The perfect precursor to the weekend!
The perfect drink and dessert all in one, this Pomegranate Soda Ice Cream Float just might have to make an appearance at any end-of-summer festivities you’ll be hosting over the next couple of weekends. Because we can’t say “sayonara” to summer without a proper send-off now, can we?
I’m not sure if I’ve ever shared it here on the blog, but the hubs and I are just a bit obsessed with root beer floats. I’m not too sure what brought our obsession about, I think one day early on in our relationship we were talking about how it had been so long since either of us had enjoyed the favorite childhood dessert, so we then proceeded to go out to the grocery store and get all the fixin’s. Since then, root beer floats have been a go-to special treat for us. So much so that we even served them at our wedding last summer!
So when the folks at Sonoma Syrup Co. asked me to create a fun Labor Day-themed recipe using their Pomegranate Grenadine Simple Syrup, a float was the first thing that came to mind. I mean, who doesn’t want to celebrate the last long weekend of summer with ice cream and the sweet, delicious flavor of pomegranate, which just so happens to be coming into season as we speak? The Pomegranate Soda Ice Cream Float was born.
Now, you could be really fancy and whip up some of your own vanilla ice cream for the float, but if you’d rather spend your weekend enjoying friends, family, the outdoors, etc., you’ll be just as well off by grabbing some high-quality premade stuff from your local grocery store.
Aside from the ice cream, all you’ll need for this show-stopper of a recipe is some soda water, Sonoma Syrup Co.’s Pomegranate Grenadine Simple Syrup (the real star of the show) and fresh pomegranate arils to add some festive color and a little tart crunch to the drink.
If you haven’t made your own soda before, prepare to have your mind blown. Even if you don’t own a fancy SodaStream, as long as you have a good stock of flavored simple syrups and some bubbly water on hand (store bought is a-ok), you can make a myriad of flavors. All you have to do is stir together the syrup and soda and you have a tasty, refreshing drink in no time at all!
So that’s our first step: mixing together the Pomegranate Grenadine Simple Syrup and some soda water to make the perfect topper for our vanilla ice cream.
The next step is to load up a big glass with said ice cream (I’ll let you decide how much, I know the ratio of ice cream to soda is definitely based on one’s personal preference) and then top with the pre-made soda.
Finally, sprinkle your fresh pomegranate arils over top and be sure to serve your floats with both a straw and a spoon for maximum enjoyment.
Whether you mix these up today or wait until Labor Day weekend comes around, I’ll bet there will be no dreading going back to school when there are Pomegranate Soda Ice Cream Floats involved!
This new take on the classic float features a delicious pomegranate flavor and fresh vanilla ice cream - the perfect way to send off summer!
- 1 cup soda water
- 2 tablespoons Sonoma Syrup Co. Pomegranate Grenadine Simple Syrup
- Vanilla ice cream
- Fresh pomegranate arils, for garnish
In a large measuring cup, gently stir together the soda water and pomegranate simple syrup.
Fill two large glasses with desired amount of vanilla ice cream. Pour even amounts of pomegranate soda over each mound of ice cream.
Garnish with fresh pomegranate arils and serve with both a straw and a spoon!