As it gets later in the summer, you have dig deeper into the list of summer treats to make sure that when October rolls around you’re not kicking yourself because you forgot to make that one dish while you could still get a decent tomato. Well, here’s a summer dessert you may have forgotten with an added twist that makes it strictly for grown-ups (or not if you just leave out one ingredient)–the Pimm’s Orange Soda Float.
The orange soda float gets overshadowed by its cousins the root beer float and the Coke float, but orange and vanilla taste so good together. Remember that time your parents left you home alone and you ate like five creamsicles? If you add a little Pimm’s (which also tastes great with citrus) to the mix, you get a treat that’s perfect for a little grown-up unwinding on the porch after the kids are asleep. And you can always skip the booze if your kids want to get in on the fun.
Pimm’s Orange Soda Floats
makes 2 large floats
12 oz. bottle of orange soda (we used Fizzy Lizzy–made with real juice,
sugar,* and carbonated water)
vanilla ice cream
Place a small handful of crushed ice in a large glass. Add 1.5 oz. of Pimms’ to each glass and swirl briefly. Add a wedge of orange, and a big scoop of ice cream. Split the soda between the two glasses, slowly pouring over the ice cream. Garnish with a big orange slice, add a straw, and serve immediately.
*This post originally stated that Fizzy Lizzy’s had sugar, but it turns out they don’t! Even better if you’re looking for a healthy alternative to sodas.