Strawberry Lemonade Floats

Last month we went on a family vacation to California to visit my husband’s grandmother. At Grandma’s house I noticed a tree…a lemon tree…with ripe lemons! (I have a major thing for lemons) I honestly don’t remember ever seeing a lemon tree before. I was so excited to bring home some fresh lemons from Grandma’s tree!

What does one make with fresh lemons….real fresh lemons…fresh from a lemon tree lemons? Lemonade….of course! But not just any lemonade. Strawberry Lemonade….with ice cream. A Strawberry Lemonade Float!

I figured that if we add ice cream to root beer or orange soda, we could probably add it to carbonated strawberry lemonade and get excellent results. But it did sound a little strange to me until I realized that there was a variation of this drink in A Passion for Ice Cream. Then I realized that I probably didn’t come up with the idea on my own…I had just been subconsciously storing the idea ever since I read that book a month ago (yes, I read cookbooks for fun….like novels…and much more frequently than I read novels).

Here is how I made it. Feel free to mix it up based on your taste preferences. I really don’t think any measuring is required. Just do what tastes good!

Strawberry Lemonade Float
adapted from A Passion for Ice Cream

Makes one serving (about 8 oz)

2 Tablespoons Fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 Tablespoons sugar
4 oz sparkling water (you may want more, I prefer less carbonation)**
2-3 strawberries, chopped
1-2 scoops vanilla ice cream (recipe follows)

Mix fresh lemon juice with sugar until dissolved and add sparkling water. In the bottom of your glass layer the strawberries and ice cream. Pour in the lemonade mixture. Enjoy!

**You can substitute lemon/lime soda, Sprite, or 7-up…you just might want to cut back on the granulated sugar.

Vanilla Ice Cream: (Slightly Adapted from Cuisinart)

I recommend using the basic vanilla ice cream recipe that comes with your ice cream maker. I usually like using the easy recipes that don’t use eggs, because they are fast. You can also experiment with the milk to cream ratio to find the texture and taste you like the best.

1 cup fat free milk (you could also use whole milk or half and half)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
pinch salt
2 cups heavy cream
1/2 – 1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Mix all the ingredients together until sugar is dissolved. Cover and refrigerate until ready to process (at least one hour). Follow freezing directions for your ice cream maker.


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13 Responses to Strawberry Lemonade Floats

  1. Thanks so much for visitng Recipe Roundup! Your recipes look amazing- I will definitely be trying some! Have a great day!

  2. wow, those look so summery + delicious! i love the combination of strawberry + lemon, so i’ll definitely be trying these!

  3. OH this looks delish – could adapt my sugar fee limeade recipe: to lemons…

  4. Those look so good–especially on a hot day like today! I love fresh lemons and I wish we had a lemon tree in our backyard :) Thanks for sharing!

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Nice to “meet” you. And these floats rock! They look fantastic.

  6. WOW, your site looks crazy delicious…it makes me want to lick my screen.

  7. This looks amazing! I would love it if you came by and shared some of your recipes with us at Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow.
    I hope to see you there!

  8. My dad has been on a lemonade kick recently and often adds cherries to his. I know he would love it with ice cream, so thank you so much for sharing your idea!

  9. Thank you so much for stopping by Cast Party Wednesday last week. I really appreciate you sharing your recipes with us. I hope you will join us again for another awesome party filled with yummy recipes.
    Thanks Again!

  10. Wow this really looks delicious!! Thank you for linking up to Sharing Sundays theme CITRUS!


  11. Oh wow – that is stunning! You have such beautiful photographs. I love that you used the strawberry and lemon combo, it sounds delish :)

    If you’d like, I wanted to invite you to share your best recipes over at my new party, Recipe Sharing Monday at Jam Hands. I’m going to be featuring my favorite submissions during the week and I’d love it if you’d join in the fun. :O)

  12. Holy cow, this looks good! So refreshing. I live in California and yes, I do have a lemon tree! That made me laugh that you hadn’t seen one before, but I’m sure where you live there are things I’ve never seen before either :-) This made me very thirsty! Alas, the lemons on my tree are still in the green stage, but when they ripen I will try this!
    Michael Ann
    The Big Green Bowl

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