A fun take on the ice cream shop classic, this Tropical POG Float is the perfect treat for the end of summer, or any special occasion where you need a little hint of paradise.
Since we’re vacationing in Hawaii this week, I thought it only fitting to share my new favorite EASY ice cream recipe – the Tropical Pineapple Orange Guava (POG) Float!
To be fair, I don’t know if I can even call this a recipe because it is soooo simple to make. It only involves four ingredients, all of which you should be able to find at your average grocery store, and takes almost no time to make. There is no cooking involved, just some basic combining of ingredients – the perfect type of late summer recipe when none of us want to be spending hours in the kitchen. Move over, s’mores, I think this Tropical POG Float MAY just turn into the new favorite.
The hubby and I have long been fans of the root beer float. So much so, in fact, that we served them as a second dessert at our wedding. There’s something about that classic taste and refreshing quality that just makes you feel like a kid again – and leaves you wondering why you haven’t made such a simple dessert more often during your adult life.
I still love me a basic root beer float, but this Tropical Pineapple Orange Guava version may just take the top spot, at least during these warm summer months.
But before I get to the recipe, let me clear things up a bit. In Hawaii, POG juice is a huge thing – you’ll see it on the menu at many restaurants, and there are countless different brands sitting on the grocery store shelf. On the islands, however, POG usually stands for “passion orange guava” and, as much as I’d love for it to be widely available here on the mainland, it really isn’t. Three ingredients that ARE widely available here, however, are pineapples, oranges and, at least here in Cali, guava juice. So forgive me for not sticking to the script per se, but I’m pretty sure you’re not going to be disappointed.
Here’s how I constructed my very own Tropical POG Float:
- Get some nifty float glasses (although any old glass will do.)
- Add some chopped pineapple to the bottom.
- Top with orange sherbet.
- Add some easy homemade pineapple guava soda (maybe throw in a dash of rum if you’re so inclined.)
- Garnish with a pineapple wheel, spoon and paper umbrella.
I tell ya, I feel guilty even considering this a “recipe” but it is just way too good not to share.
Let me know how you like it once you give it a shot, and if you know of any other great “float” concoctions, leave them in the comments below!
Tropical Pineapple Orange Guava (POG) Float
- 5 slices canned pineapple wheels, divided
- 1 ounce pineapple syrup (the juice from the can)
- 2 ounces guava juice
- 3 ounces soda water
- 4 scoops orange sherbet
- Take 3 of the pineapple wheels and chop them into a small dice. Place in the bottom of your glass.
- Combine pineapple syrup, guava juice and soda water in a small glass, set aside.
- Scoop two scoops of orange sherbet into each glass, then divide the pineapple-guava soda among the two glasses.
- Garnish each glass with a pineapple wheel. Serve with a spoon and enjoy!