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Bourbon Orange Soda Cherry-Vanilla Ice Cream Float - BoulderLocavore.com

Bourbon Orange Soda Cherry-Vanilla Ice Cream Floats

The blending of bourbon, orange and cherry flavors make these boozy adult floats a fun surprise for any occasion. Freezing the ice cream balls beforehand allows them to stay formed longer in the float as well as well as makes creating the floats faster in the moment. Chilling the orange soda and the bourbon, as well as popping the glasses in the freezer for 5-10 minutes will slow the ice cream melting in the cocktail if desired. For underage or teetotalling guests, omit the bourbon and proceed making the float with all other steps. Everyone should try this!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bourbon ice cream float, cocktail ice cream floats
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail float (additional floats may be made by multiplying the ingredients by the desired number of floats)
Calories 311 kcal
Author Toni Dash


Ingredients PER 1 Cocktail Float (can be multiplied for additional floats):

  • 1/2-3/4 cups Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream formed into 4-1 1/2 inch diameter balls
  • 1 ounce Bourbon (I used Maker’s Mark)
  • 8 ounces Orange ‘Soda’ (aproximately) (I used San Pellegrino Sparkling Orange Beverage – Aranciata, which is widely available), chilled
  • 2 Maraschino Cherries
  • 14 ounce Collins Glass , straw


  1. Place ice cream balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until hard; preferably overnight.

To Make the Floats:

  1. Pour the bourbon in a 12-14 ounce Collins glass. Add the Maraschino cherries followed by the 4 ice cream balls. Fill with Orange Soda (pouring on a tilt will help minimize the foam). Serve with a straw.
Nutrition Facts
Bourbon Orange Soda Cherry-Vanilla Ice Cream Floats
Amount Per Serving
Calories 311 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 131mg4%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 41g46%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 280IU6%
Calcium 84mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.