whiskey and tea to serve an Irish drink to the travelers. Later on, he used this formula with coffee and whiskey. With time, this cocktail of coffee and whiskey became a favorite drink throughout the world.

Reasons for the popularity of Irish coffee

Irish coffee has earned notoriety as a coffee and alcohol-based beverage all over the world for less than one century in the world of cocktails. It is liked by a wide range of admirers and lovers not only for its pleasant and sweet taste but also for a significant level of alcohol in it. All the ingredients used in this drink must be combined in a balanced and harmonious manner to make it a perfect drink.

Recipe of Irish coffee

This refreshing drink can be prepared quickly and without any problem by following the recipe provided in this write-up. The ingredients required to make this fabulous drink may include caster sugar, coffee granules, heavy cream, and Irish whiskey. Before creating a perfect Irish coffee, first of all, you should dissolve some coffee granules in some boiling water to brew a cup of basic coffee. Then you will have to mix caster sugar and whiskey in the coffee and stir it well. Before serving this drink, you should garnish it with some heavy cream and sprinkle powder of nutmeg on it to give a bitter and sweet taste to the drink. Earlier cream was added to this drink, but today people use whipped cream to make its more delectable variant.

You can make this great drink at your home to enjoy with your family and friends by following the recipe provided below.

Irish Coffee Recipe

Irish Coffee Ingredients

  • 1 dash of nutmeg powder
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons of Irish whiskey
  • 6 oz. hot, strong, black coffee

Directions For Irish Coffee

Step 1: Make strong black coffee.  I use my coffee maker for this, but you can make the coffee however you are most comfortable—even hot instant coffee can be used.

Step 2: Warm the serving Cup or glass by filling it with hot water and letting it set a minute or two and then dumping out the water.

Step 3: Refill the serving glass with the hot coffee leaving room for the Irish Whiskey

Step 4: Now, add the sugar and Irish whiskey and stir it well.

Step 5: The drink is ready to serve. To serve, garnish it with a spoon of cream and drop nutmeg powder over it. In modern times folks like to froth the cream or use whipped cream.

Irish coffee should be served instantly after preparing with snacks or cookies as per your liking.

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