Creamsicle Float

This easy Creamsicle Float is made from only three ingredients! It is perfect for serving on a sunny summer afternoon, or as a quick-to-make treat after dinner. This float also makes a great dessert for your next backyard BBQ.


creamsicle float

Beat the heat with this ice cream float that tastes just like an orange creamsicle popsicle. And because it is so easy to make, we enjoy these all summer long.

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What’s In A Creamsicle Float?

There are only three ingredients in this recipe.

  • Vanilla Ice Cream. Any vanilla ice cream will work. Our favourite is Chapman’s Creamery Vanilla Ice Cream, but we have use other ice cream brands as well.
  • Orange Juice. We use 100% unsweetened orange juice to make this recipe.
  • Orange Soda. Use your favourite orange soda, like Orange Crush. Our go-to is usually President’s Choice orange soda.

Can This Float Be Turned Into a Cocktail?

Yes! We have made these floats for backyard BBQs as an after dinner drink. For the underage guests we make them as the recipe states.

For an adult version, we add either vodka or Malibu rum to the orange soda before adding the frothed ice cream.

Is Any Special Equipment Needed to Make This Float Recipe?

To make these floats, a milk frother is used to mix the ice cream and orange juice together. This little tool helps to combine the two ingredients.

If you don’t have one, a whisk can be used in its place. It takes a little more effort with a whisk but it still works.

Tips For Making These Floats

Creamsicle Floats are very easy to make but there are a few tips to make them easier.

Chilling the orange soda before making this recipe is recommended. Ice cubes can be added to the soda if the soda isn’t very cold. Chilled soda helps to keep the soda from frothing a lot when the ice cream is added.

When pouring the ice cream mixture into the soda, pouring slowly is better because then the ice cream mixture will stay on top and slowly move to the bottom.

If you pour too much of the ice cream into the soda at once, the soda will bubble and may cause the drink to over flow and create a mess.

How To Serve Creamsicle Floats

These floats should be served right away. The ice cream in the recipe will not stay fresh at room temperature for a long period of time.

A frosted glass makes serving these even better, especially when serving outdoors.

A slice of orange is a nice garnish on the rim of the glass along with a straw for drinking.

creamsicle float

Creamsicle Float

An ice cream float that tastes just like a creamsicle popsicle
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1 serving


  • milk frother


  • 4 ounces vanilla ice cream
  • 2 ounces orange juice, unsweetened
  • 4 ounces orange soda, chilled


  • In a bowl or large measuring glass, place ice cream and orange juice.
  • Using a milk frother or whisk, mix the ice cream and juice together until blended and creamy.
  • Pour orange soda into a large glass, 8 ounces or larger.
  • Slowly top the soda with the ice cream mixture.
  • Add a straw and serve immediately.


It is best to pour the ice cream mixture into the soda slowly to avoid overflowing. 
Keyword drinks, ice cream

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