An ice cream soda, also known as a float, is a delicious and refreshing beverage that combines ice cream with a carbonated drink. The classic version involves placing a scoop or two of ice cream in a glass and then pouring a carbonated beverage over it. Here are a few common varieties:

  1. Root Beer Float: Made with root beer and vanilla ice cream. This is one of the most traditional and popular versions.
  2. Coke Float: Made with Coca-Cola and vanilla ice cream. Other colas can be used as well.
  3. Black and White: Made with chocolate ice cream and vanilla or cream soda.
  4. Orange Float: Made with orange soda and vanilla ice cream, often called a creamsicle float.

How to Make a Basic Ice Cream Soda


  • 1-2 scoops of your favorite ice cream (vanilla is commonly used)
  • 1 can or bottle of your favorite soda (root beer, cola, etc.)


  1. Place the ice cream scoops into a tall glass.
  2. Slowly pour the soda over the ice cream. Pouring slowly helps manage the foam that forms.
  3. Serve immediately with a straw and a long spoon.

Tips for the Perfect Ice Cream Soda

  • Chill your glass: This helps keep the soda and ice cream cold for longer.
  • Experiment with flavors: Mix and match different ice creams and sodas to find your perfect combination.
  • Add toppings: Consider adding whipped cream, a cherry, or sprinkles for an extra treat.

Ice cream sodas are a fun and nostalgic treat, perfect for hot summer days or anytime you want a sweet, fizzy delight!

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