How to Make a Coke Float

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How to Make a Coke Float
You can substitute a brand other than Coke. ( Images)

A Coke float is a simple, refreshing combination of vanilla ice cream and Coca-Cola. You can make several variations of the traditional Coke float by adding another beverage or flavouring, or by substituting different flavours of ice cream. Serve Coke floats at your next summer gathering for a simple yet welcome old-fashioned treat.

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Things you need

  • Large glass
  • Ice cream scoop
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Measuring cup
  • 1 cup Coca-Cola
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 maraschino cherry with stem
  • Long-handled spoon
  • Straw

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  1. 1

    Scoop two portions of vanilla ice cream into the bottom of a large glass.

    How to Make a Coke Float
    Start your Coke float with vanilla ice cream. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Measure out a cup of Coca-Cola or other cola and add it to the glass; pour slowly to avoid excessive fizzing.

  3. 3

    Measure out 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract, if desired. Add it to the glass and stir.

    How to Make a Coke Float
    Vanilla extract adds flavour to your drink. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Place a maraschino cherry with stem attached on the top of the Coke float and serve with a straw. Provide a long-handled spoon so the ice cream may be eaten when the soda is gone.

    How to Make a Coke Float
    A maraschino cherry tops off a Coke float. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Tips and warnings

  • You can turn your Coke float into an alcoholic beverage by substituting a creamy liqueur, such as Tequila Rose strawberry cream, for the ice cream. For this recipe, mix an ounce of Tequila Rose with a splash of Coke and stir well.
  • Another variation features rum and Coke topped with rum-flavoured ice cream.
  • Try making a coffee Coke float, which combines a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a cup of sweetened coffee. The remaining space in the glass is filled with Coke.
  • Try different flavours of ice cream, such as chocolate, lemon or cherry.

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