Orange Cream Floats

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Orange Cream Floats. Three beautiful words. Three simple ingredients. Vanilla ice cream, orange juice & sparkling water. Sure, this recipe could easily be adapted (different sodas, ice creams! ¬†juices!), fancied up (lavender? honey? rosemary?) or spiked (vodka, rum, gin!) but really—it’s perfect just the way it is.

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This is one of those drinks that will remind an adult of their childhood and will create a lasting impression on a kid who’s still figuring out the crazy nuances of preschool and sharing toys with strangers.

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It’s a reminder (in a glass!) that it’s Summer and we should keep things simple. Like ridiculously simple.

Am I right?

And we’re off.

First things first. CHILL YOUR GLASSES in the freezer!  It makes the drink better. Trust.

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Now we ingredient gather.

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Scoop out your ice cream. Ummm. I’m a sucker for melty ice cream. It’s my preferred way to eat it. (sidenote)

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Put a few scoops into your glasses. Now pour OJ on top.

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Side view! Let’s get ready for bubbles.

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*~*~*~SPARKLING WATER *~*~*~

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Straw insertion.

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It’s love.

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PURE love.

Orange Cream Floats

makes 4

recipe adapted from Real Simple Magazine

  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup sparkling water

Chill 4 glasses in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Scoop the ice cream and divide evenly among the chilled glasses. Top with the orange juice and finish with sparkling water. Serve immediately.

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  • July 10, 2013

    They look so good! I bet they would be extra good with some Grand Marnier or some sort of orange flavored vodka :)

  • July 10, 2013

    A blast from the past! I thought I had made these drinks up as a kid- everyone else was drinking raspberry soda with ice cream while I was kicking it OJ and bubble water style. Perhaps I was a bit ahead of the Australia market in the early 90s? :)

  • July 10, 2013

    This drink made me smile as if I were a kid on holiday. I’m not, but maybe it will make me feel as good.

  • July 10, 2013

    Cute picture with the writing on it. :) Haven’t had a float in years because I don’t like pop- why didn’t I ever think of orange juice? LOVE this!

  • Gah! These are so freaking cute!!! And these sound awesome!

  • July 10, 2013

    I’ve always made these with orange soda, can’t wait to try with oj and sparkling water. I know it will be awesome!

  • July 10, 2013

    Yes!! Love this cute little float!

  • July 10, 2013

    These look so delish. And they’d be so cute and simple after a dinner party.

    P.S. I bet those float are getting married. They’re totes in love.

  • July 10, 2013

    Nawwwww. Summahtime.

  • Kiera
    July 10, 2013

    Seriously beautiful photos in this post! (the floats sound delish too)

  • this is simply gorgeous!

  • Love that cute pic at the end. I’m a sucker for a smiley face drawn on a random object!

  • Oh my god, stop it with the cuteness!!! These look deeeeeevine!

  • July 10, 2013

    This is totally childhood in a glass! I totally remember being at my grandparent’s house, begging for some change and then chasing down the ice cream truck only to order and orange creamsicle. I love those flavors.

  • July 10, 2013

    adorable and delicious post!

  • July 10, 2013

    oh my GAAHHHH. So good! I can imagine the flavor bomb going on in those glasses. MUST TRY!

  • July 10, 2013

    So often, we try to unnecessarily complicate things, especially when it comes to food. Sometimes simple is perfect. I think I’m going to have to make this, possibly today.

  • July 10, 2013

    These look really great – a perfect summertime drink or dessert! Just out of curiosity, what type of ice cream did you use? It looks so thick and creamy – much better than the stuff I have in the freezer!

  • July 10, 2013

    I’m not usually a big orange juice fan, but this recipe looks quite yum. Perfect dessert when you can’t bear to turn on the oven, no? And I’m obsessed with the final photo, so cute! :)

  • July 10, 2013

    LOL.. that last picture is so cute.

  • July 11, 2013

    ooh, i love, love, love these! definitely something i’ll be making this summer!! :)

  • July 11, 2013

    Get a room. Cutest ever.

  • July 14, 2013

    These are so great. They made me smile this morning :)

  • July 14, 2013

    L*O*V*E* and thank you for giving Real Simple a little shout-out on shutter bean! This was the first story I pitched for the magazine when I got there, so feeling extra excited seeing people respond to these simple sweets–my summer go-to!

    • Tracy
      July 15, 2013

      Yes!!! Thank you for all your hard work! I LOVED THAT SPREAD!!!!

  • Jenny
    July 14, 2013

    Super cute! All I ever make is root beer floats. I may need to get myself some sparkly water now.

  • July 18, 2013

    I am enjoying one right now…and it’s so GOOD and refreshing! The heat has been unbearable here in Chicago :(

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