Strawberry Float

Ice cream floats bring back so many great memories of summer and good times spent with friends and family. This Strawberry Float recipe is a bit dressed up – almost too pretty to eat! Fix these up for a backyard BBQ, a quick and easy dessert that the kids will love, or even just an indulgent afternoon treat.

We’ve made ours with dairy-free vanilla ice cream, but you can use regular ice cream if you prefer.

Strawberry Float

Strawberry Float

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 2 floats
Calories: 229kcal

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  • 16 oz. sparkling water
  • 2 scoops ½ cup dairy free vanilla ice cream

Strawberry Syrup

  • 16 fresh California strawberries hulled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup honey/maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water


To make Strawberry Syrup:

  • In a medium saucepan bring strawberries, honey/maple syrup and water to a boil over medium heat. Mash strawberries as they cook to break them down & release more juices. Once boiling, reduce to medium-low heat and cook for an additional 8 mins. Remove from heat and let cool. Add to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for a few hours.

To make Float:

  • Divide strawberry syrup mixture between 2 tall glasses. Pour in equal amounts of sparkling water and stir to combine. Top each with a scoop of dairy free vanilla ice cream, serve immediately with a straw & spoon.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 26mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 47g

2 Comments on “Strawberry Float

Crystal R Hogan
February 2, 2023 at 4:27 pm

5 stars
My friend Henry is going to have a ice cream truck this summer it’s going to be gourmet ice cream shaved ice and root beer float strawberry floats what is dairy free ice cream

CA Strawberries
February 2, 2023 at 4:32 pm

Hi there. It’s not necessary to use dairy-free vanilla ice cream. But dairy free ice cream is typically made with a plant-based milk like oat or almonds, as opposed to whole milk or heavy cream. We hope that helps.


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