12 Boozy Floats for Instant Happiness

Published August 12, 2022
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Indulge yourself in the days of youth, and relive the days of visiting an A&W for a crisp and perfectly fizzy root beer float. After all, what's better than a float of any type on a hot summer day or even to end the perfect day, any time of the year? A booze float. Doctor a classic ice cream and soda float with a bit of alcohol to make this nostalgic favorite a modern-day delight.

Adult Root Beer Float

Give your root beer float a bit of a kick with a vanilla rum to make this classic of classics a key player for any adult night in. If you can't find vanilla rum, go ahead and use vanilla vodka.

adult root beer float with rum

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vanilla rum
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • Root beer to top off

Instructions

  1. In a highball or fountain glass, add vanilla ice cream and vanilla rum.
  2. Top off with root beer.

Movie Marathon Boozy Root Beer Float

This boozy root beer float packs a punch, so sip slowly, or better yet, enjoy this adult float slowly as it melts to create a rich and creamy drink.

movie marathon root beer float

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a highball or cocktail glass, add vanilla ice cream, vodka, spiced rum, caramel liqueur, and coffee liqueur.
  2. Top off with root beer.

Your Dad's Root Beer Float

This boozy recipe is absolutely the root beer float you'd find your dad sipping on if they'd had boozy root beer in the '90s.

Your Dads Root Beer Float

Ingredients

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Alcoholic root beer to top off

Instructions

  1. In a highball or glass beer stein, add vanilla ice cream.
  2. Top off with alcoholic root beer.

Creamsicle Booze Float

Skip the creamsicle popsicle and toss all those ingredients together in a glass to enjoy an adult version as a booze float.

Creamsicle float with vodka

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces whipped cream vodka
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Orange soda to top off
  • Orange slice for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a highball or pilsner glass, add whipped cream vodka and vanilla ice cream.
  2. Top off with orange soda.
  3. Garnish with orange slice, if desired.

Triple O Booze Float

This cocktail relies on two orange ingredients and a few scoops of ice cream to pack in loads of flavor. The last 'o' is the sound of you going "ooohhhh" after that first sip.

Triple O Booze float with vodka

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces orange vodka
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Orange soda to top off

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add vanilla ice cream and orange vodka.
  2. Top off with orange soda.

Cherry Booze Float

Enjoy the warming flavors of bourbon with sweet cherry flavors in an adult float that'll fit right in during the holiday season but sure wouldn't miss the mark on a hot summer day.

cherry booze float

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces cherry-infused whiskey
  • ¼ ounce crème de cacao
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Cherry soda to top off
  • Grenadine for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a highball or cocktail glass, add vanilla ice cream, cherry whiskey, and crème de cacao.
  2. Top off with cherry soda.
  3. Garnish with a drizzle of grenadine, if desired.

Lime Booze Float

Channel the green life and plant vibes with a bright green adult booze float. The green color is thanks to the food coloring, so don't skip that critical ingredient.

lime booze float with citron vodka

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces citron vodka
  • ¾ ounce orange liqueur
  • 3-4 drops green food coloring
  • Ice
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Lemon-lime soda to top off

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, citron vodka, orange liqueur, and green food coloring.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into pint glass over vanilla ice cream.
  4. Top off with lemon-lime soda.

Adult Cream Soda Float

Recall those days of sipping an ice-cold cream soda on the deck after a day of playing in the sun with this chilly version of your favorite soda. With an adult twist, of course.

Adult Cream Soda Float with vodka

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  • ¼ ounce cherry liqueur
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Cream soda to top off
  • Chocolate sprinkles for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball or fountain glass, add vanilla ice cream, vanilla vodka, and cherry liqueur.
  2. Top off with cream soda.
  3. Garnish with chocolate sprinkles.

A Spring Day's Adult Float

There's no reason you can't use a club soda in your booze float so that other flavors can shine, especially when you're using soft floral flavors like elderflower.

A Spring Day's Adult Float with elderflower liqueur

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces elderflower liqueur
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Club soda to top off
  • Lavender buds for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add vanilla ice cream, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice.
  2. Top off with club soda.
  3. Garnish with a sprinkle of lavender buds.

Strawberry Fields Booze Float

Jam all the flavors of strawberry into a booze float, where it'll perfectly walk the line of creamy float with a touch of daiquiri.

Strawberry Fields Booze Float with rum

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces white rum
  • ¾ ounce strawberry syrup
  • ¼ ounce lime cordial
  • Ice
  • 2 scoops strawberry vanilla ice cream
  • Berry club soda to top off
  • Strawberry for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, white rum, strawberry syrup, and lime cordial.
  2. Shake to mix.
  3. Strain into highball or fountain glass over ice cream.
  4. Top off with berry club soda.
  5. Garnish with strawberry, if desired.

Classic Cola Booze Float

Have a booze float and a smile with possibly the most famous soda pop flavor. The perfect reminder that it doesn't need to be fancy to be tasty. And a little spiced rum for good measure, because who doesn't enjoy a rum and cola?

Classic Cola Booze Float with rum

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces spiced rum
  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • Cola to top off

Instructions

  1. In a highball glass, add vanilla ice cream and spiced rum.
  2. Top off with cola.

Raspberry Bramble Patch Float

There's no gin found in this bramble booze float, just a heaping handful of fresh raspberry flavors. Talk about delicious.

Raspberry Bramble Patch Float with vodka

Ingredients

  • 1½ ounces raspberry vodka
  • 1 once raspberry liqueur
  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • Lemon club soda to top off
  • Raspberries for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a rocks glass, add vanilla ice cream, vodka, and raspberry liqueur.
  2. Top off with lemon club soda.
  3. Garnish with raspberries.

Floats That Prove These Aren't Just for Kids

Slide into memories with a booze float, proving these aren't just for the kiddos to enjoy. So next time you're making an ice cream float for the little ones, go ahead and set a glass aside for yourself (with a spirit or two added) to make this the perfect way to unwind.

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